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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this book was selected as a 2011 Caldecott Medal Honor book for its "exuberant artwork" that "shifts media and style," according to the Caldecott Award committee. Parents can use this book to remind their kids not to interrupt -- or just laugh with them at the little red chicken's bedtime antics.
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What's the story?
A little chicken keeps interrupting her father as he tries to read her bedtime stories. She literally jumps into each of the three stories -- Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Chicken Little -- and warns the characters of the evils to come. In the end, she tells him a story, only to have him fall asleep on her.
Is it any good?
It's a challenge to tell a funny book about bedtime, but young readers will definitely laugh as they hear about how the little chicken keeps interrupting her dad as he reads to her. The drawings, done in brightly colored watercolor, crayon, pen, and ink, bring the chicken's bedtime antics to life as she jumps on her bed, runs around her room, and does everything except sleep. The sweet ending of the story will warm parents' and kids' hearts alike.
The funny, brightly-colored illustrations, done with watercolor, water-soluble crayon, pen and ink, bring the chicken's antics to life.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the benefits of reading during bedtime. What are your favorite bedtime books? Why is reading before bedtime a good activity?
Why did the little red chicken interrupt her father so many times as he was telling stories? Why is it a good idea not to interrupt others when they talk or tell stories?
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