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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3–Set in Iceland, this story is about a community of resourceful women who travel to the city to buy a flock of chickens so that eggs are plentiful in the village. However, the chickens run amok and begin to behave more like ladies than birds. Before long, they stop laying eggs. The resilient women develop a far-fetched plan to solve the problem and the merriment swells to a final, hilarious resolution. The playful text is both silly and joyous, without a wasted word. Gunnella's enchanting oil paintings are full of childlike humor and saturated with appealing primary colors. They convey emotion and absurdity with seemingly simple lines and expressive body language. These spirited, buxom ladies and beguiling chickens will be remembered long after the book has been closed. A funny and inventive choice that is also a charming tribute to Icelandic culture and tradition.–Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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PreS-Gr. 2. McMillan makes a successful departure from his many noted photo-essays, such as Nights of the Pufflings (1995). Sticking to a bird theme, he has created a simple, humorous tale about chickens with pretensions of becoming women. The village ladies are frustrated because they cannot reach the eggs the wild birds lay on the sides of cliffs. Little do they suspect that the chickens they buy will hatch a new set of problems. The hens decide to do everything the ladies do--pick blueberries, go to birthday parties, have tea--until they are too busy to lay eggs. A fine artist and first-time children's book illustrator, Gunnella makes the transition to picture books quite well: the rotund ladies and irrepressible hens, portrayed in flat, colorful, thickly painted folk-art style, aptly complement the tone of the story. Diane Foote
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618585818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618585816
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of my three-year-old daughter's favorite books. The expressions on the faces of the ladies, who are caring for some upstart chickens, are so funny and endearing. And you can't help but admire the ladies' pluck and creativity in solving their unusual problem. Also, the drawings of the Icelandic landscape are beautiful and make me yearn to see it for real someday.
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I have many of Bruce McMillan's stories each of them stands alone as wonderful additions to a class library. Especially the Problem with Chickens, it was clever, kind and funny. My class of third graders loved it. It is a class favorite now.
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One of my grand children's favorite books. Ages four to seven. Great illustrations and artwork. Would recommend to anyone interested in books for this age group.
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The story is fun and allows readers to draw some conclusions. It is wonderful to see how the women solve their problem without male assistance. The illustrations are so pretty and often the reader can be engaged with the story by taking time to dance with the chickens or do other fun things. The grand-daughters loved it.
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Delightful book! Well put together, superb graphics, highly recommended for both children and for collectors of illustrated children books.
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I have read this book to several groups of young children who did enjoy the book. We especially liked the pictures and the scenery of Iceland. We don't get so many books set in Iceland so that makes it really nice. The illustrations are wonderful and the expressions on the ladies' faces are hilarious at times. The story is cute and enjoyable. It is a very good book for an elementary school library collection or for your own collection. Most little people seem to really enjoy chicken stories. I recommend.
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It is for a 7 year old August birthday so I have been reading it before I give it ....very good illustrations and funny story child will find hilarious!
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Really good book for the younger set. Even as an adult I found it intersting and funny.
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