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Where Do Chicks Come From? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) Hardcover – February 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060288922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060288921
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,690,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 - Sklansky's clear and accurate text begins with fertilization when the rooster's "sperm joins the growing egg" and concludes with the dry, fluffy baby. She uses the correct terminology to discuss the anatomy of the egg and the purpose of each part. She also explains that the "egg you eat for breakfast" is unfertilized and cannot grow into a chick. As the hen sits on her nest for the 21-day incubation period, the day-to-day development of the embryonic chick is detailed in easy-to-understand paragraphs and full-color drawings. The illustrations are soft and friendly, but retain enough realism for children to understand the subject matter. Suggested activities and a list of stories about chicks are appended. This is an enjoyable and informative introduction to scientific information. - Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, OH
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From Booklist

K-Gr. 2. From the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series, this informative book presents the growth of a chick during 21 days. Beginning as a "tiny white spot" inside the mother, the egg is fertilized and forms a white, a yolk, and a shell. The hen lays the egg, keeps it warm, turns it, and clucks to it. After 20 days, the chick begins to breathe and to make sounds. It pecks at its shell until it hatches. Then the hen warms the chick while its feathers dry. Neither flowery nor clinical, Sklansky's straightforward presentation hits just the right note for young children, who will find the details of life inside the egg fascinating. Paparone contributes a series of illustrations in warm tones, set against clean, white backgrounds. Including many cutaway drawings of chickens and eggs, the clearly delineated pictures are often rounded in form and warmed with sunny colors. This fine book concludes with a double-page spread featuring activities to try at home and a half-dozen chick-themed picture books to read aloud. Carolyn Phelan
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More About the Author

Amy Sklansky's love affair with books began long before she could read, continued through the "reading under the covers with a flashlight" years, then found a career outlet at HarperCollins Children's Books in New York City and Studio Goodwin Sturges in Boston. After editing for several years, Amy began writing her own books.

Amy's first book, From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On, explores the canine world with 25 poems told from a dog's point of view. It was praised by School Library Journal for its "easy rhymes and bouncy rhythm."

Her second book, Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween, celebrates the spooky and silly aspects of Halloween. This poetry collection was called "engaging" by School Library Journal and "a treat" by Kirkus.

Amy's first nonfiction picture book, Where Do Chicks Come From? (illustrated by Pam Paparone), introduces the development of a chick. Booklist wrote: "neither flowery nor clinical, Sklansky's straight- forward presentation hits just the right tone for young children who will find details of life inside the egg fascinating."

Amy's fourth book, My Daddy and Me (illustrated by Ard Hoyt), is a universal story of love between father and child. "Forget the tie and the 'No. 1 Dad' mug," wrote The Florida Times-Union. "[The book] is a sweet but not cloying story that makes a great Father's Day gift."

Amy's fifth book, The Duck Who Played the Kazoo (illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke), tells the story of a lonely, kazoo-playing duck on a quest for joy and companionship. Booklist noted its "rhyming couplets, punctuated with an onomatopoeic kazoo-blast refrain" and "graceful, lulling rhythms."

Her first original board book, You Are My Little Cupcake, celebrates the sweetness of babies with scrumptious illustrations by Talitha Shipman. This delicious title hit #1 on the St. Louis Independent Bookstores Bestseller List and was featured in Scholastic's Parent & Child Magazine.

Amy's latest book, Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space (illustrated by Stacey Schuett), features poems about planets, stars, moon landings, satellites and more. Each poem is accompanied by an informative factual exploration of the poem's subject matter. Publishers Weekly called it "an evocative mix of the whimsical and the scientific."

Amy lives with her husband and two children in St. Louis, Missouri.

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I bought probably 30-40 books from these series.
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They also give a few ideas to go with the story at the end, which always leads to a craft or science experiment.
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This book was great to show everything that they needed to know and went great with our project.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. M. Jurenka on September 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I picked this up at our local library after we watched chicks hatch at a display at our local fair. This was a little too much information for my 4 1/2-year-old. We have read many Stage 1 books from this series; this is the first one I've seen at this level that addresses reproduction. In very simple terms it talks about "mating" and "fertilization." Be prepared to respond to questions about this topic.

The other Stage 1 books I've read with my son seem to be shorter, with fewer words. He has begun to pick out some sight words and the simpler books work well for that. In my opinion, this one might have been better rated for the Stage 2 level in this series.

I will certainly return to this book with him. It is well written with accurate information and has clear illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Hansen on May 10, 2009
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We love the Lets-Read-and-Find-Out-About-Science series and honestly have not been overly let down by one yet. My 6 year old son really enjoyed seeing how the egg develops and the drawings were easy for him to understand and grasp. They also give a few ideas to go with the story at the end, which always leads to a craft or science experiment. Another great book to add to our at-home library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Luckett on May 9, 2005
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My kids loved this book. Even I learned a few things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By caitlynns mom on September 28, 2009
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I like this book a lot. One of the best of the 5 or 6 I bought. Some drawings seem a little basic, but drawings of development of chicks within the egg were awesome. There were a lot development drawings too. The information was correct and extensive. Great book!
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By Ai my me on August 27, 2014
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Oh my daughter loves this book. This was her first item that she brought to her "show and tell". She got this book when she was 5. Now she is 6 and still loves this book. It is detailed, but easy enough for 5 year old to digest. This was our first "Let's read and find out science" series book. We got hooked to the series after this one!
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By amazon shopper on March 14, 2014
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My girls really liked this book. I bought probably 30-40 books from these series. My 5 kids spent days looking at them and reading them. Very well spent money
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