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Chicks & Chickens Paperback – March 1, 2005
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PreS-Gr 3—Gibbons's nonfiction picture books are brought to life complete with sound effects in these charming read-alongs. Each book focuses on one animal, with detailed descriptions of habitats, food, and life cycles along with definitions and occasional pronunciations of terms associated with the animals. Along with this abundance of information, there are colorful illustrations to accompany the text. Employing a different narrator for each title adds variety. During Polar Bears, for example, narrator Dion Graham leaves time for the listener to look at a map. The narrators also read all the captions for the pictures, which can become tedious on some pages, but the occasional background music adds to the atmosphere. These will be a welcome addition to any library collection.—Elizabeth Elsbree, Krug Elementary School, Aurora, IL --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
K-Gr. 3. Chickens are the focus of the latest in Gibbons' long line of nonfiction picture books. The running text is simple and orderly, informing children about the bird's behavior, common rooster breeds, egg production, and more. The differences between life on small farms and in industrial agricultural settings are explained, including information about the incubation process. Bright watercolors, in a style somewhat freer than is usual for Gibbons, decorate each page. Some pictures, especially those overlaid with labels, are obviously meant to be used by adults working with young readers at home or in the classroom. A final page, "Chicken Tracks," brings together a dozen or so random facts, with such nuggets of information as the weight of the world's largest chicken egg. Francisca Goldsmith
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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