SILLY CHICKEN by Rukhsana Khan

SILLY CHICKEN

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this classic tale of jealousy (or sibling rivalry), Rani, a young Pakistani girl, resents the attention her mother lavishes on a silly chicken who doesn’t even know how to lay an egg. When her mother isn’t looking, Rani whispers, “I’d like to cook you up and eat you!” Then one day during the heat of summer, after the hen has finally laid an egg, she disappears. They find dog tracks and feathers in the yard, and the mother is inconsolable. Suspense precedes a happy ending as Rani bravely opens a cupboard to investigate a mysterious noise that comes from within. Ah! Rani comes to love the fluffy chick so much that her mother accuses her of loving the chicken more than her, bringing the story full circle. Joyful, childlike illustrations in bold colors perfectly capture the silly chicken, the mother and child and the rural setting. The emotions ring true, the language is conversational and spare and the pacing just right—a perfect read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-670-05912-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2005




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