The Chicken Sisters

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When a big bad wolf moves into town, he thinks the three eccentric chicken sisters next door will be easy prey. But his tormenting tactics backfire when he comes face-to-face with the wacky threesome, who knit, bake, and sing him to distraction, sending him running home to his mother.

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

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When a big bad wolf moves into town, he thinks the three eccentric chicken sisters next door will be easy prey. But his tormenting tactics backfire when he comes face-to-face with the wacky threesome, who knit, bake, and sing him to distraction, sending him running home to his mother.

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: 9781591125334
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.42 (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.

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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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2000

    Comments on The Chicken Sisters

    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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