Big Chickens

Yes, I like chickens.  I used to feed them and gather the eggs when I was a child.  So when these three sister chickens overcome their chicken-y nature by giving the wolf what he deserves, I cheered.  You see, I also grew up with sisters who sometimes muddled through problems in much the same way as Leslie Helakoski’s chickens.

This book is full of alliteration, fun vocabulary and text that is perfect for DRA, Directed Reading Activity, during which the teacher stops at various points in the story and asks for the children to predict what will happen next.  The teacher can either gather responses orally or write them down.  Remember, a prediction is never wrong or belittled, otherwise your little learners may turn into little chickens when asked their opinion.

There is a social studies component in the fear the chickens voice throughout the story.  A comparison between the two meanings of chicken, the animal versus the coward, is implied in the title and obvious in the text.  These chickens are chickens, until the end.

Watch a great book trailer for this series at


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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