Beginning readers can count to ten—and add—while they learn to read with P.J. Funnybunny author Marilyn Sadler's latest, funniest Bright and Early Book! Gwen the hen has laid her eggs, but just how many is anyone's guess. For now, she's quite content to sit and wait for them to hatch. Red Rooster, however, is too excited to wait. As soon as one egg hatches, he struts over to Worm World and buys ONE worm for his ONE new baby chick. Alas, Red returns to find that not ONE new baby chick, but TWO baby chicks have now...
Beginning readers can count to ten—and add—while they learn to read with P.J. Funnybunny author Marilyn Sadler's latest, funniest Bright and Early Book! Gwen the hen has laid her eggs, but just how many is anyone's guess. For now, she's quite content to sit and wait for them to hatch. Red Rooster, however, is too excited to wait. As soon as one egg hatches, he struts over to Worm World and buys ONE worm for his ONE new baby chick. Alas, Red returns to find that not ONE new baby chick, but TWO baby chicks have now hatched, requiring a return trip to Worm World. The hijinks continue back and forth until ten eggs have hatched, Red Rooster is ready to plotz, and young readers have learned a thing or two about ONE: counting to ten; TWO: simple addition; THREE: buying and selling; and FOUR: chickens and eggs! With stylized illustrations by Michael Fleming reminiscent of classic Beginner Books, this is a perfect choice for parents looking to teach reading and math to their own little chicks!
Gwen the Hen is excited to lay eggs. When the eggs hatch, Gwen will be a mother. She tells her mate, Red the Rooster, about the eggs and right away he wants to count them. But her play on words, “…it’s bad luck to count your eggs before they hatch,” reminds Red that he has to wait. Soon the first egg hatches and Red, the proud father, struts to the worm store to buy one worm for his new chick. The owner, Red’s friend, gives him a free worm to take home to the chick. However, upon his arrival Red finds two more chicks have hatched. Several trips ensue back and forth between the worm store to accommodate the ten chicks that finally make Gwen and Red’s family complete. This comical, short book is from the “Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners” series. Simple text and repetitive words and phrases work well to make this a successful read for beginning readers. The bright and colorful illustrations are fun and they work with the text to show how the chicks add up as they are counted. In addition to being a good book to reinforce learning to read, it contains math that is easy to understand. It is a good book to use with the lessons on addition and it may lead to students wanting to make up their own tales about how things add up. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury; Ages 3 to 7.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—It's an exciting day for counting in the hen house. Gwen the hen insists it's bad luck to count your eggs before they hatch, so rooster Red doesn't count but waits faithfully by her side. When the first chick arrives, the proud papa visits the local Worm World for a welcome-snack, only to find more hatchlings when he returns. The rooster continues to go to the market until a total of ten worms fill his brown shopping bag and Pinky Pig receives one coin per worm. Young readers will find multiple opportunities to count here: Gwen counts her new chicks, Pinky counts the worms, and Red counts the coins-not just singly, but adding 1+2+3+4 as each group of eggs hatch. Bright yellow chicks and their equally colorful parents appear in simple, uncluttered painted images. This early reader offers clear visual clues for interpretation of text, a large font, and plenty of opportunity to sum up the story in more than one way. A recommended purchase for any library with a collection for emerging readers.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Ten eggs hatch, and the counting begins in this tale aimed at the very youngest readers. Gwen the hen and Red Rooster are thrilled when their eggs hatch. Red has not been allowed to count the eggs in the nest, as that would bring bad luck. When the first chick hatches, Red rushes to get a worm from Pinky Pig, only to arrive back at the nest to find two more. As each batch of baby chicks is born, Red and Gwen add and count them joyfully. Red purchases more worms, counting and paying the appropriate amount of coins. That is the whole tale, but Sadler manages to keep it fast-paced and lively. Repetitive phrases and plot patterns mix with delightfully descriptive language and surprise elements to keep readers and listeners agog with interest. Proud papa Red struts and puffs his chest when he tells Pinky of his newborn chicks. When he realizes that the final count was 10, "[y]ou could have knocked him over with a feather." Lots of white space surrounds heavy, black, large print with the names of numbers emphasized in all capitals. Fleming's black-outlined, brightly colored illustrations are expressive and filled with action, aptly capturing all the excitement while allowing little readers to count along with Red and Gwen. A happy and entertaining tale. (Early reader. 2-5)
MARILYN SADLER is a children's book author, television producer, and screenwriter. Among the dozens of books she has written are the bestselling Random House Beginner Books It's Not East Being a Bunny, Honey Bunny Funnybunny, and Money, Money Honey Bunny! Ms. Sadler's work has received many honors, including an IRA Classroom Choice Award and a Parents' Choice Award.
MICHAEL FLEMING has been drawing fantastic scenes on various surfaces since the age of three. His colorful work blends a love of nature with a dash of the mischievous. He has worked with Lucasfilm, Google, American Greetings, and many more. He lives on the mysterious island of Alameda with his wife, two cats, and two dogs.