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Chicken Said, "Cluck!" (My First I Can Read) Hardcover – October 14, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 70L (What's this?)
  • Series: My First I Can Read
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060287233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060287238
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,023,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 2—When Earl and Pearl start a pumpkin patch, they often need to shoo Chicken out of the way, but she is determined to help. In the end, when grasshoppers begin to "nibble, nibble" on the growing pumpkins, Chicken's refrain of "Cluck! Cluck! Cluck" saves the day. This easy reader has short sentences, a variety of verb tenses, and vowel and consonant blends and digraphs. Difficult words such as "garden," "chicken," and "pumpkin" are repeated several times. Emergent readers may chime in with their own "Shoo, Shoos" and "Cluck, Cluck." The funny, expressive pen-and-ink drawings support the reading with simple clarity, e.g., "Earl watered the seeds" is the caption for an illustration of the boy with a huge watering can, Chicken hovering nearby. This could be an opportune time to introduce a September lesson on grasshoppers while they're easily found or wait for October's pumpkins.—Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA
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“A satisfying story with conflict and resolution, action and emotion . . . A gift for emerging readers—and not just during pumpkin season.” (The Horn Book)

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She was very concerned for the chicken and wondering why the children were making it shoo.
Organic-Momma
This book is an emergent reader (for sharing with an adult) from the "I Can Read!" series and also a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book.
D. Fowler
It's a simply story using simple words but it is cute and funny so therefore is a book kids really want to read.
E. Willis

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By VS Grenier Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
REVIEWED BY: Wayne Walker

Earl and Pearl are planning to grow pumpkins. They dig the garden, plant the seeds, water them, and pull the weeds. All during this time, Chicken scratches the dirt in the pumpkin patch. Earl and Pearl say, "Shoo," and Chicken says, "Cluck." However, one day the grasshoppers come and begin to nibble on the pumpkins. What will Earl and Pearl do? Is there anything Chicken can do?

My wife and I have homeschooled our two sons, so we were completely responsible for their early reading material. After putting them through a solid phonics program, we were always looking for interesting and fun books for them to read, and we used quite a few of the "I Can Read!" books from Harper Collins Publishers. The "My First Reading" level of these books are ideal for sharing with emergent readers, and we found them to be very helpful. There is nothing like the accomplishment of being able to read an entire book for stimulating confidence.

So whether you are homeschooling your children or just want to give your beginning reader some additional reading skill-building tools, Chicken Said, "Cluck" is an excellent choice. The humorous, poetic text will appeal to young children, and I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Texas Girl on June 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I picked out this book because it was a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner, and I can see why it won. The illustrations are wonderful. My son seems to sympathize with Chicken who is shooed away every time she tries to help. It has become a regular choice for bedtime reading.
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Format: Hardcover
Earl and Pearl were planning their summer gardens. Earl thought he would grow one pumpkin and not to be outdone, Pearl said "I will grow two pumpkins." Earl had his shovel and his seed packet in hand and off they went to the garden. They had someone following them and they didn't appreciate the company. It was Chicken and he was scratching the dirt. "Shoo!" said Earl. "Shoo! Shoo!" said Pearl. "Cluck! Cluck! Cluck!" That darn chicken was just a pain and wouldn't go away!

They watered their garden, weeded and tended it carefully, but there was Chicken scratching the dirt. "Cluck! Cluck! Cluck!" They tried to shoo it away, but no luck. Throughout the summer the pumpkins grew and that Chicken just kept up his antics and the more they told him to shoo, the more he scratched the dirt and clucked. "Then one day the grasshoppers came" and threatened their pumpkin crop. Grasshoppers can be very destructive to plants. Hmmmm, there was chicken scratching the dirt while they were trying to shoo the grasshoppers. Do you think there was something that Chicken could do to save the pumpkins?

This book, for a first effort, is amazingly good and fun! I loved the humor in the story and even the art work will bring a few smiles to your face, especially the drawing of the bug-eyed Chicken. This book is an emergent reader (for sharing with an adult) from the "I Can Read!" series and also a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. This would be a fun, exciting and humorous book to read during circle time, especially if you have lots of little chickens in your room who can shout, "Cluck! Cluck! Cluck!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Willis on December 30, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We homeschool and own a ton of children's books. After reading this one at a family member's home we bought it here with the great 4 for 3 book deal. We've gotten dozens of I can read books this way. It's a simply story using simple words but it is cute and funny so therefore is a book kids really want to read. I can't give it five stars because of the binding. We've been receiving more and more I can read books with a wavy binding. It would be wasteful to send it back and ask for a new copy so we keep them but it makes the book lose a star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Ripper on October 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is just a sweet and simple & yes, even repetitive little reader, in one respect. However, because the illustrations are by the great Sue Truesdell, the book has lovely layers of wisdom and warmth to it. Pay close attention to the expressions and gestures of the 'plucky' (sorry!) little optimist of a chicken. Illustrating nirvana! All of the books Sue Truesdell collaborates on reach a much deeper and more enjoyable level, by virtue of her gifts. Check out "Donna O'Neeshuck was Chased by Some Cows" and "Circus Family Dog". She is a master!
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