Louise, The Adventures Of A Chicken


Louise is not content to spend the rest of her life in the henhouse. A trip on the sea was interesting, but she still longed for adventure. Being a circus performer was interesting, but that had its ups and downs, too, and soon she was back at the henhouse again. Each time she left home, the hens wanted to know where she went. Finally, she told them. What did they think?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Children will quickly relate to Louise and her desire for adventure. The chapter format makes it particularly attractive (and accessible) to reluctant and remedial readers.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

"I love,Louise, Mom." We have read this on and off for several weeks now. Our daughter seems to select this when she wants some extra cuddle-up-and-read time. Even knowing how the story ends, she enjoys the tension of each adventure as Louise faces "certain danger."

Parent Reaction

This is a fun story, and we were surprised when our daughter initially said she didn't want to read it. We left it on the dresser, and ultimately, she picked it up, leafed through it, and we haven't stopped reading since. There is just enough tension that kids will be glued (and worried about Louise' safety), but there is a happy ending every time. Louise is adorable, and the illustrations are action-packed, too. There are several spreads that invite you to explore all of the action that's not described in the text.

Type of Book:
This picture book is divided into chapters, one each for Louise's adventures.
Educational Themes:

Louise learns that things don't always turn out the way we planned. The chapters are self-contained, so each story builds toward the ultimate lesson: there's no place like home. Bring the story to life by planning your own adventures.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. The story is fun and meant to be shared aloud. The illustrations offer plenty for kids to explore within the story or in creating their own stories.

Title Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken
Author Kate DiCamillo
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
Illustrators Harry Bliss
ISBN 9780060755546
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Humor
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