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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st ed edition (April 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060266791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060266790
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,403,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Praising the "humorous [and] intricately detailed" art and the author's "deadpan delivery," PW said this tale of three eccentric, highly domesticated hens offers "off-the-wall fun." Ages 3-7.-- intricately detailed" art and the author's "deadpan delivery," PW said this tale of three eccentric, highly domesticated hens offers "off-the-wall fun." Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3. A fable that celebrates individual differences and our appreciation and perception of them. Well structured and delicately told, the story tells of three chickens, each of whom has something she loves to do, even though she does it badly. Violet loves to bake, but frequently fills the house with smoke. Poppy loves to knit "hats with chin straps" and "turtleneck sweaters with pom-poms." Babs loves to sing even though she is often off-key. Still, the sisters appreciate and support one another. However, the neighbors are unhappy with the smoke and the noise and they spend hours discussing what to do about the trio. Then an old wolf moves into the neighborhood and scares all of the residents?except for the sisters. They invite him in and soon they are frightening him?cooking and knitting and singing to him until he runs away. The neighbors never complain about the sisters again. This tale, filled with gentle humor, pokes fun at the hapless generosity and naivete of the sisters as well as the suspicions and prejudices of the neighbors. The illustrations reinforce the text, giving personality to the feathered siblings, especially as they surround the desperate wolf. Their matronly air is as clear as the grumpiness and fear exhibited by the neighbors. A winner that is sure to please at story time.?Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A true gem of a book for all!!
"kidbookfan"
This is a book that reinforces a very important lesson that I try to teach my children each day.
Liljordie
Every time I read it…it is again, again, again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "kidbookfan" on November 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
We have several great books of Laura Numeroff's in our library, yet I must say this is THE favorite of our 3 yr old boy, our 8 yr old girl and myself! These sisters are nutty - but darn smart - you will fall in love with them at your first reading. And believe me - you will be pulling this book out again and again to read. The illustrations are darling too. A true gem of a book for all!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2002
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This is a cute story that my daughter enjoys reading. The illustrations are very nice. For adults, it may seem odd that the the characters are intolerant of the wolf's past (he is now old and harmless) and run him out of town, but this will be lost on kids. It is a humorous story, our 2 year old understands some of the humor, while other parts are geared toward the adult funny bone.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After reading the quirky synopsis of this book I bought it for my daughter and have been reading it to her since her birth 11 months ago. She loves it! The illustrations are colorful and lush, the animals depicted are realistic without being scary. The story is perfect, not too long and kind to sleep-deprived parents (no tongue twisters!). It is cute, whimsical and snappy. This is a book you won't mind reading again and again and again...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Liljordie on October 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'll admit that I bought this book on a lark with no idea what was inside--I have two daughters whom I call "chickens," so I thought it would be cute to have a book called "The Chicken Sisters," but this book has become a literary staple and mainstay in our house. The three chicken sisters live together and love each other despite their shortcomings. One of them bakes horribly, but doesn't know it, and her two chicken siblings, out of sisterly love and respect, eat her burned creations, enthusiastically say "yum," and hence, the baking sister feels needed, loved, and encouraged. The other sisters also have similar talents that are not appreciated by their neighbors, but are lifted up daily by their sisters. They annoy their neighbors who are quick to judge and ridicule (these are the types that would go to a development's advisory board to complain about someone's lawn mower not being adjusted for the board mandated setting of 1 1/2"), but when the sisters in their natural benevolence, loving nature, and naivete frighten a wolf away who previously had frightened the neighbors, the sisters are then appreciated for their kindness and no longer ridiculed for their imperfections. OK, so I've basically explained the plot, but if you are reading this, the book is not for you, right? It's for your children, and isn't it a lovely lesson for them to embrace? My 4-year-old loves it, and more importantly, she GETS it! This is a book that reinforces a very important lesson that I try to teach my children each day. I can't say enough good things about it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosellen on February 11, 2010
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all i can say is this is a lovely whimsical precious book with superb drawings. the author and artist are visionaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ellenL on July 17, 2013
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this is one of the most charming fun beautiful children's books of all times. if you have chickens{or not) you too will probably love this book
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More About the Author

Laura Numeroff grew up in Brooklyn, with her mother, father and two older sisters. Her house was filled with books, art, music and folk dancing.

She attended Pratt Institute and graduated with a degree in communications and a contract for her first children's book, AMY FOR SHORT, published in 1975 by Macmillan.

A New York Times best-selling children's book author, Laura is best known for the series based on her book IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE. First printed in 1985, "Mouse" is in its 40th printing. The fourth book in the series, IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES was on the New York Times Children's Best Seller list for five months- nine weeks at number one.

Publisher's Weekly listed IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES as the number two book for children in 2000 (Harry Potter was number one) and at one point, Laura had three books on the New York Times Bestseller List in the same week.

In 2000, IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE was featured on the Oprah show three times, and was recommended by Oprah's first kids' book club, as well as being noted as Oprah's favorite children's book of the year on her Christmas show. "PIG" was also on Publisher's Weekly Bestseller List for over a year. In addition, the series has sold over 4.5 million copies, been printed in fourteen languages, and won the prestigious Quill Award in the picture book category.

Some of Laura's other books currently in print are: WHAT MOMMIES DO BEST/WHAT DADDIES DO BEST, DOGS DON'T WEAR GLASSES, THE CHICKEN SISTERS, WHY A DISGUISE? The first two books in Laura's JELLYBEANS book series made the New York Times Best Seller List.

Hillary Clinton, President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush have all read Laura's books to kids. First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother, her daughters, Malia and Sasha read Laura's book at the 2010 Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn. Laura was one of ten children's authors invited to a literacy day in Washington during the Bush administration in 2001. She has also visited over 100 elementary schools and has been a speaker at teacher conferences around the country.

Laura donates book sales to FIRST BOOK, a non-profit organization that provides brand new books to children who otherwise would not have access to them. She has also donated all royalties from THE HOPE TREE- KIDS TALK OUT ABOUT BREAST CANCER, to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Laura has appeared on The Today show twice as well as Good Morning America. On her December 13th, 2000 appearance on The Today Show, Laura donated 500 Mouse mini-books with doll ornaments to the show's toy drive.

When not writing, Laura takes tennis lessons (she says she's not very good but loves it anyway), reads to children in hospitals and foster homes and calls herself a book and movie fanatic.






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