Cock-A-Doodle Christmas!

Cock-A-Doodle Christmas!

by Will Hillenbrand
     
 

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A young chicken learns to crow the good news of baby Jesus’s birth.

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A young chicken learns to crow the good news of baby Jesus’s birth.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-After the old rooster retires, Harold, the small new rooster, can't crow loud enough to wake the animals, throwing the farm (in the village of Bethlehem) into chaos. Then Mary and Joseph show up and take over the stable, much to Harold's confusion. When he sees Baby Jesus, he is inspired to crow loudly, as all roosters do to this day, "Good news for you!" The text, matter-of-fact and unsentimental, reads like a folktale, making this an excellent story to read aloud, and the gouache, ink, and collage illustrations depict a humble but colorful farm. The animals all have personality but Harold is particularly winsome with his scrawny purple body and goggly yellow eyes. Sure to be a holiday favorite.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
Hillenbrand offers an amusing and original Christmas story for younger children, with the familiar setting of the stable in Bethlehem and a cast of farm animals. The winning main character is a scrawny young rooster named Harold, who has to take over the morning wake-up duties despite his timid voice. He is unsuccessful at crowing and waking the other animals, so the routine of the farm is upset and the animals are cranky. When the baby Jesus is born in the stable on the farm, Harold hears about the "Good News" from a shepherd. After meeting the Christ Child himself, the little rooster finds his own voice at last and feels empowered to develop his own loud announcement to the world about the news from the stable. The short story is smoothly told in energetic fashion, with lots of animal noises flowing across the page in enlarged, colored display type, and the explanation of the significance of the Nativity scene is particularly well-done. Hillenbrand's illustrations in gouache, ink and collage feature large animals in deep earth tones contrasting well with the two appealing roosters in brilliant hues. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761457183
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
6
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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