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The Chicken of the Family

By: Mary Amato

Illustrator: Delphine Durand

"I am not a chicken. I am not a chicken." Henrietta's older sisters, Kim and Clare, always tease her, so when they tell her she's a chicken, she knows it can't be true. "I don't even look like a chicken," she argues. They point to her "yellow" legs and "long" toes as evidence, but Henrietta is still skeptical. Then she wakes up one morning and finds an egg in her bed and feathers on the floor. Could her sisters be right? Full-color art. f

ISBN: 9780399241963

JLG Release: Apr 2008


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Sisters , Birth order , Teasing , Chickens , Proofs , Practical jokes , Family , Farms , Playing , Getting in trouble , Calling names , Kindness , Fear , Being together , Consequences

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal


The dynamics of sibling relationships are played for laughs with enormous success in this picture book about three sisters. Henrietta is usually the brunt of her older sisters' teasing. When they trick her into believing that she is a chicken by planting an egg and two feathers in her bedroom, she runs away to a nearby farm to find her real fam

The dynamics of sibling relationships are played for laughs with enormous success in this picture book about three sisters. Henrietta is usually the brunt of her older sisters' teasing. When they trick her into believing that she is a chicken by planting an egg and two feathers in her bedroom, she runs away to a nearby farm to find her real family. Accepted by the farmer and the fowl as one of their own, Henrietta makes her sisters squirm when they are sent by their parents to bring her home. The wacky plot is made all the more comical by the straightforward, almost deadpan, delivery. Durand's colorful cartoon illustrations add to the silliness with the antics of the farmyard residents and the girls' expressions (the egglike appearance of their wide eyes continues the chicken theme). When using this book as a read-aloud, be sure to share Amato's dedication, which notes her inspiration for the story.
Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

Horn Book

Using a strategically placed egg and two feathers, Henrietta's big sisters convince her that she is a chicken, not a girl. Unable to face her human family, Henrietta escapes to the neighbor's farm where she finds comfort in the hen house--and leaves her sisters to deal with the parental fall-out. Clean-lined illustrations capture the silly and sati Using a strategically placed egg and two feathers, Henrietta's big sisters convince her that she is a chicken, not a girl. Unable to face her human family, Henrietta escapes to the neighbor's farm where she finds comfort in the hen house--and leaves her sisters to deal with the parental fall-out. Clean-lined illustrations capture the silly and satisfying twist of a quirky sibling prank that backfires.

Book Details

ISBN

9780399241963

First Release

April 2008

Genre

Humorous fiction.

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

8" x 10"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.3; Points: 1;

Lexile

Level 520L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Putnam’s

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Sisters, Birth order, Teasing, Chickens, Proofs, Practical jokes, Family, Farms, Playing, Getting in trouble, Calling names, Kindness, Fear, Being together, Consequences,

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