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Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Class Pet
     

Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Class Pet

by Ruth Ohi, Peter Mitchell (Illustrator)
 

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Chicken, Pig and Cow have had many happy adventures with Dog at Girl’s house. But when Girl carts them off to school one day, leaving Dog behind, they aren’t sure what to think. Where is school, exactly? And what’s with all the noise there? Who are all these people who look like Girl but aren’t Girl? And why is their new hamster neighbor,

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Chicken, Pig and Cow have had many happy adventures with Dog at Girl’s house. But when Girl carts them off to school one day, leaving Dog behind, they aren’t sure what to think. Where is school, exactly? And what’s with all the noise there? Who are all these people who look like Girl but aren’t Girl? And why is their new hamster neighbor, Furface, trying to eat their barn? The adorable toy characters Chicken, Pig and Cow once again rely on friendship and teamwork as they embark on their latest adventure in all new surroundings. As always, young readers will be charmed by Ruth Ohi’s witty, warm illustrations in this story about the excitement of discovering new places, learning new lessons and making new friends.

Editorial Reviews

Resource Links - Ken Kilback
Once again, Ohi has created a touching read-aloud, the text simple, the language spare, and the story full of warmth, and character, and humour.
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
When Girl stuffs her three favorite little toy animals in a wooden box and carts them off to school, Chicken, Pig, and Cow are a little alarmed by all the noise and creatures as giant as Girl. But things get more threatening when the class pet, Hamster, escapes his cage and starts gnawing the friends' structure. Children will enjoy reading how the three friends resolve their problem. The simple text uses vivid language that emerging readers are likely to be able to handle. Ohi's watercolor illustrations reinforce the warmth and good humor of the story. Not only are the early reading crowd likely to want to read this tale more than once, they are likely to be eager to look up Ohi's other adventures of Chicken, Pig, and Cow. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-K—In their new adventure, talking action figures Chicken, Pig, and Cow have a busy day at Girl's school as part of her farm project. They are apprehensive at first when they realize that their brave comrade, Dog, is not coming with them. They encounter Furface, an escaped hamster that looms over them and threatens to eat their popsicle-stick barn. The three collaborate and engage in some excellent problem solving to coax the class pet back into its cage. Spare text and engaging watercolor cartoon illustrations lend a tone of sweet simplicity to this friendship story. Young listeners will find comfort in the fact that active participation and praise for one's efforts can make even the scariest adventure seem worth the risk.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Three toys take an unexpected field trip. Huddled in close quarters, Cow, Pig and Chicken try to dissect the sounds around them. Readers see that their temporary housing (a makeshift Popsicle-stick barn) confines them to a classroom while their beloved young owner enjoys her day at school. The friends' introduction to the imposing class pet, dubbed Furface by the anxious critters, leads to some wacky interactions (no surprise, as students' signage reveals the hamster's given name as Mr. Crankypants). When the hamster begins to gnaw on their barn, the pals escape in hopes of distracting him. Wry dialogue keeps the tone light. "I am not a salad," Chicken protests from under leaf of lettuce as the group tries to lure the hamster to his cage after a fruitless game of fetch. Humorous watercolors splashed against open white backgrounds extend the visual humor, depicting the classroom environment from a toy's-eye point of view. The three adventurers shove a box of crayons in place to act as stairstep to Furface's cage; "Push. Grunt," indicates the effort. Human characters fade to the background, pictured, if at all, as a pair of giant hands or from shoulders down. A lighthearted glimpse reveals how stuffed animals will play when their child (and their teacher) is away. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554513468
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
05/19/2011
Series:
Chicken, Pig, Cow Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Ruth Ohi is not only a talented writer and illustrator, she is also a tireless presenter at schools and libraries, where she shares her trade secrets with children. Ruth lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.

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