Chicken Soup

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Rumor has it that Mrs. Farmer is making chicken soup, so the chickens are on the run—except for poor Little Chickie, who has a bad cold. No matter where she hides—the hayloft, a milk pail, or the sheep pen—her sneezes give her away. She is sure to be found soon!
 
The unbeatable mother-son team of award-winning and bestselling author Jean Van Leeuwen, whose Oliver and Amanda Pig books are a children’s literature staple, and her son, ...
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Overview


Rumor has it that Mrs. Farmer is making chicken soup, so the chickens are on the run—except for poor Little Chickie, who has a bad cold. No matter where she hides—the hayloft, a milk pail, or the sheep pen—her sneezes give her away. She is sure to be found soon!
 
The unbeatable mother-son team of award-winning and bestselling author Jean Van Leeuwen, whose Oliver and Amanda Pig books are a children’s literature staple, and her son, up-and-coming illustrator David Gavril (Penelope Nuthatch and the Big Surprise), have created a charming picture book very much in the spirit of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.

F&P level: K

F&P genre: F

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A marvel of suspense and silliness, this convoluted story begins with a misunderstanding and ends with a satisfying sneeze. Minimal text and animated artwork seamlessly set up the animals' mistake through a series of closeups as cow, sheep and goose spread the word-" 'Psssst!' Cow told Sheep. 'Psssst!' Sheep told Pig." By the time goose tells all the chickens, chaos ensues as they squawk, "Mrs. Farmer has taken out the big pot!" and "She's making chicken soup!" Van Leeuwen (the Oliver and Amanda books) builds anxiety as sniffly Little Chickie and the chickens run around the farm trying to avoid the "clomp clomp clomp" of Mr. Farmer's boots. Slapstick humor abounds as Little Chickie spoils the chickens' hiding spots with a series of sneezes, and the dialogue adds tension. But just when things look their worst-"I've been looking everywhere for you," says Mr. Farmer, catching Little Chickie in the flower bed-the Farmers offer him a hot bowl of (vegetable) soup to make him feel better. A kid-pleasing read-aloud. Ages 4-8. (May)

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
All the animals know that when Mrs. Farmer gets out the BIG POT it can only mean one thing—chicken soup. Frightened chickens run for cover. Little Chickie, who has the sniffles, has difficulty finding the perfect hiding place. Each time she hides something tickles her beak resulting in a great Aah-choo. Encouragement from her barnyard friends almost helps her get away. Too late! Mr. Farmer catches her and takes her home where Mrs. Farmer has prepared vegetable soup for "poor little sick chickie." Kids will love the tension and drama as Little Chickie scurries around with the sound of the farmer's boots going CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMP right behind her. The ink outlined watercolors are filled with humor and perfectly match the barnyard mayhem. The turnabout ending will leave readers giggling with delight. Pair this with What's the Time, Mr. Wolf by Ken Brown, Peachtree, 2001. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

PreS-K

The farmyard grapevine spreads the news: Mrs. Farmer has taken out the big soup pot. Everyone knows what that means: chicken soup! The chickens all scatter and hide, but poor Little Chickie has got a cold, and no hiding place is safe from Mr. Farmer as her sneezes keep giving her away. The suspense builds as the man's boots stomp ever closer and he catches her, only to take her inside for a nice bowl of vegetable soup to ease her cold. This simple, just-scary-enough story will appeal to preschoolers with its repetition and bright, childlike pen and watercolor illustrations. The worried expressions on the faces of Gavril's sheep, pigs, and chickens only enhance the tension, and the climax comes down in a happy ending like a good tickle chase. A fun read-aloud for farmyard storytimes.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810983267
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 946,323
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Jean Van Leeuwen is the author of more than fifty books for children. Her Oliver and Amanda Pig easy-to-read series, launched in 1979, is still growing. Her recent picture book, Benny and Beautiful Baby Delilah (Dial, 2006) received a starred review in School Library Journal. She lives in Chappaqua,New York. David Gavril is the author and illustrator of Penelope Nuthatch and the Big Surprise, about which Booklist says, “The cleanlined, bright pictures highlight the action and humor.” He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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