The Loopy Coop Hens

The Loopy Coop Hens

by Janet Morgan Stoeke
     
 

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Midge, Pip, and Dot are the silly hens of Loopy Coop Farm. Resting under the shade of a big apple tree, they are suddenly bombarded by falling apples—who could possibly be throwing apples at them? The three hens investigate, only to find an unexpected explanation. With its surprise ending, short and punchy text, and Stoeke's hilariously expressive pictures,

Overview

Midge, Pip, and Dot are the silly hens of Loopy Coop Farm. Resting under the shade of a big apple tree, they are suddenly bombarded by falling apples—who could possibly be throwing apples at them? The three hens investigate, only to find an unexpected explanation. With its surprise ending, short and punchy text, and Stoeke's hilariously expressive pictures, this is a story kids will want to return to again and again.

From the author of the hit Minerva Louise series, this new rowdy reader about the Loopy Coop Farm hens is also a perfect lesson in reading.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stoeke trades her popular Minerva Louise character for a trio of similarly dim hens—Pip, Dot, and Midge—who "love Rooster Sam" for several reasons, not least because he can fly. The simple text and sentences are ideal for new readers, but it is Stoeke's loose, unfussy artwork that emphasizes the slapstick humor and carries much of the character development. The fowls' body language is especially hilarious in scenes where they attempt to fly and find themselves flat on the ground, or when overconfident Rooster Sam strolls by. Despite the traditional picture book format, the plot is divided into chapters that resemble an early reader; in "The Moth," the hens begrudge a moth's ability to fly ("We're big," says Dot. "We should be able to fly"), before deciding that having wings, toes, and—unfortunately for the moth—beaks is enough. And the hens' disappointment in discovering that Rooster Sam can't fly at all is short-lived. After all, "His toes are golden yellow," and "his comb falls just so, over one eye." Being in love can feel like flying, and for these hens, that's enough. Ages 3–5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Meagan Eudy
Hens Midge, Pip and Dot live on Loopy Coop Farm with Rooster Sam. Every morning they see and hear Sam on top of the barn saying “cock-a-doodle-doo!” The hens think that he can fly and desperately want to be able to do the same. Since they are just like Rooster Sam, they wonder why they cannot fly like him. One morning they decide to wake up before Rooster Sam gets on the barn so that they can learn his tricks. They are shocked to find out that what he actually does is not at all what they thought. First or second graders will enjoy this book; but to understand the moral, readers need to be a little older. The colorful and animated illustrations are very simple and add to the telling of the story. This story also has a good moral: the truth is not always what it seems and the desire to be something that one is not can lead to false assumptions. Readers may be surprised by the truth, and this story exemplifies this dynamic well. Reviewer: Meagan Eudy; Ages 6 to 10.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448462721
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/07/2013
Series:
Penguin Young Readers Level 2 Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
521,223
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Morgan Stoeke is the creator of the hen Minerva Louise, who has appeared in many books. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Visit her website at http://www.minervalouise.com.

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