Chicken Said


Earl and Pearl decide to plant pumpkins. Their chicken watches them digging, planting and watering. They get tired of the chicken being around and keep shooing him away. The kids get upset when some crickets come and start to eat on the leaves of the small pumpkins. The chicken starts clucking and scares the crickets away. Earl and Pearl are so happy they each give the chicken a pumpkin.

Young Reader (5):
My daughter liked this book. She liked how the children communicated with the chicken, watching their pumpkins grow, and making the animal sounds while I read the words. She also enjoyed how the chicken helped the children, clapping when the chicken helped them.

Parent Perspective:
I enjoyed the pictures. The story was a quick read but had a good lesson. This story shows that not all is what it seems. The chicken was just being himself and even though he wasn’t like them, he was able to help them in a situation they couldn’t handle. It reminds kids not to people just because you don’t understand them or they are different than you.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Simple text, nice pictures and a teaching moment combine in a story that is good for young children.

Content Awareness Factors:

Although this is intended to help new readers, there was too much repetition of some like shoo and cluck.

Type of Book:
This is an easy reader for emergent readers.
Educational Themes:

This is a book meant to help new readers. There is a lot of repetition for vocabulary reinforcement. You can use the book to talk about feelings and the idea that everyone has a talent.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
5 to 8
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 6
Age of child:
Read with and by a 5-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a book for preschoolers and new readers. This isn't the only time they will see/hear the theme of acceptance.

Title Chicken Said "Cluck!"
Author Judyann Ackerman Grant
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
Illustrators Sue Truesdell
ISBN 9780060287238
Material Hard Cover
Genres Easy Reader, Life Lessons
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