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If a Chicken Stayed for Supper Hardcover – April 15, 2007
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—When their mother goes out to find a chicken for dinner, five little foxes disobey her and leave their den. Once outside, they fear that one of them might get lost, so the youngsters conduct head and tail counts, each neglecting to include himself. Their bewilderment and worry as they come up short are both poignant and hilarious. Kind Mother Hen comes to their emotional and mathematical rescue, taking them safely back home. Mommy Fox, who has returned, recognizes a good deed when she sees one and has chicken for dinner—but this time as a guest for vegetable soup. The language is engaging and precise, complemented by the vibrant and cheerful illustrations, rich with folk-art inspiration and a pleasing page layout. Definitely a charmer.—Susan Moorhead, New Rochelle Public Library, NY
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Mama Fox warns her five little foxes not to leave the den and promises, "We will have chicken for supper tonight!" The mischievous foxes venture out anyway and soon find themselves muddy and also a bit muddled, thinking that one of them has gotten lost. Each one counts only four foxes (leaving out the counter), and soon all are in tears. A friendly chicken reassures the little foxes and walks them home. Mommy Fox eyes Mother Hen hungrily but reconsiders and invites her to share their vegetable soup. Weston takes two familiar story motifs, the counter who neglects to count himself and the chicken that becomes a dinner guest rather than the main course, and creates a satisfying tale for children who are old enough to understand the premise. Glowing colors and simplified shapes are keynotes of the illustrations, which combine a naive look with a sense of form that is sophisticated yet very accessible. Great fun for reading aloud. Carolyn Phelan
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