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One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, shut the door....Nine, ten, big fat hen! Now young children can enjoy a popular nursery rhyme and learn to count, too. Keith Baker's delightful illustrations filled with eggs and chicks (and bugs) are sure to tickle little ones with hours of read-aloud fun. 10 X 11. Full-color illustrations

Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.

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Overview

One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, shut the door....Nine, ten, big fat hen! Now young children can enjoy a popular nursery rhyme and learn to count, too. Keith Baker's delightful illustrations filled with eggs and chicks (and bugs) are sure to tickle little ones with hours of read-aloud fun. 10 X 11. Full-color illustrations

Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.

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Editorial Reviews

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The familiar counting rhyme,"1, 2, buckle my shoe..." has been moved to the hen house in this bright oversized book. Each set of numbers is illustrated by a new hen with the requisite number of insects, eggs and chicks. Baker's palette is warm and colorful, and he gives each hen a gay plumage and distinct personality.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Newly hatched chicks star in an ebullient version of One, Two, Buckle My Shoe. In a starred review, PW said that Bakers bold outlines, plump figures and vibrant acrylics add up to an especially appealing counting primer. Ages 2-6. Apr.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Increasing numbers of newly hatched chicks buckle a shoe, shut the door, pick up sticks and lay them straight in this ebullient version of ``One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.'' Baker's Elephants Aloft bold outlines, plump figures and vibrant acrylics add up to an especially appealing counting primer for children just old enough to have learned the familiar rhyme. The big fat hen herself is enormous and grand, a stately splash of emerald covering most of a two-page spread. She and her several hen friends have friendly, even merry miens that exude reassurance and warmth; distinguished from one another by plumage color and pattern, as a group they have the sparkle of a cluster of gems. Additional creatures--three worms, five snails, seven bees--carry out the counting theme on a smaller scale, providing fresh interest for the frequent rereadings that are sure to ensue. Ages 2-6. Children's BOMC main selection. Mar.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Count from 1 to 10 with the big fat hen and all of her chicks. The picture book has been transformed into a board book and it works quite well. The bright bold illustrations will intrigue the young ones, and they'll have fun counting all of the chicks, sticks, hens and eggs. 1997 orig.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This book revives a familiar rhyme. Whether you have a baby who likes to be bounced to rhythm, a toddler who's learning numbers and counting, or a preschooler who can appreciate Baker's surprising ending, the big fat colorful illustrations stretch across pages and invite chorusing a rhyme that children have chanted for generations.
School Library Journal
PreS-A large, brilliantly colored rendition of the counting rhyme ``one, two, buckle my shoe.'' Baker uses an imaginative array of acrylic colors for his hens-greens, purples, and pinks to contrast with the warm, yellow straw background. There are lots of things to count, such as sticks, eggs, chicks, and hens. A fine choice for toddler story hours.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT
Ilene Cooper
Kids will adore this big fat hen, and even though the book doesn't really work as the counting book it's supposed to be, the artwork is enough to carry it. The text is the old rhyme, "One, two, buckle my shoe," and the double-page spreads show the hen and her chicks (first appearing as eggs) enacting the words. On the pages on which the numbers appear, for instance, ""5", "6"," there are six eggs and five caterpillars, a dual concept that may be difficult for beginning counters to comprehend. The next page, "Pick up sticks," is even more chock-full, with chicks and lots of sticks everywhere. Children who want to skip the counting altogether can just enjoy the singsong text and the pictures executed in acrylic paints. The big fat hen is very large and quite beautiful, with iridescent green feathers accented with purple and red; her friends are just as lovely, all colors, some with delicate patterns in their feathers. With oversize characters and objects that can be seen at the very back of the room, this is a ready read-aloud for the story-hour set.
From the Publisher
“Counting to 10 won’t be the same with Baker’s new, visually striking version.”—Working Mother
“You and your child will love the colorful illustrations that stretch across pages and invite you to join in the rhyming chorus.”—Baby Talk
“Perfect for family sharing.”—San Diego Parent
“Bold outlines, plump figures and vibrant acrylics add up to an especially appealing counting primer.”—Publishers Weekly
“A ready read-aloud for the story-hour set.”—Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152013318
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 719,463
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

KEITH BAKER Baker has written and illustrated many well-loved picture books and early chapter books, including several about the charming and lovable Mr. and Mrs. Green. Two of his best-known picture books, Hide and Snake and Who Is the Beast?, are about animals. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2001

    Counting fun

    This is a good book because you little ones can learn to count with the Big Fat hen and her eggs and her chicks.

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