A little chick's mother is called a hem/The chickens live in a chicken pen./She teaches them to use their feet/To scratch in...

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LITTLE CHICKS' MOTHERS AND ALL THE OTHERS

A little chick's mother is called a hem/The chickens live in a chicken pen./She teaches them to use their feet/To scratch in the dirt for worms to eat."" Similar ditties of two to four lines, each ditty allotted a double-page illustrated spread, introduce eight other paired, mother-baby names (""A little lamb's mother is called a ewe./She watches her babies the whole day through./Sometimes she has one and sometimes two"") in the context of an old-fashioned picture-book farm. The pictures are flat and stylized, in the manner of kitchen wallpaper, with bright warm colors but no life or charm to the animals. The same can be said of the rhymes; and though this sort of mother-baby lineup has its perennial appeal, the price takes this entry out of the obvious dime-store market.

Pub Date: May 23, 1983

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1983