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Busy-Busy Little Chick Hardcover – February 19, 2013

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In this retelling of a central African folktale, Mama Nsoso’s baby chicks complain that they are cold and damp in their nest every night. Mama assures them that they’ll get to work building a more sturdy ilombe, but when the new day dawns, the whole family is distracted by the wandering meals of worms and crickets. The whole family, that is, except Little Chick, who collects crucial materials and eventually provides the distractible family with the building blocks they need to build a warm home. The repetitive narrative will appeal to younger children, who like to see what’s coming and will appreciate that the youngest character is the hero. Pinkney provides impressionistic swirls of color that bleed out of the figures of Mama Nsoso and her baby chicks, washing into backgrounds and giving a toasty warmth, as well as a mystical timelessness, to the story that will invite kids to browse through it independently. Mellifluous African words (defined in a short glossary) further perk up the telling, and an author’s note fills in source information. Preschool-Grade 1. --Jesse Karp

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Based on a Central African fable, 'The Hen's House,' this story has strong roots in the oral tradition. 'Chilly-cold' chicks complain with little peo-peo-peos, and Mama Nsoso steps with a cwa-cwa-cwa and clucks pruck! pruck! Every night Mama tells her chicks they'll build an ilombe, a new house, the next day. But while she gets distracted by tasty worms and crickets (Mama is the first little pig), Busy-Busy Chick works. Pinkney's animated chickens, scurrying and fluttering in great swaths of marigold and orange, impart abundant joy. (The New York Times Book Review)

Harrington's (Roberto Walks Home) storytelling background and careful investigation of African sources can be seen in the multitude of sound words and Lonkundo vocabulary she includes. Watching Little Chick succeed where his parent has stumbled will thrill young readers. (Publishers Weekly.)

Well-told and beautifully illustrated. (Kirkus Reviews)

A good addition to units on fables, farm animals, or African culture, and an enjoyable story in general. (School Library Journal)

Former children's librarian Harrington knows how to tell a story, and she uses repetitive elements and refrains to keep children engaged and participating. Pinkney here moves away from his usual structured scratchboard illustrations to create free and energetic watercolors in bright yellow, orange, and red, capturing a feeling of motion with his loose black lines. (The Horn Book)

Pinkney provides impressionistic swirls of color that bleed out of the figures of Mama Nsoso and her baby chicks, washing into backgrounds and giving a toasty warmth, as well as a mystical timelessness, to the story that will invite kids to browse through it independently. (Booklist)

Utterly charming. (BCCB)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374347468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374347468
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loose, sweeping watercolors grace this picture book based on African Nkundo folk tale. Busy-Busy Little Chick industriously builds the whole family a new home. What a mensch! Because the story is based on the oral tradition, the book begs to be read aloud with repeated onomatopoeic phrases. There's a nice moral to the story - even though Busy-Busy Little Chick's siblings and mother are lazy, he helps them out anyway, it's just the right thing to do.
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Mama Nsoso's little chicks are cold at night, but each day they spend their time pecking and gobbling food. All, except for the busy Little Chick, who gathers materials for a new house. Totally surprised, Mama Nsoso and her little chicks thank Little Chick for his special work. Children, ages 4-7, will like to learn about Mama Nsoso and her chicks.
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A great re-telling of a Central African folktale. Perfect for kindergarten read aloud, with lots of sound words and nice repetition. Large format also worked well with a group. My students loved the book. Another plus -- great for Common Core compare and contrast with the Little Red Hen.
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