An ALA Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
This hilarious and award-winning beginning reader is filled with simple, repetitive sentences and illustrated with bright artwork depicting Chicken’s funny expressions and poses. Chicken Said, "Cluck!" is sure to make beginning readers ask to enjoy this delightful reading experience again and again.
Earl and Pearl are growing pumpkins, and Chicken wants to help. Earl and Pearl dig the garden and plant the seeds, and water and weed...but Chicken only wants to scratch in the dirt. Earl and Pearl don’t want Chicken around, so they shoo her away. But then one day grasshoppers come to the garden, and Chicken proves herself useful.
This My First I Can Read Book is perfect for shared reading with toddlers and very young children. Basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations make this book just right for reading with emergent readers.
About the Author
Judyann Ackerman Grant and her family have raised numerous chickens as well as assorted cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, and goldfish on their farm in upstate New York. Ms. Grant was inspired to write Chicken Said, "Cluck!" by watching chickens scratch in the new-turned garden every spring. This is her first book.
Sue Truesdell has illustrated many children's books, including How to Talk to Your Dog by Jean Craighead George and Betsy Byars's I Can Read! series about the adventuresome Golly Sisters. Ms. Truesdell lives in Tenafly, New Jersey.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this little award-winning book. While it might seem like a very simple reader, and yes, it is, the depth of what is imparted through Sue Truesdell's beautiful illustrations catapault it from ordinary, to engaging, charming and heart-warming. Pay close attention to all the subtlety of chicken's expressions and 'body language'. Ms. Truesdell is nothing short of brilliant--her other books listed on the side will attest to this. She is a treasure!
Earl and Pearl are planning to grow pumpkins. They dig the garden, plant the seeds, water them, and pull the weeds. All during this time, Chicken scratches the dirt in the pumpkin patch. Earl and Pearl say, "Shoo," and Chicken says, "Cluck." However, one day the grasshoppers come and begin to nibble on the pumpkins. What will Earl and Pearl do? Is there anything Chicken can do?
My wife and I have homeschooled our two sons, so we were completely responsible for their early reading material. After putting them through a solid phonics program, we were always looking for interesting and fun books for them to read, and we used quite a few of the "I Can Read!" books from Harper Collins Publishers. The "My First Reading" level of these books are ideal for sharing with emergent readers, and we found them to be very helpful. There is nothing like the accomplishment of being able to read an entire book for stimulating confidence.
So whether you are homeschooling your children or just want to give your beginning reader some additional reading skill-building tools, Chicken Said, "Cluck" is an excellent choice. The humorous, poetic text will appeal to young children, and I highly recommend it.
This book is about two kids, Earl and Pearl, who plant pumpkins. As they are planting, watering, tending to their pumpkins, a chicken keeps scratching the dirt. They keep shooing the chicken away. Later grasshoppers invade the pumpkin patch and the chicken clucks them away. They are so glad for a chicken that saved their pumpkins.This story made me laugh. It had a cute story to it that invoved all the characters mentioned. The pictures really told the story well. They were bright and filled with color. The characters had great detail that told the story. In a classroom setting, you could have the children tell you their favorite thing to plant and favorite animal. Then you can challenge them to why a plant and animal can help each other.