Chicken Chickens Go to School

Chicken Chickens Go to School

by Valeri Gorbachev Mikhail, Valeri Gorbachev
     
 

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This sequel to the critically acclaimed "Chicken Chickens," called a surefire toddler pleaser by "Publishers Weekly," offers another reassuring look at common childhood fears. It's the first day of school for the little chickens and they are a little scared. How a wise teacher helps the chicken chickens overcome their fears and win some wonderful new friends is a

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This sequel to the critically acclaimed "Chicken Chickens," called a surefire toddler pleaser by "Publishers Weekly," offers another reassuring look at common childhood fears. It's the first day of school for the little chickens and they are a little scared. How a wise teacher helps the chicken chickens overcome their fears and win some wonderful new friends is a heartwarming story that will reassure youngsters experiencing their own first day jitters.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mother Hen's two adorable offspring from Chicken Chickens are back, graduating from their debut outing to the playground and moving on to the classroom "for the very first time." Their wide-eyed, furrowed-brow expressions as they cross the street with their mother in a long line of fellow students convey their worry. Their mother and teacher try to defray their concerns ("Don't worry,... I'm sure you will like it here," their mother says; "Don't worry,... I'm sure you will make friends quickly," says Mrs. Heron). But the little chickens' overtures of friendship fall flat: they greet Rabbit at read-aloud time ("Ssssssssh,... I'm listening to the story") and Frog during music ("Ssssssssh,... I'm trying to sing"). Their look of dejection as they eat alone together during snack time is nearly palpable; they dare view their classmates only with a sidelong look and stand in identical postures when they report their progress to their teacher (" `We can't make any friends,' said the little chickens sadly"). Luckily, Mrs. Heron comes up with just the solution: a class hike over a stream. When the chickens are too chicken to cross, all the classmates who'd unknowingly rejected them earlier come to their aid, and cheer them on when the pair conquer their fear. This comforting book offers reassurance on two counts: the surety of friendship and tackling the newness of the schoolroom. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Having tamed fears of the playground in Chicken Chickens (North-South, 2001), Gorbachev's timid chicks are now facing their first day of school. It's no surprise that these little guys, who always speak in unison, are worried about making new friends. At first their fears seem justified because the other students are much too busy to be bothered with them. (Beaver is building a tower, Rabbit is listening, Frog is singing.) Fortunately, their teacher finds a way to bring the class together and give the chicks a much-needed boost in confidence at the same time. Though warm and engaging, Gorbachev's characteristic watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations fail to elevate the text beyond the flat and predictable. Also, children nervous about starting school will notice that this wearisome pair overlooks a clear and distinct advantage-having one another! Libraries that need more going-to-school titles could consider this an additional purchase, but Kevin Henkes's Wemberly Worried (Greenwillow, 2000) or Amy Hest's Off to School, Baby Duck (Candlewick, 2001) will have more resonance for children embarking on their new adventure.-Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735816008
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
05/08/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.57(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Valeri Gorbachev is the author and illustrator of a number of children's books, both in the United States and Europe, including Nicky And The Big Bad Wolves and Where is the Apple Pie? Mr. Gorbachev immigrated to the United States from the Ukraine in 1991 and now lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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