When a family brings home chicks from a local farm, they must do everything they can to make sure their feathered friends thrive in their new environment. With the help of their knowledgeable parents, the children provide the baby chicks with food, water, warmth, and proper shelter. Young readers will chirp along happily page after page, learning to read as they watch the fuzzy little chicks grow into downy adult chickens, who will eventually ...
When a family brings home chicks from a local farm, they must do everything they can to make sure their feathered friends thrive in their new environment. With the help of their knowledgeable parents, the children provide the baby chicks with food, water, warmth, and proper shelter. Young readers will chirp along happily page after page, learning to read as they watch the fuzzy little chicks grow into downy adult chickens, who will eventually lay eggs of their own!
Step 1 (Ready to Read) is for children who know the alphabet and are ready to read. Step 1 titles have big type and easy words, rhyme and rhythm, and picture clues.
A brother and sister receive three tiny chicks and help their parents make a home for them so they will grow. As they grow, they change. And as they change, their home needs to change. Soon their little chicks will be all grown up and new baby chicks will be on the way. Chicks! Is a “Step Into Reading” Step 1 book, with easy-to-read words and larger print to make it easy for the beginning reader to enjoy. The basic vocabulary promotes and encourages the young reader. The bright colorful illustrations make the book entertaining and fun. They also provide picture clues to aid the reader in figuring out where the story is going. Children will love watching the little chicks grow and parents will enjoy the message of pet responsibility that is woven throughout the text and pictures. The very last page in the book has a website that allows the parent to download free sample pages from Sylvan. Reviewer: Tima Murrell; Ages 4 to 6.
Step by step, a family acquires chicks and watches them grow into chickens old enough to produce eggs and chicks themselves. Even today, not all chickens are raised on farms. Some, like the ones in this book, are thriving in the backyards of homes in areas where zoning permits. From the family's trip to the farm to purchase three chicks through early indoor nurturing to building outdoor shelter and then nest boxes, the story proceeds chronologically. The very simple text includes plenty of repetition to support beginning readers as well as words specific to the activity: brooder and coop, beaks and wattles, chirp and cluck. The farmer is African-American, and the mom, dad, girl and boy pictured may well be Latino--a welcome departure from the norm in agricultural stories. The chickens are realistically drawn. The illustrations support the text, offering plentiful clues. This entry, at the Step 1 level in the long-running Step into Reading series, reflects the current demand for engaging informational reading at all levels. It more than meets that need, standing out for its clear description of the process and its subtle multicultural appeal. Whether these fowl are feathered friends or future food, they are nourishing. (Informational early reader. 4-7)
Chicks! is SANDRA HORNING's second book with Random House, following her critically acclaimed picturebook, The Giant Hug, which was a Junior Library Guild selection and an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice. Sandra lives in Connecticut with her husband and children. You can visit her online at sandrahorning.com.
JON GOODELL is the acclaimed illustrator of A Mouse Called Wolf, Zigazak!, Andiamo, Weasel!, Mother, Mother, I Want Another!, and Mice Are Nice.