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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–At the Greenstalk Farm, it's no problem if the sheep get lost, the farmer drops his watch down the well, the dog eats young Jeffrey's book report, the cow gets stuck in a tree, the duck steals the truck, or Mrs. Greenstalk is too tired to cook. It's Chickens to the rescue! Unless it's Sunday when they get some hard-earned rest and the pigs step in to help out. This rollicking story, made up of simple statements in a specific pattern, follows the fowls' heroics Monday through Sunday. The simplicity of the text allows the sheer brilliance of the colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations to shine through. The details in each rescue scene will have everyone laughing and noting the expressions of the animals, their crazy but appropriate outfits, and their amazing abilities. Pair this hilarious story with Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo (S & S, 2000) and David Shannon's Duck on a Bike (Scholastic, 2002) for a lively storytime about extraordinary farm animals.–Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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OK, it's a one-joke book, but in Himmelman's presentation, the joke gets funnier each time you turn the page. On Monday, Farmer Greenstalk drops his watch down the well . . . "Chickens to the rescue!" The two-page spread features a flock in a flurry. They're wearing bathing caps, or flippers, or goggles. They're flying into each other and diving down in the well. "Those are some chickens," the farmer says as he holds his wet watch. Each family member gets chicken aid. When Mom's too tired to cook dinner, the chickens don chef's hats, flip bacon, stir soup, brandish knives, and generally stir up the kitchen. After the chickens help the humans, they move on to the animals, rescuing the duck, who drives off with the farmer's car, and herding the sheep, who are running amok. The fun here comes from all the frenzy in the pictures, and it will take kids more than one look to see all the silliness. They'll enjoy that second and third glance. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Barnyard Rescue
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805079513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805079517
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Himmelman is an author/illustrator of nearly 80 books for children and books (for grown up kids) on various nature topics. He graduated School of Visual Arts in 1981, with his first book "Talester the Lizard" published later that year. Talester came about as a final assignment to create a story in his children's book illustration class. His teacher, Dale Payson, liked it enough to show to her editor at Dial - and thus began a career that continues today.

Himmelman's children's book genres range from whimsical to natural history. He is a naturalist, involved in many organizations where he gives lectures and leads trips in search of exciting flora and fauna (it all excites him). He strives to incorporate his interests with his career as an writer and illustrator because... it just makes both more fun. Sometimes, though, he just wants to make the reader laugh.

In his spare time, he plays guitar, goes on nature photography quests, and practices martial arts. He co-runs Green Hill Martial Arts (www.greenhillmartialarts.org) where he teaches Hapkido and trains in Jeet Kune Do.

Oh, and he likes books, of course - reading them is as much as writing them: Fantasy, history, and graphic novels top the list.

In 2014 Himmelman started a children's book writer/illustrator critique group where published and "pre-published" writers/artists in this genre can hone their work.

He lives with his wife Betsy in Killingworth, CT. Betsy is also an artist, and teaches art at the local high school. They have two adult children, Jeff (artist in CA) and Lizzie (business owner in PA). And there's always the usual menagerie of dogs, cats, and chickens keeping him company throughout the day.

Websites? He's got 'em:

1) www.johnhimmelman.com (homepage)
2) https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Himmelman-Childrens-Books-Natural-History-Books/107356035970569?ref=bookmarks (facebook)
3) www.greenhillmartialarts.org (his school)
4)http://allthingsreconsideredagain.wordpress.com (blog)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If I were to label my favorite kind of picture book out there, I might feel myself strongly inclined towards something I call Barnyard Frivolity. These are the picture books that take place on an "ordinary" farm and involve all kinds of good-natured looniness. For example, one of my favorite books this year was the upbeat and mighty fun, Manny's Cows: The Niagra Falls Tale by Suzy Becker. This book held a special place in my heart until my pretty little head was turned by the incredibly amusing chicken book I hold in my hands in at this time. I don't know how effective you personally feel that a flock of chickens would be in an emergency, but when it comes to benign fowl-inspired lunacy, I think "Chickens To the Rescue" trumps them all. This is perhaps THE greatest poultry book dreamed by mankind.

On a two page spread sit the deceivingly simple words: "On Monday, Farmer Greenstalk dropped his watch down the well". Poor, Farmer Greenstalk. There he stands, staring mournfully down into a great deep well, a look of sad resignation on his face. The average reader probably wouldn't pay too much attention to the chicken standing on the far left page. Its wing planted firmly where its ear would be, the chicken obviously understands the man's distress. Why do I say that? Because when we turn the page we are bombarded with thirty-one swimsuit-wearing, snorkel-sporting, deepsea-diving chickens under the words, "Chickens to the rescue!". Turn the page and the wet but satisfied birds are walking off while Farmer Greenstalk holds in his hands a damp watch. "Those are some chickens!". Indeed. That was just Monday, though. On Tuesday Mrs. Greenstalk was too tired to make dinner. "Chickens to the rescue!". A scurring flock take over the kitchen, whipping up various concoctions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on July 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There's not that much to this story. It's very short (and so very appropriate for little-little ones or squeezed-in storytimes!), detailing the misadventures of a farm family all week, and their rescues by the chickens.

The illustrations are hysterical, with the chickens frantically holding up yield signs to stop duck from stealing the truck, with them putting out a trampoline to save cow, with them scolding the dog for eating Jeffrey's homework.

Eventually, they sleep right through a rescue - but they've earned it.

It's very funny, especially if you're sure to yell every time you get to the tagline - CHICKENS! TO! THE RESCUUUUUUUUUUUE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen Montgomery on January 17, 2007
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Bought this book for my three-year old nephew...we loved the simple story and predictable text. Very age appropriate. The adorable illustrations add more to the story and make the book enjoyable by book or chicken lovers of all ages. I highly recommend this picture book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
this is why I think Chickens to the rescue should of won the Caldecot medal...

this book is very funny how the chickens go to the rescue and save the day!

each time they go to the rescue its always funny!

you will never get tired of it and it also shows great details in every part of the book

I wouls recamend it for 2+ and it is such a good book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lynch on January 4, 2011
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This is a fabulous book. We checked it out from the local library and after several times of having it checked out decided to add it to our home library. The kids love it and so do we as parents. It is funny, well written, and nicely illustrated. The kids still request it and we have been reading it for a couple years now. Excellent for both our 2 year old and 5 year old. Short enough to keep the younger one's attention and interesting enough to not bore the older one. I definitely recommend this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. P. Schrank on December 28, 2008
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Had this book before for my kids, now want it for my grandson. It came in fine shape, but the cover was on upside down. I sent a letter explaining the problem, and a new one was sent to me. I am new to Amazon, and so far, like doing business with them.
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My 3 1/2 year old son picked this book out during a trip to the library with his grandma. That night, I brought the pile of library books into his room to read before bed, and he rifled through them until we came to this book, which he insisted we read first. I had no idea what the book was about, and thus the absurd humor tickled me perhaps more poignantly than it would have had I expected it. I laughed out loud, hard, for a long time, every couple of pages or so during the reading. My son laughed pretty heartily, too, but I'm not sure if it's because he thought the book was really THAT funny, or if my laughter was contagious.

The story runs the risk of getting repetitive after multiple reads (but which story doesn't?) However, the repeated refrain "Chickens to the rescue!" is too silly to not enjoy each and every time. My son and I say it out loud, loudly, "Chickeeens to the resss-cue!" Also, the pictures that accompany each rescue attempt add to the humor and are fun to pour over.

It's not a serious book, or a very educational book, and it's certainly not scientifically accurate... but it makes story time a LOT of fun. I would recommend it for kids aged 0-6. Because it's so short and fun to read, it would probably be especially good for kids who don't have the attention span for much reading.
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