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The Easter chick
Elschner, Géraldine.
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Osterküken. English
Publication Information:
New York : North-South Books, 2004.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Hilda is worried when her beautiful egg does not hatch, until she hears a voice from inside asking when Easter will arrive and sets out to find the answer.
General Note:
"A Michael Nuegebauer book."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 77918.

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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday

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Hilda the hen fusses lovingly over her beautiful egg. But weeks go by and her baby still doesn't hatch. Then one day, a tiny voice coming from inside the egg asks, ""Mother, when is Easter?""Hilda doesn't know for sure. But Hilda's little chick wants to hatch on Easter Sunday, so Hilda makes it her mission to find the answer. A doting mother and her determined baby - with some advice from a wise owl - create an Easter dream come true in this delightful holiday story. Adding to the fun is an Easter bunny hunt, with rabbits hidden in many of the pictures for sharp-eyed youngsters to find.

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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Hilda the hen, fussing over her still unhatched egg, hears the chick inside announce that she wants to be an Easter chick. Though none of the barnyard critters are sure when Easter Sunday is coming, an owl promises to let her know. On the first day of spring, he hoots once. At the full moon, he hoots twice. And the following Saturday night, he hoots three times, signaling that the next morning will be Easter. The interplay between Hilda and her chick will keep children amused as they watch the moon grow full and absorb a bit of arcane information: Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon that comes after the first day of spring. The story, which has been translated from the German, reads aloud well, andunge's appealing, stylized artwork, mixing springlike colors with nighttime hues, interprets the tale with imagination and vivacity. Though young children may not even realize that Easter is a movable feast, the calendar explanation sits lightly within the framework of this entertaining picture book. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

A chick who refuses to leave her egg until Easter morning takes center stage in this informative holiday book from Switzerland. Hilda, the anxious mother hen, consults Max, an astute barnyard owl, to learn exactly when Easter will occur. Junge's light but often intricately textured illustrations endow the farm animals with comically shaped bodies and wide, expressive eyes. Several pages feature droll sidebar vignettes of the impatient chick inside her egg pacing, twiddling "thumbs" and tallying the days. Adding another whimsical twist are abstract rabbits hidden within the spreads (e.g., one faintly etched in the barn wall, another doing duty as the tip of a dandelion leaf, etc.). The sunny mood of the art compensates for the lengthiness of Hilda's quest as she scrambles back and forth between Max and her egg, mastering each step of a complicated formula: "Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon that comes after the first day of spring." Alluding to the religious aspect of Easter, one spread shows sheep lolling in pastureland backed by three crosses atop a distant hill. With art that offers comedy, hidden pictures, a little science (the phases of the moon) and the possibility of religious discussion, this book is definitely worth a good look. Ages 5-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Hilda the hen has laid an egg that is extremely slow to hatch. One day, she is surprised by a voice from within asking when Easter will be. It seems that the unhatched chick has heard others in the coop talking about "how lovely Easter is" and decides to emerge on that day. After conferring with Max the owl, Hilda follows his three-step instructions to assist her offspring in planning her birth date. The entertaining artwork reveals the mother hen's nonstop activities while also showing what the chick is doing inside her egg-pacing, twiddling her thumbs, etc. Through the course of the story, readers discover that "Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon that comes after the first day of spring." Though children may not be particularly interested in learning this bit of trivia, they will enjoy the scratchboard-and-oil illustrations. Young listeners will also appreciate the fact that the "baby" appears to be running this show.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.