Thursday, May 17, 2018
I Got A Chicken For My Birthday, written by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Sarah Horne. Carolrhoda Books, Lerner. Thomas Allen & Son. 2018. $23.99 ages 5 and up
is better than socks.
Or a knitted sweater.
I got a chicken for my
A chicken is an unexpected birthday gift from Abuela Lola. Ana was hoping for tickets to an amusement park. She may be disappointed, but she handles the situation with aplomb and good grace. Abuela might have gifted something even less attractive. Besides, she likes scrambled eggs!
The chicken is as unexpected as the gift itself. It has no time for chicken feed. Well, candy perhaps. It has no time for laying eggs. It does have an elongated list of needs. Kids will giggle when the list is read - 100 steel girders, 10,000 screws, 60,000 nails, an old lady who swallowed a fly, a hammer, a digger. That is only the beginning. Ana takes the list to heart when she sees her chicken has a plan.
The plan requires assistance from Ana's other pets: her dog has no time for a walk, her cat has no time to play, and her hamster is busy driving the excavator. The chicken recruits countless other animal friends and asks Ana for help as well. First, the chicken wants her to call Abuela Lola and ask her to pack her bags.
There's a bonus! The birthday gift results in a birthday visit from Ana's much loved grandmother. She arrives in time to see the chicken's plan come to fruition. What a plan it is!
Mixed media artwork is as playful as the text is pragmatic. Bold color, clever details, and full out action will have kids giggling at every turn. Be sure to take the time to read the chicken's entire list!