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WHERE ARE MY CHICKS? by Sally Grindley


by Sally Grindley & illustrated by Jill Newton

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-8037-2497-7
Publisher: Putnam

A case of missing chicks turns into an exuberant romp for young readers as barnyard animals help a mom find her wayward offspring. When Mother Hen sounds the alarm for her lost babies, the whole farmyard turns out to search. Everyone, that is, save Mother Goose. Beak high in the air, the supercilious fowl scolds Mother Hen for not taking good care of her little ones. One by one the chicks are found, with the owl calling out a running tally. Grindley infuses humor into the story by providing a comic twist at the conclusion: Mother Hen is surprised to discover the number of her chicks has doubled from four to eight. Observant readers will quickly determine the identity of the mystery babies, and Mother Hen gets the last cackle—returning the quartet of goslings to the chagrined Mother Goose. Newton’s illustrations feature familiar farm animals in an idyllic pastoral setting. Art and text work in tandem to convey the concept of numbers. As each chick is found, the owl holds out the appropriate number of wing feathers. Readers can then seek out the corresponding number of chicks cleverly scattered throughout each spread. The double-paged, full-bleed spreads are so vibrantly colored that they could be seen from across a room, making this a great group read-aloud. (Picture book. 1-3)