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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (January 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142410578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142410578
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–Helakoski gives a new twist to the old story about a henhouse and a furry predator in this funny story. These four suggestible hens are chicken in more ways than one. When they first spy a wolf, they run off to hide in the woods, but are soon frightened by a ditch, and then by a peaceful-looking group of cows, and on and on, until they end up in a cave, where an encounter with actual danger leaves them feeling brave for the first time. Bright pictures convey the comic events with an exaggerated style just right for the story line. Theres a satisfying amount of silliness that will leave children giggling at the panic-stricken fowl and the chaos they produce wherever they go. Predictable patterns in the language and in the narrative structure add appeal as well. As fluffy as the hens tail feathers, this selection will be an enjoyable read-aloud for kids on a lap or in a group.–Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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PreS-Gr. 2. Four "cautious, careful" chickens conquer their fears in this lighthearted tale. After spotting a wolf in the barnyard, the birds flee their coop, and then are afraid to return home. Everything scares them--a muddy ditch, a pasture filled with cows, a lake. But they persevere and manage each obstacle--until they arrive, "dirty, dusty, dripping, [and] dazed," at a cave, where they stumble upon the wolf who set off the chain of events. The surprise? This time, it's the wolf that flees, and the triumphant chickens swagger back home with newfound confidence. Helakoski bolsters the slim story with infectious repetition and rhyme that will encourage young listeners to chant along. Cole exaggerates the chickens' bug-eyed terror and smug triumph in expressive, full-page ink-and-watercolor pictures that are sure to provoke giggles, and children will delight in the powerful role reversal as the timid chickens realize that bullies aren't always what they seem and that the scariest fears can be overcome. Gillian Engberg
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More About the Author

Leslie Helakoski grew up in south Louisiana. She is the author of Big Chickens (the Michigan Reads Picturebook for 2007, Great Lakes Great Books Award and a GLBA finalist) and Woolbur (a Book Sense pick for 2008, Florida Reading Assoc. Honor Book and nominee for state book awards in 9 states) Her other books include Big Chickens Fly the Coop, The Smushy Bus and most recently she authored and illustrated Fair Cow. See book trailers for her books, Fair Cow and Big Chickens at
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Great details in both the story and illustrations.
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This book is proof that a great childrens book will appeal to adults as well as children.
Dana M. Witt
Love this book - it makes my kids laugh every time we read it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Woodford on July 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is just delightful for an adult and for children of a wide age-range. It is great for beginnning literacy skills with repetitive phonology, use of contrasting concepts, and interesting descriptive vocabulary along with a great ending showing how teamwork can make everyone a success. This is one book I will use over and over in my preschool language development groups.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is why I think this book should have won the Caldecott medal......

Because it is very funny how the chickens are really scared at first and then they accidentally end up doing adventurous things and they keep on doing them and they conquer their fears.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth Walter on March 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have purchased both of Leslie Helakoski's books. I have found each to be a delightful children's story with a clever message tucked lovingly between the pages. She is truly gifted in her efforts to "teach" children through the art of story - as so often our efforts as teacher/parents, etc. get filtered out.

Each book offers the child the opportunity to read and discover something about themself (i.e. courage..."The Big Chickens" or a fun with mathematics "The Smushy Bus"). But her books also allow the delicious opportunity to share the reading within the intimacy of parent-child, teacher-student, sibling-sibling and enjoy the noticing of each clever phrase, each well-chosen word to more fully take in the entire experience of her books.

Much applause to Ms. Helakoski for her gift not only to chilren but her gift to the legacy of books.
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By Carol A Crowder on April 16, 2014
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Love this children's book!! Had us all laughing and my children asking me to read it again, and again, and again!
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By Donna B on February 16, 2014
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Love this book - it makes my kids laugh every time we read it. I also gave it as a gift to my child's first grade class at the end of the year. Definitely a keeper!!
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By kmarye on January 15, 2014
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We live around a bunch of hens and feel these chickens as they are personified are plausible. That sounds awfully serious, but really, if hens were people, no small number would behave like these Big Chickens! Our almost 2 year old son loves to read this story with us, requests it frequently, and has for months. Entertaining for all involved!
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I don't think there are any too many picture books with a sense of humor in the story line. This dates from about 2008, has big gaudy pictures, invites expressive reading and had us all laughing out loud !
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By pinestar on April 13, 2013
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I bought this as a birthday present for a friend who loves her chickens. SHe was delighted with the silly antics of the chickens and their personalities. I personally liked the wolf.
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