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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-A disappointing addition to Auch's collection of enjoyable stories featuring poultry with high aspirations. In Hen Lake (1995) and Bantam of the Opera (1997, both Holiday), the author successfully teamed a follow-your-dreams message with humorous storytelling, but in this tale about a self-taught hen, she runs afoul of her formula. When egg production is down, Henrietta's aunts think that the farmer is sending them on a well-deserved vacation, but the younger chicken's ability to read the truck's "Souper Soup" logo clues her in to their real destination. On her mission to save her relatives from the soup factory, Henrietta reads labels, maps, and signs, pausing along the way to warn truckloads of pigs and cows of their futures as sausages and hamburgers. After the rescue is complete, the heroine and her flock find refuge with a vegetarian organic farmer. By the end, the story's pro-reading emphasis is overwhelmed by its anti-meat slant, and ceaseless puns only underscore the macabre tone. Even if young readers understand the farmer's tasteless comments ("-she's a cream of a chicken") and the truck driver's replies ("No wonder you're wonton to keep her"), they are more likely to groan than chuckle. Auch's other protagonists were driven by the joy of self-expression; the sole motivation here is survival. The illustrations are colorful and expressive, but aren't enough to lighten the mood. Compared to the author's previous successes, this book simply isn't up to scratch.
Eve Ortega, Cypress Library, CA
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K-Gr. 2. This latest entry in Auch's popular "poultry parodies" will have educators as well as children applauding its heroine, Henrietta the hen, whose ability to read saves her aunts from becoming the next soup of the day. Henrietta's aunties are going on a wonderful all-expenses-paid vacation--or so they think. But as the truck pulls away, Henrietta notices the sign, "Souper Soup Co." Horrified, she flies into action. She reads the soup company's address from a soup can label at the grocery store, then finds the exact location by reading a map. On her way to free her aunts, she comes across a load of pigs aboard a Saucy Sausage Company truck and some cows headed for the Happy Hamburger Company. After warning the animals about their fate, she implores them to "please learn to read! Reading can save your lives!" The grateful critters get the message, and so will kids. What better messengers than Henrietta and this clever tale, hilariously illustrated in wonderfully expressive, super-silly cartoon pictures. A good choice to celebrate reading during Children's Book Week--or anytime. Lauren Peterson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 300L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; 1 edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823417042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823417049
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Do NOT buy for your young child! This book, and it's good reviews talking about "making children want to read" is a bunch of propaganda. This book is completely inappropriate, talking about cute chickens getting BEHEADED and being taken away on a truck ready for slaughter to be put into soup cans while they think it is a vacation. I was appalled and hopefully didn't give my son too many nightmares before I started making up my own words to this book. This book should have a warning that it promotes vegetarianism, and while I'm all for it, 5 year olds don't need this lesson right now, before bed. Awful.
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While the book encourages reading it does have a bit of a heavy-handed vegetarian message. When the main chicken goes to save her aunts from the soup factory she reads a sign that says "Holding Room, Beheading Room,..." She also sees a truck of pigs marked "Saucy Sausage Company" and some cows headed for the "Happy Hamburger Company". (Not to worry, our chicken heroine saves them.) Not exactly what you want to read to the little ones before bed. My child brought this home from the school library. Cute illustrations, though.
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One of the best children's books I have seen in a long time. My seven year old granddaughter has it memorized and still wants to have it read to her and then to read it to me. Henrietta and her aunts are great characters and the credit given to being able to read is great reinforcement for young readers.
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Souper Chicken is an excellent narrative for teaching reading skills while having fun with the personnas of the characters.
It's theme, readers are better informed and less likely to be taken in by
dubious schemes.
It is entertaiing, the artwork is descriptive and colorful.
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Love this book for my four year old! It's cute, funny and really emphasizes the importance of learning to read. Reading about Henrietta has inspired my daughter to start teaching herself to read, with a little help :-)
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Excellent book, my copies keep disappearing; so I'm on my third order. Excellent book, my copies keep disappearing; so I'm on my third order.
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This book is a lot of fun. It is a cute story. Teachers and children will love it! I highly recommend this book along with The Plot Chickens.
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