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APRIL –  A TIME FOR SPECIAL GUESTS

“April is a month of waiting.  We wait for the last bit of snow and ice to melt.  The land lies cold and damp, so we wait for it to warm up.  Sloughs and fields of bleached stubble provide a “bed and breakfast’ for flocks of geese and ducks migrating to their northern summer homes.   Their return is reassuring.  We watch for any hint of green on the brown countryside. The first brave little crocus signals it is time to work the land.”

– Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet

This painting is one of 12 paintings reproduced in “A Prairie Year” – a children’s book written by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet and published by Tundra Books.

Acrylic on Canvas 1994

Canvas Size    H 24″ x W 30″

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Description

For over 50 years, Grandpa has been anticipating the arrival of the tiny new baby chicks on the second week in April that had been ordered early in the year from a local hatchery.  He has been busy preparing a stall in the barn with the help of his grandson.

Grandpa and Grandma are excited to show the grandchildren the new chicks and explain the story about a chick’s egg tooth – a small, sharp horn-like growth on the tip of a newborn chick’s beak. They use it to crack and break through the surface of their egg during hatching so they can break free. Once a chick enters the world, they no longer need their egg tooth. For most chicks, it will simply drop off within 3 to 4 days after being outside of their egg.

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