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Stuck in the Mud Hardcover – February 19, 2008

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“Early in the morning, down on the farm, a new day is dawning, peaceful and calm,” calm that is until Hen counts her chicks and discovers that one has disappeared—again. She finds the babe in the middle of the farmyard, stuck fast in the mud. What follows is a new take on the classic “Enormous Turnip” story, with Clarke offering an exuberant, rhyming romp complete with familiar farm characters that Hen enlists to help free her chick. Cat, Dog, Sheep, Horse, and even Farmer take a turn pushing and pulling “again and again,” only to become stuck themselves. This colorfully illustrated tale, featuring broadly sketched characters in bold colors, will surely be a read-aloud favorite. The surprise gatefold near the end of the book will delight children, who will surely see themselves in  Chick—who really wasn’t stuck; he just wanted company to play in the mud. Preschool-Grade 1. --Shauna Yusko

About the Author

Jane Clarke worked as an archaeology lecturer, history teacher, and library assistant before she began her career as a writer. She has written over a dozen books and also writes poetry. She lives in Kent, England. Visit her Web site at www.jane-clarke.co.uk

Garry Parsons has illustrated many books for children, including Walker's Trouble at the Dinosaur Café. He lives in London, England.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1st edition (February 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080279758X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797582
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2011
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This has definitely become a favorite in our house. My two year old loves the story, but her older cousins (7 and 9) enjoyed it just as much as she did. Great repetition and rhyming with a surprise ending. Makes my toddler laugh every time and enjoys the anticipation of what is to come. Fun illustrations and lots to look at for a little one who doesn't always have time to sit and read - really captures her attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Campbell VINE VOICE on November 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Little chick is stuck in the mud and Hen's in a panic to get him out; instead she finds herself stuck. The cat overhears her distress and comes to their aid to wind-up in the same predicament. Everyone that attempts to get them unstuck finds themselves stuck! Turns out chick has a surprise in store for everyone.

This adorable book is a rollicking, rhyming, good time. The illustrations are bold and expressive which successfully conveys Hen's alarm in a humorous way. The opaque colors are nicely shaded to offer just enough detail to elevate this book beyond the toddler set.

As a teaching tool, it would be an excellent book to highlight the short "u" sound.

Well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abby Connors on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I teach young children and they always enjoy this story. A little chick is stuck in the mud, and one by one the farm animals try to get her out. The illustrations are bright, colorful and very funny, and there's a refrain of "(S)he pushed and (s)he pulled" which children can repeat with you as they make the pushing and pulling motions, adding to the fun and the learning. Also, the ending is very cute - it turns out the little chick was never actually stuck at all!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Twin Mom on November 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old son just loves this book. He wants to read it every night before bed. The rhyming and repetition is perfect for the 2-5 year range and the pictures are entertaining. This is definitely a favorite in our house.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I probably liked this one just as much as my 3 1/2 year old son did. My 5 month old daughter seemed to enjoy it too. I have even thought about recommending it to his preschool teacher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graciela on June 19, 2013
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I love this product because is one of the story that reinforce in children cooperation. Is something that it is hard to learn in such early age. The book is fantastic.
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By www.firrkids.com on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
One little chick rooted in the mud causes a big ruckus at the usually staid farm! The other animals scramble to help, one after the other plunging straight into the muck. Hen, Cat, Dog, Sheep, Horse and even Farmer leap into action as rescue workers. Although each pushes and pulls their hardest, they are no match for this deep and sticky mud.

It's a simple cumulative story, but the rhyming text relieves the book of any monotony. The illustrations are comical - the overwrought hen is positively apoplectic while the little chick remains cool as a cucumber. Particularly humorous is seeing each animal as they strain to free the chick - eyes bulging, muscles straining, fur and fleece splashed with mud. This muck proves to be a worthy opponent.

All the factors come together to make this book an entertaining read: rhyming text, great illustrations, crazy mama hen, and eager barnyard helpers. Plus this is an oversized edition with those great big shiny pages, one of which opens wide to reveal ... a surprise ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on January 9, 2013
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checked out from the library, loved it so much we had to get our own copy. No regrets at all!
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