I had placed some items on hold for my posts in honor of May being National Egg Month, and May 14th being Dance Like a Chicken Day. They didn’t come in on time, so I did not include them in my posting. Well, they finally arrived, and rather than just sending them on their merry way, I decided to include them in the blog this week. Today, I’m presenting some little chickens! Both of these books I’ve used multiple times for story time, and they seem to work well.

Title: Wee Little Chick
Author: Lauren Thompson
Illustrator: John Butler
ISBN: 9781416934684
Pages: Picture Book
Publisher/Date: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2008.

With both of these books, it’s the pictures that sell the story, especially with the little ones. In both stories, you have very round, feathered chicks. John Butler’s engaging illustrations in this entry in Lauren Thompson’s series of “Wee Little…” books provide a sense of dimension, with the other farm animals almost bursting forth from the page as they sink down to wee little chick’s level. It’s also a great book for size comparison, as you see just how much bigger the cow, pig, and goose are compared to the wee little chick. The story is a “size doesn’t matter” tale as wee little chick succeeds in standing the tallest, cheeping the loudest, running the fastest, and finding the biggest seed. Finally, Mama Hen (who is noticeably white as opposed to the typical brown or red hen) comes to wee little chick’s rescue (although the chick is really holding her own and doesn’t need rescuing in the least bit) and tells the other animals that “She’s my wee little chick and she’s just big enough!”

Title: Five Little Chicks
Author: Nancy Tafuri
Illustrator: Nancy Tafuri
ISBN: 9780689873423
Pages: Picture Book
Publisher/Date: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2006.

With Five Little Chicks, you cannot, CAN NOT, go wrong with Nancy Tafuri. Her illustrations are always spot on; big, bright, and instantly recognizable. She has quite a few farm books, and they all are equally well done. Nancy Tafuri is a staple for my story times. Don’t miss the little detail of the pieces of corn in the chicks’ mouths. In this book, she illustrates the common finger play of five little chicks asking and exploring what they can eat, which Mother Hen finally answers by showing them how to scratch and peck in the corn patch. When doing this as a story time, you can have parents act it out with you by counting along with their fingers. On an unrelated note, Tafuri is both author and illustrator, so she’s a great one to rely on when parents come in looking for books with LARGE font to assist with learning how to read.

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