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The singing chick
Stenmark, Victoria.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holt, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
A newly hatched, happily singing chick is eaten by a fox, who then starts singing before being eaten by a wolf, and so begins a chain of eating and singing for a series of animals.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Little Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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One day, an egg rolls into the forest. It hatches, and out pops a bright yellow chick. The chick is so happy to be alive that he starts singing and doesn't stop, even when a fox swallows him up. But then the fox can't stop singing, so a wolf eats him up. And the wolf can't stop singing, so a bear eats him up. Full of madcap humor that aims straight for a preschooler's funny bone, this is a happily-ever-after story that kids won't be able to stop singing about.

Author Notes

Victoria Stenmark , who died in 1996, was born in the Ukraine but lived the latter part of her life in New Jersey. She wrote this book for her son, Daniel.Randy Cecil is the illustrator of Little Red Cowboy Hat and Dear Dr. Sillybear . He lives in Houston, Texas.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. This cheerful circular story follows the misadventures of a newly hatched chick so happy to be alive it makes up a little ditty. Unfortunately, the chick is soon devoured by a hungry fox, who is soon surprised to find himself singing the chick's song. A wolf, annoyed by the tune, swallows the fox and then bursts into song himself. This angers a bear, who eats the wolf and begins singing so uncontrollably he frightens himself and dashes into the woods. When the bear crashes into a tree, out pop the wolf, the fox, and the chick, who stop singing. The bear, the wolf, and the fox are so relieved they hug the chick and return it to its father and mother (who is, naturally, a singing hen). The colorful, comical, and carefree illustrations suit the story and have solid child appeal, and kids will breathe a sigh of relief when the chick reaches the security of its family. A sure winner for story time. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0805052550Shelley Townsend-Hudson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Cecil's (Dear Dr. Sillybear) delicious artwork redeems a routine story. A singing chick is eaten by a fox, who begins to sing and peep: "The sun is so yellow!... And I'm a happy fellow!" An annoyed wolf eats the fox and is eaten in turn by a bear. Then a freak fall acts as a kind of Heimlich maneuver to dislodge all the swallowed animals. Cecil combines decorative kaleidoscopic scenes of flat, bright petals, round leaves and citrus fruits with a flair for humorous expressions and gestures. The texture of the brushstrokes is just visible in the solid colors of the oil paints. In a lovely symphony of orange, yellow and green, the fox and chick stand in a thicket of sunflowers, surrounded by masses of leaves, like a lush cartoon Gauguin. The book is well worth opening just to dwell in such landscapes. Ages 1-5. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-This tale of a lost chick and his infectious exuberance is colorfully illustrated in oil paint on paper. When an egg hatches on the forest floor, the cheerful creature that emerges begins skipping and singing a joyful song and is almost immediately eaten by a fox. Unable to control his actions, the fox then starts to skip and sing the chick's ditty. He disturbs a wolf; the wolf swallows him, picks up the tune, and collides with a bear. After devouring the wolf, the bear, performing the same song and dance, stumbles and rolls into a tree; he then tosses up the wolf, the fox, and the chick. Stunned, but relieved of their musical routines, the animals help the hatchling find his home and all ends well. The appealing, richly colored paintings in a variety of sizes, shapes, and page placements are the real draw here. Outlined in black, each object is clear and precise, giving the pictures a folk-art look. A satisfying story with charming artwork.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.