CORIANDER THE CONTRARY HEN by Dori Chaconas

CORIANDER THE CONTRARY HEN

Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A hardheaded hen plumps down in the middle of the road and brings traffic to a screeching halt in this rhythmic rural ruckus. Thoroughly used to doing just what she’s told not to, Coriander settles in on a pile of grass with a “Coop and Garden” magazine—which, in the cartoon illustrations, is joined by a dish of candy, an umbrella, sunscreen, a radio and other leisure gear as the tale goes on—and despite plenty of scolding, refuses to give way as trucks, cars and even a school bus pile up. Featuring as a crowd-pleasing refrain variations on “With a ruffle of her feathers / and a sharp look in her eye, / Coriander cackled a discourteous reply, / CLUCK CLUCK TRUCK!,” Chaconas’ text is paired to hilarious views of a small hen with a big red comb and an even bigger attitude. Ultimately persuaded by a bit of reverse psychology from a canny lass (“Do NOT get out of the road”), Coriander finally swaggers back to the henhouse to roust out its occupants and construct a cushy new nest. Admirers of Anita Jeram’s Contrary Mary (1995) will find Coriander an even tougher bird. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-57505-749-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2007




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