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Chicken Scratches: Poultry Poetry and Rooster Rhymes Hardcover – March 3, 2010
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3—This attractive volume features 16 wacky rhyming verses. The somewhat irreverent poems include odes to imagined daily lives of opera-singing and sumo-wrestling chickens to complex egg laying and eating. ("The day the rooster had the flu/he could not cock-a-doodle-do….They called a doctor to the coop,/who brought a bowl of chicken soup./'Drink up,' he said. 'It's good for you./I promise it's no one you knew.'") Rendered in pen and colored digitally, the simple yet expressive cartoon illustrations really bring out the fun of the poetry. The book features a nice variety of rhyme and rhythm including limericks, couplets, and quatrains. Charmingly designed with a tactile cover and clever endpapers, this could be a bright addition to poetry collections.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Both punny and snappy, an apt addition to National Poetry Month.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Charmingly designed with a tactile cover and clever endpapers, this could be a bright addition to poetry collections.
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Chicken-related silliness for the preschool set that is, for the most part, good stuff. Every once in a while, the poetry derails itself something fierce:
"We chickens are a time trip,
we're visions from the past--
we're living, breathing relatives
of creatures long, long past."
(Good if you're teaching repetition, but not so at all if you're teaching poetry; there are few things more annoying to a poet's ear than the laziness of using repetition in place of rhyme.)
...but if you're willing to pick and choose what you relate to the kids you'll be reading this to, there's some fun stuff here, some of which is just scurrilous enough to appeal to the rowdier elements in kids' natures, and some of which is straight-up educational. Pick it up from the library and give it a look before deciding whether you want to add it to your permanent collection. ***