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Three Hens and a Peacock Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too cute! My kids like to read it over and over. It's one of those books that they'll always love. It's hilarious for them.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I just finished reading this (for the hundredth time) to a group of preschoolers and the remark at the end says it all, "Now we have to read book 2! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lindy Johnson
Beautifully written, enjoyable text for any age with a great message! Totally captivating for a variety of age groups. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathryn
A great story! My Kindergarten class absolutely loved the book! I love Lester Laminack and all of the children's books he has written as well as the teacher resources! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kelly