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Three Hens and a Peacock
Contributor(s): Laminack, Lester L., Cole, Henry (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1561455644     ISBN-13: 9781561455645
Publisher: Peachtree Pub Ltd
    OUR PRICE: $14.36  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: March 2011
Annotation: When life on the Tucker farm is disrupted by the arrival of a peacock, whose shrieking and strutting bring many welcome visitors, the hens complain that they are doing all of the work until the hound suggests a trade.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Farm life; Fiction.
Contentment; Fiction.
Peacocks; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Farm Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2010031989
Lexile Measure: 590
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.75" W x 0.75" (0.95 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 148103
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q52886
Reading Level: 2.3   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Lester L. Laminack is a specialist in children's literacy and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. Laminack has written numerous books and articles for educators and is a familiar speaker at professional meetings and reading associations nationwide. He lives in North Carolina.

Henry Cole is the illustrator of more than forty books for children, including bestsellers such as THE LEPRECHAUN'S GOLD, LITTLE BO, AND TANGO MAKES THREE, and OINK!, in addition to many of his own books, such as A NEST FOR CELESTE and JACK'S GARDEN. He lives in Florida.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
The hens throw a fit about the farm's preening newcomer: "That lazy peacock gets all the attention and we do all the work!" When Dog suggests the hens try being the flashy ones, they (and the peacock) all end up with a greater appreciation for one other. Cole's illustrations depicting the deluded hens in their farm finery rule the roost. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 January #4)

What might have been an ordinary be-yourself story is enhanced by Laminack's (Snow Day!) surprisingly thoughtful storytelling. Three hens on the Tuckers' farm are sick with envy when a peacock shows up and attracts the attention of passersby, drawing customers and electrifying the farm's roadside stand business. Laminack characterizes the hens with a fine ear for their Golden Girls outrage; they sound quite human. "We do all the work around here," fumes one. "I'd like to see that peacock lay one single egg." "Exactly," agrees another. "He just struts around screaming." The hens trade places with the peacock, dressing up in beads and ribbons and trying to attract customers—with predictable results. The warmth of the story is a bit overshadowed by the goggle eyes of Cole's (One Pup's Up) barnyard characters; the illustrations go for big guffaws and slapstick instead, and largely succeed. The final spreads—which suggest further complications with the arrival of an ostrich—add a final touch of humor, effectively keeping the book from feeling message-heavy. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 April)

K-Gr 3—On a beautiful summer day, a crate falls off a truck, and out pops a colorful peacock that wanders down the road and changes life on the Tuckers' farm. His fancy feathers draw the attention of passers-by, who now stop to buy eggs, corn, and tomatoes. Jealousy and drama erupt in the henhouse, so the hound strikes a deal between the feuding birds to switch jobs. While the peacock unsuccessfully attempts to lay eggs, the hens strut their stuff roadside, and go unnoticed. Once they return to what they do best, all seems quiet, until another crate falls off a truck by the Tuckers' farm and a new surprise arrives, which will create lots of guessing and discussion among children. Cole's engaging illustrations in watercolor, ink, and colored pencils are bold and humorous and explode with color. The three hens and peacock express their confusion, anger, and shock with popping eyes, pointy beaks out of joint, and plenty of wing flapping. Endpages are decorated with a delicate peacock feather motif. The huffy hens dressed in jewelry and hair ribbons as they try to attract attention are sure to evoke giggles at storytime or in a one-on-one setting. But the ending will amp up the interest and excitement as the crate with a little clue breaks open. A delightful choice for schools and public libraries.—Anne Beier, Clifton Public Library, NJ

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