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Three Hens and a Peacock Hardcover – March 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561455644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561455645
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...What might have been an ordinary be-yourself story is enhanced by Laminack's (Snow Day!) surprisingly thoughtful storytelling...Laminack characterizes the hens with a fine ear for their Golden Girls outrage...the illustrations go for big guffaws and slapstick instead, and largely succeed...effectively keeping the book from feeling message-heavy." —Publishers Weekly
"...frenetically posing chickens will inspire giggles...Good farm fun." —Kirkus Reviews
"...Laminack's storytelling is brisk, and Cole's cartoon illustrations are vivid and comical..." —Booklist
"...A delightful choice for schools and public libraries..." —School Library Journal
"...Popular author Lester L. Laminack has created a comical look at what happens when we underestimate the value of others' work. Henry Cole's delightful illustrations heighten the story's humor and will have readers of all ages laughing out loud..." —Midwest Book Review
"...Cole's watercolor and ink illustrations are eye-catching and will appeal to readers and listeners alike..." —Savannah Morning News, online edition
"The gentle lesson about discovering your own strengths is accompanied by bright, eye-catching illustrations and slapstick humor." —San Diego Union-Tribune

About the Author

LESTER L. LAMINACK is a specialist in children's literacy and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. Laminack has written numerous books and articles for educators and is a familiar speaker at professional meetings and reading associations nationwide. He lives in North Carolina.

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Great story, with colorful illustrations.
Its a good lesson book about how ever job is important and everyone has a role to play/job to do.
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In addition to her enjoying the book, the message is a great one!
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Kankiewicz on April 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The gorgeous pictures in this book were the first thing that caught my five-year-old's eye; the "be careful what you wish for" story held her attention and elicited a few giggles. The story begins when a peacock arrives at the Tucker family farm. He's soon attracting visitors to the roadside produce stand--and arousing jealousy among the hens. When the old hound dog (whose name could be Solomon) overhears the hens complaining and the peacock wishing he could be more useful, the dog offers a solution: Trade places. As you might predict, the peacock has no luck laying eggs and the hens don't attract a single customer. They do look cute trying, and they eventually learn the intended lesson about contentment and shining in their unique roles.

This is a nice read-aloud option for preschool and early elementary-aged kids, and it might generate a conversation about wanting what others have and making a contribution. The illustration on the final page keeps the narrative going after the text ends. (Is that an ostrich falling off that truck?) And check out the tailfins on one of the cars speeding past the hens.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paul W. Hankins on June 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
***This is a cross post from a Goodreads review I have done for THREE HENS AND A PEACOCK***

I've enjoyed THREE HENS AND A PEACOCK when it first released in 2011, but I wanted to look at the book again after reading some Amazon reviews that I thought were not only misguided but unfair to the collective work that Lester Laminack has been doing. With full disclosure, Lester is someone I consider a mentor--a friend, if you will--and you could hold me to a certain amount of bias in writing a review that not only serves as a response to other reviews but as another way of looking at a picture book that is probably most transparent in its message. And while those looking to see something in THREE HENS AND A PEACOCK are few (and as few as the other contributions they have made to the Amazon or the overall reading community found within the social media platforms), the negative reviews of THE HENS AND A PEACOCK are misinformed. As Amazon has not its way clear to remove these reviews, those who have enjoyed and have used Laminack's title should respond and return to the praise that began the thread of reviews here at Amazon. At Goodreads, I see nothing but praise for Laminack's work.

Lester Laminack has worked tirelessly to provide resources to elementary, middle, and secondary teachers with his professional development texts. I'm proud to say that I have all of these in Room 407. I am really looking forward to seeing Lester's new work with the subject of bullying that is due to release in the fall of 2012.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C.A.R. on May 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I read the opinions of Ammy and Starsurfer about Three Hens and a Peacock, I wasn't sure whether to feel shocked or to laugh out loud at the absurdity of what I read. I was glad it was morning and I was off to teach, so I was unable to write a reply. I knew I wanted to think about what I would say. So now here it is.
I know Lester Laminack, having met him when he came to Vermont to present on two different occasions. On the second occasion I got to spend more time with him, when a small group of us had dinner with him and I later drove him to the airport. In that short time I felt as though I had met a true friend and one of the kindest, most caring, and gentle individuals I have ever known. I have read all of his books multiple times, including his professional books (e.g., Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum, Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature, Cracking Open the Author's Craft, Unwrapping the Read Aloud) and his picture books (e.g., the Sunsets of Miss Oliver Wiggins, Saturdays and Teacakes, Trevor's Wiggly, Wobbly Tooth, Snow Day) and now Three Hens and a Peacock. I even have multiple copies of these books because they are loaned out so often I can't seem to keep them on my shelf.
When I say that I have read these books multiple times, let me explain. I have been a Literacy Teacher Leader in my district for eight years, and have taught a total of 29 years. I have shared a lot of books with children of all ages and Lester's books are some of my most favorite of all to share. When I read a book to a class and the children are so enthralled with the writing that they break into applause when the book is done, I know it is a good book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mymcbooks on June 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My Review: The Hens were not happy that they had to do all the work while Peacock gets all the attention. Lesson learnt - Be thankful for the gift you have. Don't ask for somebody else's gift because you may not have the skills to do what they do with their gift. Henry Cole did a great job with the illustration. The looks on the Hens were really funny looking.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
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