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Big Chickens Paperback – January 31, 2008
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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.
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.
Whew, that was funny! With a great title, Writer Leslie Helakoski and Illustrator Henry Cole combined their talents to create a really funny but practical book. The chickens are made to look both silly and beautiful. Go figure. Their faces, their antics, their ways--all show just how silly these biddies are. But their full-feathered figures and delightful farm fancy frocks belie their innate bird beauty.
The story itself reveals all facts and secrets about these farm fresh matrons. They see a wolf one day coming to the hen-house. The repetition of sentence structure is set on the first page of narrative and is almost my favorite part of the story (how can you not love best a big, fluffy hen dressed in clothes!?) Listen: "The chickens pwocked, flocked, and rocked. They knocked into themselves...." and are spilled out the door with its slamming closed, locking them out into a world inhabited by wild, wooly wolves! This four-word rhyming structure will open each new chicken--that's cowardly chicken--episode with the chickens acting like, well, chickens, you know--chicken chickens. (See why the title is so funny?).
They fall into a ditch ("tutted, putted, and flutted...butted"). The funniest episode (to me) is the one which shows their fear that cows will chase them. "What if we get poked with their horns?" To escape the cows they board a rowboat. "What if we hit an iceberg?" They "sputtered, shuddered, and muttered...and fluttered.Read more ›
The illustrations by Henry Cole are simply perfect. We laugh over and over every time we see those silly chickens in their cute outfits pwocking, flocking and rocking.
The storyline is simple, the chickens see a wolf sneak into the farmyard and they run away and have quite an adventure. At one point in the story the chickens come to a lake and this is how the conversation goes:
"I'm afraid of the water," said one chicken.
"Ohh...." said the others.
"What if the boat sinks?"
"What if we fall in the lake?"
"What if we hit an iceberg?"
The chickens sputtered, shuddered and muttered. They fluttered into themselves and each other; until...
the boat tipped, and one by one they fell out.
Buy this book for your kids and grandkids, it will you bring a lot of laughter into your story time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this story. Read it with a student with a TBI to help with predictions and repetition... but I never got tired of this one either.Published 1 month ago by Mom 2 Many
What a delightful story!
As a group of chickens go on adventures to face their fears of the ever-looming wolf, they surprisingly find courage and "guts" to face their... Read more
My son loves this story. It is a little silly but teaches a good lesson at the end. It is a good book for kids in the 3-4 year old range.Published 12 months ago by Book Sleuth
This is one of the funniest books for kids that you'll ever read. Wonderful. Kids like to hear it over and over and over...Published 12 months ago by Becky Hembree
I bought this for my three and a half year old granddaughter. She loves the story. The story also has a good learning experience written within the story. Read morePublished 16 months ago by patricia a. riley