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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Part of the "Crabtree Connections" series, this title is categorized as an information book and it introduces the life cycle of a chicken as it grows from an egg into an adult who in turn will begin to lay eggs. Interestingly, in the first few pages, it is made clear that the eggs that one buys in the store to eat do not contain chicks—there is reference that a rooster is required to mate with a hen to produce eggs that will hatch chicks. The mother hen lays about 10 eggs and then sits on them to keep them warm. She rotates the eggs in the nest to ensure that they warm evenly. The chicks grown very quickly and after three weeks are ready to come out their shells. The chicks have an egg tooth that helps them crack the hard shell. It is an exhausting job and the chicks rest for nearly two days before they start to follow their mother around to learn what to eat and drink. There is more information in this introductory book and the photographs are well positioned with factoids presented in colored shapes on the spreads so that young readers will have some trivia to share with family and friends. An engaging early reader that also has a brief glossary, book and Internet references for additional information and an index. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408133729
Publisher:
A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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