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Chickens Aren't the Only Ones (Sandcastle Series) Hardcover – August 1, 1981

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Text: Spanish
Original Language: English --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

After receiving a fine arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completing two years of graduate work in design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ruth Heller (1923-2004) began her career designing wrapping paper, cocktail napkins, greeting cards, and coloring books. After five years of rejection and one complete revision, Heller's first book, Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, about egg-laying animals, was published in 1981. It was so successful that the sequel, and second book to be published, Animals Born Alive And Well (1982), about mammals, quickly followed. In 1983 and 1984, her third and fourth titles, The Reason For A Flower (about plants that have seeds and flowers) and Plants That Never Ever Bloom (about plants that do not) were published.

She then began work on a collection of six books, the How To Hide series on camouflage and the magic of this phenomenon in nature, which covered the entire animal kingdom -- insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and sea creatures. The next collection of books became a five-volume series on parts of speech: A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns; Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs; Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives; Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns; and Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs. She also wrote and illustrated the unique and fascinating book Color, a charming and instructive guide to how art goes through the four color printing process.

Among the notable people who have had an influence on Heller's writing have been: Ogden Nash, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, and Dr. Seuss. Heller says of her work, "All my books are nonfiction picture books in rhyme. I find writing in rhyme enjoyable and challenging, and I think it is an easy way for children to learn new facts and acquire a sophisticated vocabulary. Children are not intimidated by big words. I try to make my writing succinct and allow the illustrations to convey as much information as possible."

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Series: Sandcastle Series
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (August 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448018721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448018720
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,275,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"Writing and illustrating my own books have given me the opportunity to choose subjects of interest to me."--Ruth HellerAfter receiving a fine arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completing two years of graduate work in design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ruth Heller began her career designing wrapping paper, cocktail napkins, greeting cards, and coloring books. After five years of rejection and one complete revision, Heller's first book, Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, about egg-laying animals, was published in 1981. It was so successful that the sequel, and second book to be published, Animals Born Alive And Well (1982), about mammals, quickly followed. In 1983 and 1984, her third and fourth titles, The Reason For A Flower (about plants that have seeds and flowers) and Plants That Never Ever Bloom (about plants that do not) were published.She then began work on a collection of six books, the How To Hide series on camouflage and the magic of this phenomenon in nature, which covered the entire animal kingdom -- insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and sea creatures. The next collection of books became a five-volume series on parts of speech: A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns; Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs; Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives; Merry-Go- Round: A Book About Nouns; and Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs. She also wrote and illustrated the unique and fascinating book Color, a charming and instructive guide to how art goes through the four color printing process.Among the notable people who have had an influence on Heller's writing have been: Ogden Nash, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, and Dr. Seuss. Heller says of her work, "All my books are nonfiction picture books in rhyme. I find writing in rhyme enjoyable and challenging, and I think it is an easy way for children to learn new facts and acquire a sophisticated vocabulary. Children are not intimidated by big words. I try to make my writing succinct and allow the illustrations to convey as much information as possible."On October 31, 1995, Grosset & Dunlap continues Heller's parts-of-speech books with the publication of Behind the Mask: A Book About Prepositions, a clever, thoughtful, eye-pleasing explanation of just how prepositions tell us about the "when" and "where" of things.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Wutke on February 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Children will enjoy listening to you read this delightful book about egg-laying animals and their unique eggs. The colorful illustrations in this story are vivid and make the book come alive with fascinating detail. The words in rhyme tell this story in an informational, but highly interesting way that will attract children. They will want to read it again to be sure they do not miss any of the remarkable pictures this book offers. The pages about the octopus and insects are my most favorite because they tell their story in such a simple way. This book would be an excellent resource for children beginning to learn about egg-laying animals. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves great picture books.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Nightingale on September 29, 2001
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With an elegant rhyming text and glorious full-page illustrations, this marvellous little book manages to convey it's information both succinctly and powerfully.
Birds,snakes, lizards,crocodiles, turtles, dinosaurs, frogs, toads, salamanders, fish, seahorses, sharks, rays, snails, spiders, insects, and a couple of mammal-like critters all lay eggs.
My Preschool and Kindergarten ESL students love it! I'd give it ten stars if I could.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1996
Format: Paperback
Ruth Heller has found the way to make that *learning* connection for children. It is an enjoyable books for adults too. Wonderful for two year olds through six year olds. Buy it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A Triano VINE VOICE on November 30, 2005
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My son brought this book home from school today as reading homework (he's in second grade). This was one of those times when I was pleasantly surprised by a homework book being better than the usual. I like the humorous rhyming language, the entertaining and educational tone, and the pretty pictures. The illustrations are not scientific in detail, but there are many recognizable species and the book is laid out in an artistic manner all too often lost now that so much is done slip-slap on computers. I am glad to see that the book is still in print. It's a winner. Not much text per page, so very easy for many, but not a baby book either.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PolBECath on April 28, 2001
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Animals that lay eggs: a simple subject but a vital biology lesson for young and old alike. Beautiful illustrations drive the point clearly and allows a great deal of discussion to flow from each page. Go learn...this is a wonderful way to approach science!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THowerton on March 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
First I love the artistic renditions and compositions in this book. The compositions, which look like they were sketched and then colored in via colored pencils (great effect), show sharp contrasts between forms on the page and blank colored backgrounds. This really draws the eye to the animals on the page, alerts it to the graded colors and allows the background to be just that: background and easily tuned out. There are detailed and beautiful animals on every page, from roosters to butterflys. The book reviews a variety of animals that give birth by laying eggs. But don't get me wrong; it doesn't go into great detail about any of the animals but just shows that they (or their species) give birth via laying eggs. There's a couple of pages full of wonderfully colored and diverse eggs (Easter eggs get their splash pages too). The poem that runs through this book is usually quite clever though there are a couple of forced rhymes that break the flow if you're reading it out loud. Informative but not overbearing. This book has been well loved at our house and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen K. Hart VINE VOICE on January 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I think it's really great that Ruth Heller introduces a complex subject in a children's book without talking down to the children. It's great that she uses "big" words like "oviparous"--kids, after all, can remember lengthy dinosaur names; there's no reason why they can't handle other long scientific words.
But I do have slight qualms. For instance, the part about amphibians says that amphibians don't have claws--what about African clawed frogs?
The illustrations are engaging, and the use of rhyme in prose makes the text flow nicely. The subject is interesting, too. I just wonder a bit about the accuracy of the "facts" presented here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
Before I read Chickens Aren't The Only Ones by Ruth Heller, I didn't know that sharks and rays lay eggs. Also, I didn't know that a ray's egg is a mermaid's purse. I didn't know that all those animals laid eggs. In this book, it repeats the title of the book a lot. I think animal lovers would like to read this book because there are all sorts of animals to learn about. This book is a great book to learn how many animals lay eggs and what kind of animals lay eggs. I think this is an amazing book for people who want to learn about animals that lay eggs.
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