The Missing Chick
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The Missing Chick

by Valeri Gorbachev
     
 

Little chicks will be reassured when the town turns out for a search in this amusing, gently suspenseful tale with a sweet, satisfying ending.

One of Mother Hen’s little chicks is missing. Did they leave him in the house? Is he hiding in his bed? Under a bush? A frantic Mother Hen enlists the help of obliging neighbors, who search high and low but

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Little chicks will be reassured when the town turns out for a search in this amusing, gently suspenseful tale with a sweet, satisfying ending.

One of Mother Hen’s little chicks is missing. Did they leave him in the house? Is he hiding in his bed? Under a bush? A frantic Mother Hen enlists the help of obliging neighbors, who search high and low but see no sign of the missing chick. Soon the firemen arrive, and a detective is on the case. But is the little chick really missing? Or did he just find a quiet place for a nap? With bright illustrations and comically expressive animal characters, Valeri Gorbachev tells a lighthearted, over-the-top tale of a little chick lost — and happily found.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Although Gorbachev's (Turtle's Penguin Day) whimsical characters are more original than the accompanying text, children who worry about getting lost will find the ending to this simple story extremely satisfying. When the excitable Mrs. Duck points out that one of Mother Hen's seven chicks is gone, the entire neighborhood comes together to find it. Expert watercolor and pen drawings produce an amusing cast-uniformed police dogs, a detective cat, eager beaver firefighters and a plethora of folksy neighbors in overalls and layered skirts. The book's strength rests less in its plot than in the visual details that invite subsequent readings. On nearly every page, increasing numbers of professionals with sirens, flashlights, helicopters, ladders, vehicles and walkie-talkies swarm Mother Hen's house with stoic determination, in contrast to Mrs. Duck's laments ("It's awful, awful, awful!"). Mrs. Duck loudly runs amok until she finds the seventh chick sound asleep in the laundry. A parting image that shows a baby chick asleep in an apron hanging from the clothesline suggests that another search will begin soon. Ages 3-5. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Mother Hen, in her apron and slippers, is hanging up her laundry with the help of her chicks. When Mrs. Duck notes that there are only six chicks, Mother Hen searches the house in vain for the missing seventh. Her neighbors Goat, Sheep, and Pig help her and Mrs. Duck look outside. Then they call the police. A detective, a cat complete with private-eye hat and trench coat, investigates; then the firefighters arrive in their truck. That chick isn't anywhere they look. Frantic Mrs. Duck finally sees something moving in the laundry basket. Guess who? Everyone cheers, while the chick promises not to get lost again. But on the last page… Although the brief text plays it straight, the watercolor and ink drawings depict humorous activities as the assorted helpers search. These anthropomorphic critters wear appropriate uniforms or clothes while handling the tools of their trade. The police climb over the roof talking on their radios while the firemen go up into the trees and Mrs. Duck runs around brandishing her umbrella. Frenzied comic action fills the pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Mother Hen and her seven chicks are hanging the laundry one sunny morning when neighborly Mrs. Duck observes that one chick is missing. Goat, Sheep, and Dog help to search the premises before being joined by the firefighters and the police on the ground and in helicopters. Amid all this noisy commotion, the missing chick wakes up from its napping spot in the laundry basket. A relieved Mother Hen finishes her original chore and heads inside with her brood, her laundry basket now empty. But the sleepy chick nods off again-this time in the folds of an apron just hung on the line, a visual joke that even the youngest listeners will appreciate. The story's simple premise, just-enough page-turning tension, and comical watercolor and ink illustrations add up to a gentle and satisfying tale that will hold up to repeated readings.-Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT

Kirkus Reviews
A napping chick throws the neighborhood into chaos. Mother Hen is quick to brag about her seven helpful chicks when Mrs. Duck drops by for a visit. But when Mrs. Duck points out that there are only six chicks helping, she sets off a search for the missing chick, starting with the house but quickly escalating to calling in the police, the firefighters and a search helicopter. All this noise wakens the sleepy missing chick, who was in the laundry basket all along. Readers will chuckle at Mrs. Duck's parting words: "Don't get lost again, little chick!" No sooner does the chick respond then he is falling asleep yet again . . . this time in an apron pocket. Gorbachev's softly rendered watercolors take some of the edge off the panicky situation. While the characters' body langauge speaks volumes, their facial expressions are primarily monotone, however. The building suspense and happy ending combine to make this a good springboard for "what if" conversations, but the paucity of story line and sameness of illustrations make this an additional purchase. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763636760
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/14/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD300L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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