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Understanding the novel Foolbirds in Hatchet

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How was a foolbird different from buying a chicken at the grocery store in Hatchet (the novel)?

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A foolbird is a bird in found in the wild that is smaller in size than a store bought chicken. Brian calls them foolbirds because they tend to fly away at the last second, and are difficult to spot.

For contextual purposes see the below excerpt from Chapter 15:

While in the woods, Brian measures time by events he experiences rather than by societal measures of time, although he does mark the passing ...

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