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Five little chicks

Scrambling about the farm for breakfast, five little chicks find an array of strange snacks along their adventure, but Mama Hen knows what is best for them and so finally leads her family back to where they belong, in a simple counting tale with full-color illustrations and rhyming verse. - (Baker & Taylor)

Five chicks and their mother peck in the corn patch in search of breakfast. - (Baker & Taylor)

This little chick
went to the garden.
This little chick
found a worm.
This little chick
eyed a berry.
And this little chick
gave a squirm!

With counting, fun, and vibrant illustrations, acclaimed storyteller Nancy Tafuri brings the farmyard to life. Mamas and little ones everywhere will cherish all the special moments of these little chicks for years to come. - (Simon and Schuster)

Author Biography

Nancy Tafuri is the much-loved creator of more than thirty books for young children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Have You Seen My Duckling? and I Love You, Little One. She lives with her husband and daughter in Roxbury, Connecticut. - (Simon and Schuster)

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Five Little Chicks

By Nancy Tafuri

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Copyright © 2006 Nancy Tafuri
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-689-87342-3

Chapter One


Said the first little chick,

"Peep! What can I eat?"

And with a little squirm, spied a fat, wiggly worm.


Said the third little chick,

"Peep! What can I eat?"

And with a little sight, saw a fuzzy butterfly.


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Booklist Reviews

PreS. The illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book Have You See My Ducklings? (1984) returns to the farmyard in this cozy picture book about a big mother hen and her five newly hatched chicks. Using the simplest words about sound and movement, she describes the chicks' search for food ("Peep! What can we eat?"), as each chick in turn spies a fat wiggly worm, a spotted crawly bug, a fuzzy butterfly, a red strawberry, a swimming trout--until wise Mama Hen finally shows them how to run to the corn patch and scratch, scratch, scratch, and peck. Created with brush pen, watercolor pencils, and ink, the gorgeous double-page spreads, in warm shades of red, yellow, and brown, manage to be both clear and fuzzy, simple and rich--from the opening illustration picturing the hatchlings to the final view of the chicks in Mama's encircling embrace, when "It's time to snuggle and cuddle and sleep." A good choice to pair with Margaret Wise Brown's classic, Good Night Moon.((Reviewed December 15, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews

Mama Hen knows best. When her five newborn chicks are hungry, they eye delicacies too big for their diminutive stomachs. The first fluffy yellow chick "with a little squirm,/ spied a fat wiggly worm." The fifth chick, "with a little pout,/ saw a long shiny trout." But the hen, a striking matriarch with burnished orange feathers and a bright red hood and wattle, firmly steers her brood's attention to the corn patch, where they can "scratch, scratch, scratch" until the sun goes down. "Let's not make a peep!" admonishes Mama Hen as her chicks tuck under her feathery girth after a hard day's pecking. "It's time to snuggle and cuddle and sleep." This simple little story proves once again why Tafuri (I Love You, Little One ) is a favorite with youngsters. Her full-bleed spreads exude a sense of artistic generosity: the tiny details within the large inviting shapes, and her sunny colors invite children to savor the action. Big, bold typography, a simple text and the incorporation of the word "Peep" into the pictures may even encourage nascent readers to pick out a word or two. Ages 2-5. (Feb.)

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School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1 -As day breaks, five newly hatched and hungry chicks run around the farmyard looking for something to eat. Each one finds a possible meal-a worm, a ladybug, a strawberry, a butterfly, a trout-but none is just right until wise Mama Hen leads her hatchlings to the corn patch where they learn to "scratch, scratch, scratch, scratch, scratch." Told rhythmically and partially in rhyme, this simple story ends with the babes cuddling up near their mama as the moon comes up. Done in brush pen, watercolor pencils, and ink, Tafuri’s endearing illustrations sweep across the pages, presenting an intensely close-up view of the chicks and the action. Though the tale is slight, the youngest listeners will delight in the art featuring almost life-size fowl, and beginning readers will find the text easy to manage.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha’s Public Library, WI

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