Silly Chicken

Overview

Ami loves her chicken better than me.
She calls her Bibi, I call her silly.

Rani's mother loves Bibi the chicken more than her. At least that's what Rani thinks. That silly chicken gets all the attention, and Rani just can't stand it. Even worse, Bibi seems to know she's the favorite! But when Bibi disappears one afternoon, Rani realizes how sad her mother is. Will Rani's jealousy disappear, too?
Set in rural ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (11) from $2.93   
  • New (4) from $65.00   
  • Used (7) from $2.93   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$65.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(113)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$68.12
Seller since 2012

Feedback rating:

(26)

Condition: New
Hardcover New 0670059129 A new, unused and unread copy.

Ships from: Ashburn, VA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$132.62
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(205)

Condition: New
Hardcover New 0670059129 New Condition ~~~ Right off the Shelf-BUY NOW & INCREASE IN KNOWLEDGE...

Ships from: Geneva, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$136.01
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(227)

Condition: New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Ami loves her chicken better than me.
She calls her Bibi, I call her silly.

Rani's mother loves Bibi the chicken more than her. At least that's what Rani thinks. That silly chicken gets all the attention, and Rani just can't stand it. Even worse, Bibi seems to know she's the favorite! But when Bibi disappears one afternoon, Rani realizes how sad her mother is. Will Rani's jealousy disappear, too?
Set in rural Pakistan and illustrated with lively, expressive illustrations, this original take on sibling rivalry is hilarious and poignant at the same time.

In Pakistan, Rani believes that her mother loves their pet chicken Bibi more than she cares for her, until the day that a fluffy chick appears and steals Rani's own affections.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With her native Pakistan as the setting, Khan (The Roses in My Carpets) offers a comical parable about competing for a parent's affections. Rani thinks her mother Ami is playing favorites-with a hen, no less. "Somehow that silly chicken has wormed her way in," gripes Rani, as the featherbrained fowl follows Ami around their rural home. "When Ami's back was turned, I whispered, `I'd like to cook you up and eat you!' " Then Rani's murderous wish is fulfilled: the hen gets eaten by a dog ("The gate had been shut. I was sure I shut it," Rani protests). But rather than proceeding to a conventional wrap-up, Khan continues in a refreshingly unsentimental vein: an egg left behind by the resented hen hatches, producing "the cutest, fluffiest little chick I'd ever seen," which Rani immediately adopts and dubs Buchi. "Ami says I love Buchi even more than I love her, but that's just silly," says Rani on the final page-a satisfying and face-saving acknowledgement that it is possible to have all sorts of attachments in one's life. Newcomer Kyong's na f characterizations and flattened perspectives echo the directness of Khan's prose, and also balance the dark humor in Rani's unbridled envy. The sunny palette of vibrant greens, yellows and blues-reminiscent of Southeast Asian folk art-offers readers a sense of calm and reassurance, that they may weather whatever intense, scary feelings they may harbor. Ages 4-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
City children might not understand how someone could love a chicken, but they can identify with Rani's jealousy of Ami's (who we are to assume is Rani's mother) pet hen. Set in Pakistan, the flavor of the country comes through in Yunmee Kyong's colorful illustrations that portray the various reasons Rani thinks the female fowl is silly. Rani complains that Ami loves Bibi, the chicken, more than anything else. Bibi is shown following Ami all through the day as she goes about mundane tasks that will make interesting discussion for read aloud time. She is shown fetching water in a jug from the village well, cleaning a rug, and interacting with the neighbors. Rani is sure that Bibi is worthless but Ami seems to adore the silly chicken anyway and lovingly nurses her back to health after a cold. (Yes, chickens can have colds.) When Bibi finally lays an egg, Ami is delighted and stores it carefully away in a cupboard "for later." In a jarring note intended to explain their absence from home, Ami takes Rani to visit her father's grave. While they are out a dog dispatches Bibi and Rani feels Ami's blame for the loss of the chicken even though she is certain that she closed and locked the gate. The egg, long since forgotten, hatches and Rani finds herself captivated by the "cutest, fluffiest, little chick." Ami says Rani loves the chick more than she loves her, but Rani announces that that is just "silly." This slight book gives a glimpse into another culture and an unusual look at "sibling" rivalry, so it will be a useful addition to a preschool or primary library. 2005, Viking/Penguin, Ages 3 to 6.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Set in rural Pakistan, this story presents a unique look at sibling rivalry. Rani can't understand her mother's affection for Bibi, a chicken "with long, gangly legs and a silly look on her face." Ami brings the hen indoors when she is sick, uses Rani's old dress to make a nest, and even demonstrates the best position for egg-laying. After much pampering, Bibi finally does produce an egg, which is put away in a cupboard. When the hen disappears and is presumed dead, Ami is devastated and Rani tries to comfort her. Two weeks later, they hear a noise in the cupboard and discover a fluffy chick. The girl is smitten with the adorable creature, which she names Bibi Ki Buchi (Bibi's child). The tables have turned, and in the satisfying ending Rani confides, "Ami says I love Buchi even more than I love her, but that's just silly." The straightforward text does a good job of presenting the girl's point of view, highlighting her feelings of jealousy as well as her concern for her mother. Kyong uses vivid colors and patterns to evoke the setting. Filled with textured brush strokes and bright backgrounds, the paintings have a pleasing folk-art quality. Cultural details are naturally incorporated into both the text and pictures, allowing readers a glimpse into life in another country.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this classic tale of jealousy (or sibling rivalry), Rani, a young Pakistani girl, resents the attention her mother lavishes on a silly chicken who doesn't even know how to lay an egg. When her mother isn't looking, Rani whispers, "I'd like to cook you up and eat you!" Then one day during the heat of summer, after the hen has finally laid an egg, she disappears. They find dog tracks and feathers in the yard, and the mother is inconsolable. Suspense precedes a happy ending as Rani bravely opens a cupboard to investigate a mysterious noise that comes from within. Ah! Rani comes to love the fluffy chick so much that her mother accuses her of loving the chicken more than her, bringing the story full circle. Joyful, childlike illustrations in bold colors perfectly capture the silly chicken, the mother and child and the rural setting. The emotions ring true, the language is conversational and spare and the pacing just right-a perfect read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670059126
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Rukhsana Khan is the author of several books for children, including Ruler of the Courtyard.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)