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PreSchool-Grade 2—When Penny, Polly, and Molly hatch, they are three tough chicks. They run around the farm ("Peep, peep, zoom, zip, cheep") to the consternation of the other animals and the farmer. From swinging on the cow's tail, roping the rooster, and peeking under the hood of the tractor, the feisty females elicit pleas from the farmer and critters to the chicks' mother, "Make them be good!" Mother Hen invariably replies, "They are good!" But they are restored to everyone's good graces when a runaway tractor almost crashes into the henhouse. The colorful acrylic illustrations—and chicks—dance across the pages in a variety of spreads and smaller vignettes. The frenetic barnyard action is barely contained within the pages. The repetition in the text will make this a good choice for storytime sharing as well as independent reading. These chicks are mischievous enough to entice the most reluctant reader.—Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
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“Kids will have fun with this story.”—Publishers Weekly
 
"When Penny, Polly, and Molly hatch, they are three tough chicks. They run around the farm ("Peep, peep, zoom, zip, cheep") to the consternation of the other animals and the farmer. From swinging on the cow's tail, roping the rooster, and peeking under the hood of the tractor, the feisty females elicit pleas from the farmer and critters to the chicks' mother, "Make them be good!" Mother Hen invariably replies, "They are good!" But they are restored to everyone's good graces when a runaway tractor almost crashes into the henhouse. The colorful acrylic illustrations—and chicks—dance across the pages in a variety of spreads and smaller vignettes. The frenetic barnyard action is barely contained within the pages. The repetition in the text will make this a good choice for storytime sharing as well as independent reading. These chicks are mischievous enough to entice the most reluctant reader."--School Library Journal
 
"Mama Hen's three new chicks just won't be cute--or good, much to the dismay of all the barnyard residents, except their proud Mama.  They race the bugs, rope the rooster and dive off the fence for fun, running around the farm with an unusual series of un-chick-like cries: "Peep, peep, zoom, zip, cheep!"  They won't learn how to cluck, scratch for grain or build a nest.  They even poke around under the hood of the big red tractor.  Even the hyper-supportive Mama worries that their differences might get them into mischief or, even worse, make them outcasts.  One day, Farmer Fred has some trouble with his tractor; it careens out of control and lands in a mud hole, and it's Penny, Polly and Molly to the rescue.  Suber's bright acrylics fit the broad strokes of Meng's delightful tale, investing each yellow, droplet-shaped chick with an individual personality.  Comfy, round shapes dominate her compositions, which tile and veer off-kilter with the chick's energy; taking a cue from the cartoons, she depicts the chicks' running feet as a blur of tiny orange strokes.  Sublime and original."--Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (February 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618824154
  • ASIN: B005M4BCSI
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,285,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Walnut Creek, California, the middle child of five kids. Don't believe everything you hear about the forgotten middle child. We have our methods for getting noticed. My siblings excelled at everything academic. I excelled at daydreaming. My parents were not amused.

My experiences volunteering at a homeless shelter while in college helped me understand the importance of communication and the role it plays in how we see and understand each other as a society. It also showed me how grownups are instrumental in giving kids hope, health, and inspiration to succeed.

My thoughts on writing? For me, it's about the music and the rhythms found in words. The joys of my childhood - music and poetry - wrapped up in the words of today. I love to honor the impulses of our spirited children. I tell my kids I have the best job in the world. I'm a professional daydreamer.

Learn more at www.cecemengbooks.com

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Hong on February 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a blessing in disguise. It reminded me that I too have "Good Kids."

Just days before I was reminded of a piece once listed in Dear Abby.

Healthy children make lots of noise.
They sing, they shout, they belly-laugh, they fight, they bang things together, they bounce things, they cry, they scream, they make lots of noise.
They play loud.

Prayer for a Tired, Irritable Parent
God, bless my healthy children.
Give me new ears, ears that hear the music of their noise.
Give me new understanding, understanding that doesn't crush their spirits with my intolerance and oversensitivity.
Give me new peace, a peace that is grateful for the sounds created by healthy children.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Bonner on July 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I laughed inwardly as I read this animated little book to my daughter, who is 6 years old and as likely to collect snails in the back garden as she is to snuggle a furry little bunny rabbit; loves math as well as reading and art; shoots hoops in the back yard while wearing fairy wings and a tutu; and is a great problem solver but--let's just say--isn't the best at following directions, routines or going along with the crowd.

She and I both giggled at the boisterous little chicks as they zoomed and zipped about the barnyard instead of demurely peeping like the other chicks. My daughter laughed as they scratched artistic masterpieces and complex diagrams in the dust instead of just pecking for worms, and especially enjoyed the chicks' irresistible interest in the inner workings of the farmer's tractor. Meanwhile, I identified with the outward support (as well as the inward concern) of the mother Hen, who's repeated conversations with all the other barnyard animals always went like this: "Make them be good!" "They ARE good."

Though the book uncannily seemed to speak to both my daughter and me, it's an enjoyable and funny story with vibrantly animated illustrations that will appeal to any little boy or girl. We highly recommend it to them and their parents!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DelGal's Book Reviews on February 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Some chicks are quiet, while others spend hours preening their feathers, but not the three chicks in this story, they're a feisty powerhouse trio. The author not only creates an adorable story and the illustrator dazzles the eyes with substantial and striking artwork, but she also entertains and celebrates the positiveness of being a strong, different and independent female. What a fun, inspiring romp with cute lil' chickens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SF mom on May 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
very cute art. positive message that girls can be creative, girls can solve problems, girls can do engineering!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By queenra on November 18, 2011
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This book is wonderful! It celebrates all the things that make us different and unique - and tough, smart chicks in every form. A great lesson for all adults and children alike! Purposeful without being cheesy or forced. Three little chicks have the complete support of their mother hen even as they fail to fall in line with the expectations of the neighborhood hens and barnyard friends. When Farmer Fred's tractor ends up in a jam the tough chick save the day! My daughter and I loved this book from the first read and I hope you will too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Niasmom on March 31, 2011
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Hooray for a book that celebrates curiosity and innovation! My nieces are awesome "good kids" who remind me of these "Tough Chicks"--anyone with a joyful, sometimes loud and rambunctious, and resourceful child needs this book. I bought a copy for myself because it just makes me laugh, and is a reminder that the best kid's books have lots to teach adults, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Stapleton on June 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Humorous picture book, with eye-catching illustrations, that is about three chicks who aren't exactly the models of what everyone thinks chicks should be. A wonderful book that teaches that being different isn't something to be ashamed of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Deal on June 17, 2011
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A fanastic book with a special meaning for all the little tough chicks of the world. The artwork is vibrant and unique with lots of texture. One of my favorite's to read to my two girls.
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