Hens Dancing by Raffaella Barker was a perfectly pleasant summer read. The book is written diary-style by a single mother of three small children, Venetia, living in the English countryside with a brood of hens, piglets, dogs, cats and plenty of other creatures wandering in and out of her home. Venetia’s life fluctuates between idyllic and chaotic as she manages her children and home with minimal help from family members and random visitors. She is honest and witty, and her family’s adventures out in the country had me longing for a large field to run through or a pond to swim in. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, Summertime, after I get through the stack of library books I picked up Friday–it turns out when you put ten books on hold, you might receive them all at once!