Coriander the Contrary Hen

Coriander the Contrary Hen

by Dori Chaconas, Marsha Gray Carrington

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
A chicken with an attitude takes center stage in this story of defiance at the farm. Coriander is not one to do as she is told. As the title suggests, Coriander does just the opposite of what she is told to do. How many of us know children with similar personalities? Not only does Coriander strut her rebelliousness in the barnyard—digging in the garden and skateboarding in the henhouse—she takes her stubbornness to the middle of the road and does not budge, causing a 15 vehicle backup and 15 very disgruntled drivers. One of those vehicles is a school bus bringing the farmer's daughter, Fanny Bucket, home. After Coriander pecks at Farmer Bucket's boot and Mrs. Bucket's water pail, Fanny realizes she is the one who must do something to get traffic moving again. By now, readers should know what to expect, and Fanny uses reverse psychology to dislodge the reluctant fowl with cheers all around. While the story is sure to please many readers and listeners, some adults may take issue with the method of resolution. In an age where self-esteem is valued in children, this work will make adults wonder if that theory has gone too far for too long. Fanny Bucket is portrayed as being more intelligent than her parents, an idea that may backfire in the long run!
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
When Coriander is told to "go," she stays; when she is requested to "stay," she leaves. One day, she decides to relax in the middle of the road, blocking traffic as she pauses to read her magazines. The hen just won't listen to reason. As a traffic jam ensues, a young girl uses some reverse psychology to remedy the situation. Coriander retires back to the henhouse, but she continues to show attitude toward the other chickens there. Although it appears that she is rewarded for resisting positive suggestions, children will be able to relate to her and may even want to talk about their own "Coriander days." Cartoonlike paintings-in one scene, Coriander wears reading glasses-add humor to the text. Choruses of repeated rhymes-"Cluck cluck duck," "Cluck cluck truck"-will perhaps bring participation to this tale.
—Blair ChristolonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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