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Title:
This little chick
Author:
Lawrence, John, 1933-
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Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 28 cm
Summary:
A little chick shows that he can make the sounds of the animals in his neighborhood.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 460 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 32597 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780763617165
Format :
Book

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Summary

Who says a little chick can't make big, loud animal noises?

Most little chicks barely make a peep, but not this little chick! While his brothers and sisters nestle close to their mother hen, this little chick struts off on his own to make some new friends in the farmyard. And he has a wonderful time of it - sliding off the back of a shiny pink pig, hopping along with frogs, skipping with a flock of frisky sheep, and imitating all the sounds these animals make. Full of playful detail, John Lawrence's bold, energetic engravings will keep toddlers smiling, long after the oinking, mooing, baaing, and quacking are over.


Author Notes

John Lawrence's signature wood engravings grace the pages of many classic novels and anthologies. But to do the large bold engravings for THIS LITTLE CHICK, he chose to work in vinyl. He says of this book, "I always wanted to do a book for very young children and was delighted when a little chick turned up on my doorstep." John Lawrence's other books for children include THE MYSTERIES OF ZIGOMAR by Allan Ahlberg and A YEAR AND A DAY by William Mayne.


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Booklist Review

Ages 2-5. An adventurous chick travels the barnyard and becomes multilingual in this noisy, attractive offering. A repetitive, singsong rhyme describes how the chick goes to visit the other animals, and the text prefaces each stop with "What do you think they heard him say?" With the cows, the chick moos; with the pigs, he oinks; and so on, until he's speaking in a cacophony of barnyard noises by the time he reaches his mother. This doesn't have quite the charm and clever twists of Jules Feiffer's Bark, George (1999), but the silly farce and raucous noises will still delight toddlers, and Lawrence coaxes plenty of character from his boisterous, woodcut animal characters. Great for read-alouds. --Gillian Engberg


Publisher's Weekly Review

Lawrence's (The Mysteries of Zigomar) closely detailed, dynamic vinyl engravings lift this book well above the typical barnyard sound survey. With their bold outlines, burnished colors, rich textures and genial-looking characters, the illustrations pull readers into every spread. The eponymous hero has a gift for mimicry. Strutting around on gangly orange legs, he visits five groups of animals, collecting their distinctive sounds. "This little chick from over the way/ went to skip with the lambs one day," writes Lawrence in a characteristic spread, "And what do you think they heard him say?" On the next spread, the chick is shown leaping into the sky with his fleecy friends as his "Baa" resounds typographically (and repeatedly) through the air. Elsewhere, as the chick entertains a mother duck and her young with his quacking, the aquatic setting becomes a feast of geometric patterns. Sound may be the little chick's forte, but the real pleasure of this book lies in the author/artist's visual imagination. Ages 2-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-When little chick goes visiting, he chats with his animal friends by using their very own noises. He "oinks" to the piglets, "moos" to the calf, "quacks" to the ducklings, etc. as their bemused mothers look on. At the end of his busy day, the gregarious orange-legged chick returns to his nest with much to relate to his family in "cheeps" liberally interspersed with moos, quacks, and ribbits. Then, hen and chicks slumber (in blissful quiet) on the very last page. This traditional repetitive rhyme is wonderfully enhanced by the bold and vigorous vinyl engravings of wide-eyed and jaunty barnyard animals. A layout that encourages listeners to supply the appropriate sounds by asking, "And what do you think they heard him say?" insures enthusiastic audience participation. Lap-sitters and toddlers can try to spot the incidental mouse, crow, and butterfly; can identify each of the critters as they form a sprightly parade across a spread; and can recap little chick's entire day by following his multilingual monologue at the very end. Not since Rosie the Hen's circumambulation in Pat Hutchins's Rosie's Walk (Macmillan, 1968) has a trip around the barnyard been so a"moo"sing, so "ribbit"ing, and so exu"baa"rant.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.