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PCL-jacket frontPrairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins and Illustrated by Henry Cole
Published by Peachtree Publishers
Pages: 32
Ages: 4-8
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | ISBN: 9781561456949
Publishers Summary:

When Mary McBlicken the prairie chicken hears a rumblin’ and a grumblin’, she sets off to warn her friends in this prairie-style twist on Chicken Little.
Mary McBlicken is sure a stampede’s a comin’! She hurries to the ranch, gathering up her friends-a prairie dog, a jack rabbit, and a meadowlark-along the way. Before the fine feathered and furry folks get to their destination, they encounter a coyote who says he knows a shortcut. Should they trust him? Will they find Cowboy Stan and Red Dog Dan in time? And where is that rumbling coming from anyway?

turkeyclimbingTurkeybird’s Tummy is Rumbling: Ahhhh!!! Run for the hills! Run run run! This is the most silliest chicken I’ve ever seen. He runs and runs and finally figures out his tummy is super hungry. How silly!

My tummy gets rumbly and even sloshy if I drink too much milk when my tummy is empty. It’s pretty funny if I jump up and down because you can hear it.

I really like this book! The chicken is silly and he has lots of good friends that help him get safe.

Mom’s Two Cents: Mary McBlicken is your ordinary every day prairie chicken. She wakes up every day and does her best to find food and spend time with her friends. When one day she wakes to a loud rumbling Mary is certain a stampede is coming and that she must save her friends. After a few close calls and even a wolf trying to make her his dinner Mary finally discovers the true source of the rumbling on the prairie, herself.

Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins is simply a delight to read aloud to little kiddos. It’s nod to The Boy Who Cried Wolf is not missed and the twist at the end with the wolf making a appearance is hilarious, especially when watching the reactions of young readers. Add in the fantastic illustrations and unique styling of Henry Cole and this is the perfect book for excitable young readers.

Within the pages of Prairie Chicken Little many lessons can be learned, but perhaps the most important for little ones is that of the importance of friendship. The fact that, despite misunderstanding the source of the rumbling, Mary seeks out her friends first before saving herself is an important lesson to teach and remember as readers. Reading along as each friend trusts Mary implicitly shows their trust and concern for one another. And even by the end of the story Mary’s friends still stick by her and help her regardless of being lead astray. It’s a wonderful message and one I’m excited to continue to share.

Mary McBlicken may be a bit naive when it comes to matters of her stomach, but when it comes to friendship she never goes wrong. Within the pages of Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins readers learn more about this courageous chicken and her love for her friends as well as their love in return. This is a book about friendship, but also one that will have young readers squawking right along with Mary and her often silly antics.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 to 7. A hilarious book about friendship that begs to be read aloud to young readers.

Find Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins and Illustrated by Henry Cole at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | ISBN: 9781561456949 | Goodreads

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5 Responses to Book Review: Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins

  1. carol says:

    Sounds too cute. I have a niece who just might love it.

  2. PragmaticMom says:

    I love Henry Cole’s illustrations!

  3. Rebecca says:

    We HAVE to order this for my library! It will be perfect for when we celebrate Kansas Day! One of my coworkers is a devout Kansan and also does storytime (actually, she’s been hosting storytimes for 20 years now) is going to flip when I show her this post. Thanks so much, Danielle and Turkeybird! Looking forward to reading!

  4. Gina says:

    Yay! So glad you and yours enjoyed this one too. Definitely a treat but another element is added when you give it the read aloud treatment. Great review guys…happy reading!

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