The Chicken Sisters

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When a big bad wolf moves to town, it would seem that the chicken sisters' fate is sealed, but in a clever twist, the eccentric trio saves the day. The unwitting wolf proves to be no match for the good intentions of these itching-sweater-knitting, off-key-singing, burnt-cookie-baking neighbors. Here's one wolf that's off to live with his mother!

"Off the wall fun."—Publishers Weekly

"A winner."—School Library Journal

The Chicken sisters drive a troublesome wolf home...

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Overview

When a big bad wolf moves to town, it would seem that the chicken sisters' fate is sealed, but in a clever twist, the eccentric trio saves the day. The unwitting wolf proves to be no match for the good intentions of these itching-sweater-knitting, off-key-singing, burnt-cookie-baking neighbors. Here's one wolf that's off to live with his mother!

"Off the wall fun."—Publishers Weekly

"A winner."—School Library Journal

The Chicken sisters drive a troublesome wolf home to his mother with their overwhelming eccentricities.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Praising the "humorous [and] intricately detailed" art and the author's "deadpan delivery," PW said this tale of three eccentric, highly domesticated hens offers "off-the-wall fun." Ages 3-7. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Violet loves to bake, but she always burns her cookies. Poppy loves to knit, and she makes scratchy hats and sweaters for everyone. Babs loves to sing, but she can't hold a note. These sisters' questionable talents annoy the neighbors until they are used to capture the local wolf. Numeroff''s wry little tale about the benefits of forbearance is brightly illustrated by Collicott.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3A fable that celebrates individual differences and our appreciation and perception of them. Well structured and delicately told, the story tells of three chickens, each of whom has something she loves to do, even though she does it badly. Violet loves to bake, but frequently fills the house with smoke. Poppy loves to knit "hats with chin straps" and "turtleneck sweaters with pom-poms." Babs loves to sing even though she is often off-key. Still, the sisters appreciate and support one another. However, the neighbors are unhappy with the smoke and the noise and they spend hours discussing what to do about the trio. Then an old wolf moves into the neighborhood and scares all of the residentsexcept for the sisters. They invite him in and soon they are frightening himcooking and knitting and singing to him until he runs away. The neighbors never complain about the sisters again. This tale, filled with gentle humor, pokes fun at the hapless generosity and navet of the sisters as well as the suspicions and prejudices of the neighbors. The illustrations reinforce the text, giving personality to the feathered siblings, especially as they surround the desperate wolf. Their matronly air is as clear as the grumpiness and fear exhibited by the neighbors. A winner that is sure to please at story time.Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Numeroff (Two for Stew, 1996, etc.) sends up the Big Bad Wolf story genre with this tale of an old wolf, new in the neighborhood, who is done in by a trio of contentedly incompetent hens: Their burned cookies, obsessive knitting, and off-key singing send him packing "to live with his mother in Atlantic City." The chicken sisters' relieved neighbors conclude that all the smoke, noise, and unsolicited gifts of itchy knit hats might be worth putting up with after all. It's pure slapstick—the wolf has false teeth and was never a menace in the first place. The pictures are the highlight of all this silliness: In the sisters' living room, every conceivable object is encased in a pastel-colored knitted cover; the wolf, baring a decidedly human-looking pair of dentures, lurks in lush greenery; a pair of baby squirrels run about disguised as salt-and-pepper shakers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064435208
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 600,247
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the author of many books for young readers in addition to the If You Give . . . series, including The Chicken Sisters and Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. She loves to play tennis and travel and lives in Los Angeles, California. A portion of her royalties will be donated to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that promotes children's literacy.

Laura Numeroff, autora de numerosos libros para niños, entre los que se incluye la conocida serie Si le das . . . , The Chicken Sister y Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. Vive en Los Angeles, California, donde le encanta montar a caballo, leer biografías y jugar con sus mascotas. Parte de las regalías obtenidas por este libro serán donadas a First Book, una organización nacional sin ánimo de lucro que promueve el amor por la lectura.

Sharleen Collicott is the author and illustrator of Toestomper and the Caterpillars, Seeing Stars, Mildred and Sam, and Mildred and Sam and Their Babies. She is also the illustrator of The Chicken Sisters by Laura Numeroff and Which Witch is Which? by Judi Barrett. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
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    This is one of the best children's books I've ever read in my life. I LOVE it. I bought 3 so far¿ one for my niece, one for a friend, and one for myself. The story is just as clever as the illustration. The whole thing is so much fun. It's impossible to get tired of.

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