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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399241965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399241963
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Henrietta’s older sisters love to tease, but they reach new heights when they inform Henrietta that she’s a chicken: “Mom got you from Barney’s farm.” Arguments about having no feathers don’t hold sway. But soon Henrietta thinks she may, indeed, be a chicken— especially after she finds an egg in her bed. So she heads over to Barney’s farm to commune with her sister chicks, flapping her arms, and rolling in dirt. When her sisters come to take her home, Henrietta informs them that she is a chicken. Now, its up to the siblings to work as hard to convince Henrietta of her humanity as they did of her fowlness. The knowing premise, so true to the shenanigans of real siblings, runs its amusing course until the conclusion, when the effort peters out. But kids will still get plenty of laughs from both the story and the bright pictures on clean, white backgrounds. Henrietta, as homely as she is humorous, shows readers how to turn teasing upside down. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper

About the Author

Mary Amato lives outside of Washington, DC.

Delphine Durand lives in Marseille, France.

Customer Reviews

It is fun to do these voices.
Diane Bright
I can't believe this story wasn't rejected from the get go...if this got printed...I believe anyone can write a children's story and get it printed.
J. Howard
Children and adults alike will love this book.
Kerri Hamblin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darena Shopz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an adorable, funny story that parents will enjoy reading to their children. It's a story about a little girl and the sisters that tease her into believing she is a chicken.

Very cute story that's very enjoyable to read. The illustrations are cute and quirky.

Recommend to parents of pre-school to kindergarten ages, both girls and boys will enjoy. Gives a great opportunity to explain why you shouldn't tease your siblings.
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Henrietta's two older sisters Kim and Clare were always teasing her and trying to get her upset. Older sisters are good at that sort of thing, but when they told her a big fib she fell for it. "We have a secret to tell you . . . you're a chicken." At first she didn't believe it, but the more information the girls gave her, the more convincing they sounded. They told her she had long toes like a chicken and yellow legs. Well, they were kinda yellow and she sure did have long toes.

"I am not a chicken.
I am not a chicken.
I am not a chicken."

On and on they went and try as she may, she couldn't shake that feeling that she was really a chicken. In the morning when she got out of bed she saw an egg and two feathers. Kim and Clare did say they plucked her feathers out before she got up. WAAAAAA! She really was a chicken and the only thing she could do was to run away to Barney's farm and home to her family . . . a bunch of chickens. Would she ever realize she was just a little girl again?

This charming tale lovingly brings to light what can happen if siblings tease each other needlessly. This imaginary tale has adorable cartoon-like illustrations that are bright and busy. This tale can be read aloud or read alone by the more advanced young reader. This story, understandably, has been nominated for the Vermont Red Clover Award for the 2009-10 season. It is a children's choice picture book and will be a sure fire hit with any youngster!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerri Hamblin on June 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was the most fabulous and cutest book ever! It not only teaches a lesson for children but it is fun to read. Children and adults alike will love this book. A must for your libray, whether you have children or grandchildren (or older siblings)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Switzer on February 4, 2014
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I cant tell if i like the illustrations or the writing more. this is one of my favorite childrens books of all time. and I have many. the illustrations have grit and character and lots of cool details. same for the story.
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By SD Shopper on March 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a favorite of my 4 year old son. Last summer he wanted to read it over and over. He had heard it so many times, he could recite the first several pages by memory. As a parent, this is a fun story to read - if you have siblings, you can really relate. I did give this a four star rather than a five star because as one reviewer pointed out, it does have some words you might not want your child to use ie dumbhead, stupid. However, this gives us parents a chance to explain why we shouldn't use those words - they are hurtful as the story clearly points out. Kids will hear a lot worse as they grow. If parents can teach them the right way and the wrong way to communicate now, it might help later. But that's getting pretty deep into an analysis of a fun little story. Bottom line, read and enjoy.
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I have read this book to my four-year old daughter every morning during breakfast for the last six months and we completely enjoy it. She relishes every word and picture in the story, saying the dialogue with me and asking questions. My daughter is fascinated by the dynamic between the sisters and loves the humor. I enjoy reading it out loud. It is fun to do these voices.
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By DMD mom on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My 1 year old son LOVES this book. It is his favorite, and he has LOTS of books to choose from. We have read it so many times he has the story memorized and shouts out the words in the parts that are his favorite. It's a cute story, and the illustrations are bright and colorful and fun. I highly recommend it.
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Adorable story with great pictures. My grandchildren want me to read it over and over. Then they sit alone and flip the pages looking again at the pictures and play act together being chickens!
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More About the Author

Mary Amato is an award-winning children's book author, poet, playwright, and songwriter. Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, produced onstage, and nominated for the children's choice awards in many states.www.maryamato.com

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