Chickens Aren't the Only Ones

Chickens Aren't the Only Ones

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by Ruth Heller
     
 

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March 2000

With a concise and lively rhyming text, celebrated author and artist Ruth Heller introduces readers to a remarkably diverse group of egg-laying animals and explains their unique behavior in Chickens Aren't the Only Ones. Rich, memorable spreads depict eggs of every shape and size in brilliant detail, along with the amazing animals…  See more details below

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March 2000

With a concise and lively rhyming text, celebrated author and artist Ruth Heller introduces readers to a remarkably diverse group of egg-laying animals and explains their unique behavior in Chickens Aren't the Only Ones. Rich, memorable spreads depict eggs of every shape and size in brilliant detail, along with the amazing animals that lay them. This original and thoughtful look at nature is sure to delight as naturally as it teaches. Ruth Heller's celebrated World of Nature series also includes Animals Born Alive and Well, The Reason for a Flower, and Plants That Never Ever Bloom.

Our chat with Ruth Heller is part of an ongoing series that highlights some of the books featured on the critically acclaimed, award-winning children's PBS program "Reading Rainbow," which Barnes & Noble.com and Barnes & Noble sponsor. Developed to encourage positive attitudes in children toward reading and learning, each "Reading Rainbow" episode is inspired by an outstanding children's book. Expanding on the featured book's theme, series host LeVar Burton takes children on "you are there" adventures while motivating them to make reading part of their everyday lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Emily Schuster
It's not just chickens--almost all animals lay eggs, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and other invertebrates. In this clever book, we learn that the octopus hangs its eggs in pearl-like strings attached to rocks, and that the spider wraps its eggs in silk. We learn that not all eggs are round--stingrays' eggs look like mermaid's purses. Active fathers, like the seahorse and the Siamese fighting fish, are included as well as two unusual egg-laying mammals, the spiny anteater and the duckbill platypus. Although the biological concepts and detailed drawings are advanced enough to teach even parents a thing or two, the rhymes and bright colors give this book definite kid appeal. Heller even manages to introduce words like "oviporous" and "mammalia" (which she rhymes with "Australia," of course) without seeming too pretentious or inaccessible. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- Bright, colorful illustrations of birds, reptiles, fish, and insects appear in two - page spreads , showing that chickens aren't the only animals that lay eggs. This excellent translation is sure to appeal to beginning readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448018720
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1981
Series:
Sandcastle Series
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 10.09(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

After receiving a fine arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completing two years of graduate work in design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ruth Heller (1923-2004) began her career designing wrapping paper, cocktail napkins, greeting cards, and coloring books. After five years of rejection and one complete revision, Heller's first book, Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, about egg-laying animals, was published in 1981. It was so successful that the sequel, and second book to be published, Animals Born Alive And Well (1982), about mammals, quickly followed. In 1983 and 1984, her third and fourth titles, The Reason For A Flower (about plants that have seeds and flowers) and Plants That Never Ever Bloom (about plants that do not) were published.

She then began work on a collection of six books, the How To Hide series on camouflage and the magic of this phenomenon in nature, which covered the entire animal kingdom — insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and sea creatures. The next collection of books became a five-volume series on parts of speech: A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns; Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs; Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives; Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns; and Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs. She also wrote and illustrated the unique and fascinating book Color, a charming and instructive guide to how art goes through the four color printing process.

Among the notable people who have had an influence on Heller's writing have been: Ogden Nash, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, and Dr. Seuss. Heller says of her work, "All my books are nonfiction picture books in rhyme. I find writing in rhyme enjoyable and challenging, and I think it is an easy way for children to learn new facts and acquire a sophisticated vocabulary. Children are not intimidated by big words. I try to make my writing succinct and allow the illustrations to convey as much information as possible."

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