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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
It is very obvious that Jacob Paul Patchen loves his grandparents. His book Life Lessons from Grandpa and His Chicken Coop: A Playful Journey Through Some Serious Sh*t focuses on the life lessons that Patchen’s grandpa taught him around the chicken coop that was on his grandpa’s property in Guernsey County, Ohio. The love from these lessons flows through the pages and it is hard not to feel it.
I first want to say that I wish I had grandparents like Patchen’s because they sound like amazing people. Life Lessons from Grandpa and His Chicken Coop is filled with short stories of the things that Patchen’s grandpa taught him. Each story is told with humor and honesty. I loved how Patchen’s grandpa taught him things by forcing him do them himself instead of the easy way and doing it for him. An example of this is when they were gathering eggs. Gathering eggs from protective hens is no easy task. In chapter eight Patchen writes that the greatest lesson he learned from his grandpa was compassion. I too believe that this is the greatest lesson one can learn. Compassion is something I believe more people should learn because not enough people have it.
I enjoyed reading Life Lessons from Grandpa and His Chicken Coop. Patchen’s book is funny at times, but it also teaches the reader a lesson. Love and take care of your family while you have them. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read short stories that contain a good lesson.