based on a true story


Gracie the Purple Chicken

About the Author

"Gracie the Purple Chicken" was inspired by the author's beloved & adopted chicken named Gracie...and yes, she really is purple!  

Gracie's story begins with being adopted and going to live in a new setting where Gracie struggles to feel accepted; Gracie is rejected, teased and bullied by "Miss Bossy Pants" and the other chickens until "Champ the Dog" stands up for Gracie! In real life, our dog rescued Gracie &  alerted us to come help!  We found Gracie badly pecked. We cleaned Gracie  off & drove her to the feed store to buy a medication for the injury.  A farmer at the feed store overheard us explaining what had happened and suggested we purchase a specific spray, " Here, spray this on and the bullying will stop".. We did just as the farmer said, & to our utter amazement, Gracie healed and her feathers turned PURPLE!  After turning purple, Gracie began acting differently too: she was more confident and happy- the bullying stopped!  Gracie was doing things she had never done before like fly to the top of the hen house and up in the tree where she would sit and sing out over the vineyards and sunflowers. 

In the story, Gracie has a dream where Champ breaks off hurtful words that were spoken and blesses Gracie..when she wakes up, Gracie is transformed with a crown and a royal mantel! 

Champ and Gracie form a no-bullying club and teach Miss Bossy pants that if you see someone being bullied, you should stick up for them. 

Feedback from Gracie the Purple Chicken has inspired me to write more stories, particularly on the subject of letting go of offense and forgiving; moving forward to become the champions we were chosen to be!

Please check back for updates on upcoming stories coming soon: 

"Miss Bossy Pants" & forgiveness

"Champ the Dog"  & integrity  

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About the Artist

Award-winning Napa Valley artist Dave Huddleston has supplied the

illustrations for "Gracie, the Purple Chicken". This latest of several

children's books he has illustrated, or illustrated and co-written, was

of special interest to Dave because of the important message about

bullying and recognizing and respecting the unique qualities in others

instead of making fun of their differences.

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