In her latest children's book, "Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella," Jan Brett combines her passion for stories with her love of raising chickens.

Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella bookThe New York Times best-selling author and illustrator is also an award-winning ornamental fowl breeder and has been featured on "The Martha Stewart Show" and on the cover of "Country Woman" magazine.

Brett's flock of 75 show chickens inspired her to write a Cinderella retelling with chickens as characters.

The story is a "snowy version" of Cinderella set in 18th-century Russia. Brett traveled to Russia and did extensive research to capture the historic architecture and clothing in the book's illustrations.

Brett got her first chicken in 1999 while researching her book "Hedgie’s Surprise," which features a chicken and a hedgehog as the main characters. She needed a chicken she could handle a lot that would sit on a table in her art studio, and that chicken was the start of her flock.

Today, Brett lives in Norwell, Mass., with her 75 chickens. The flock has its very own split-level house complete with a heated pool and classical music.

The 32-page book "Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella" will be released on Nov. 5 with a hardcover list price of $17.99. Brett will be promoting the book on a 24-city tour that kicks off on Nov. 8.

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