Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Big Chick

Chicken BigTitle: Chicken Big     
Author: Keith Graves 
Illustrator: Keith Graves
Publisher: Chronicle Books 
Publication Date: 2010 
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book 
Summary: When a super-sized chicken is hatched, the coop residents aren't sure what to think!  Will Chicken Big find a place where he fits in? 
What I Think: Silly chickens are just funny!  I like it when characters are just silly enough that they're funny without being annoying.  The chickens in this book are just the perfect amount of silly for me.  This book would be great to use when talking about comparative and superlative adjectives.  The book uses the three characters repeatedly which lends a rhythm to the book while also making it reflect the element of three that is found so often in fairy tales and other folk literature.  
Read Together: Pre-K - 6 
Read Alone: 1 - 3 
Read With: One by Kathryn Otoshi, Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino, Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss, Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison 
Snatch of Text:  
"'It's big!' clucked the small chicken.
'It's enormous!' clucked the smaller chicken.
'It's an elephant!' peeped the smallest chicken.
(She was not the smartest beak in the flock.)"
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Inferences, Making Connections 
Writing Strategies to Practice: Personal Narrative 
Writing Prompts: Write about a time in your life when you didn't fit in or your felt left out.
Topics Covered: Farm, Differences, Fitting In, Friendship 
Translated to Spanish: No

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