Silkie Sunshine Cannot Fly

Heather Emerson has written a wonderful story and book, Silkie Sunshine Cannot Fly, about an odd chicken, the Silkie. It’s a fluffy, furry chicken that cannot fly. And silkie is shunned by the other chickens, until she saves all their chicks from a weasel.

Heather’s illustrations are really good, especially the ones of Silkie.

Heather and her husband have Silkies on their small homestead along with geese, turkeys, and goats. She works in her local school district as a behavioral health professional and special education paraprofessional.

She is to be admired for her advocacy for those without voices. Heather wrote this book to encourage tolerance and encourage praise for individual uniqueness.

She does all of that and more in this unique story, written for kids but worthy of adult interest too.

No, Linda and I are not going to get some Silkies, but they sure are entertaining!


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.