Thursday, March 8, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday :-)

This week I'm doing a shout out to a NC writer. (Since I live here.) Uh, yeah.

Three Hens and a Peacock A 2012 Children's Choice Book Award Finalist. Yay!

Written by LESTER L. LAMINACK illustrated by Henry Cole    

Peachtree Publishers (March 1, 2011) 

Suitable For:                                    

Ages 5 and up



Wanting what others have, everyone has a job to do and every job is important.




Things were quiet on the Tuckers' farm.

The cows chewed their cud.

The hens clucked and pecked

and laid their eggs.

The old hound stretched out on the porch, watching and listening.

Once in a while someone would stop to buy tomatoes or corn,

perhaps a quart of milk.

Nothing unusual happens there.


that peacock showed up.

Synopsis: (From Amazon)

Nothing unusual ever happened on the Tuckers farm. Until the day that peacock showed up...

When a glamorous visitor lands unexpectedly in their midst and begins attracting customers, three hardworking hens protest:

How come we do all the hard work and he gets all the attention?

To keep the peace, the wise old hound dog suggests a swap. The hens and the peacock soon find out that others jobs aren t always as easy as they seem.

What will happen when three gussied-up hens spend the day prancing and parading at passing cars? And will that peacock ever figure out how to lay an egg?

Why I loved it:

This book is absolutely charming. It will inspire thoughtful discussions because it teaches that every single job is important. Kids can have fun and learn important lessons while reading this book. The illustrations are funny and facial expressions in the animals hilarious. But it is for ages five and up. You simply MUST read this book! You must, I say!

Resource linkage:

Great peacock folded fan and links to other resources: Brimful Curiosities

Head over to my pal Susanna Leonard Hill's house to see more favorite picture books that I know you will love to read. 


Happy weekend! *waving*




  1. Once again, it sounds like you've introduced me to another winner! Thanks amigo! :)

  2. Oh, it sounds super! Going on my TBP list...

  3. I read that recently, it's fab! Great minds think alike lol. Have a super weekend Robyn!

  4. This book sounds like a great book! I like how it shows that everyone has a job to do and it is important. I'll check it out! :)

  5. I like the message. One day while on a playground with our son, we overheard two older girls wanting to pretend play. One mentioned being a farmer and the other girl said "farmers are dumb." I guess she thinks food is grown at the grocery store. Love the peacock. Have a great North Carolina day!

  6. Looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the wonderful review!

  7. Love the cover! This is added to my library list. Sounds wonderful.

  8. Another charming book. Thanks Robyn :)

  9. This sounds, humorous, colorful and inspiring. Thank you.

  10. Robyn, a wondeful selection. Sounds very funny and has a nice message for kids. Love peacocks! Great review!

  11. sounds delightful. will have to check this one out.

  12. Aw...great spotlight! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Peacocks are such beautiful creatures, and my kids are fascinated by them. This one sounds like a winner!

  14. This sounds like a fun story - I can just imagine those chickens strutting around the farm! Thanks :)

  15. Just from the cover illo alone, I'm hooked. After reading your review, I have to find find this book! It sounds like a fun read. Thanks for adding it the list!

    *waves back*

  16. Sounds beautiful. We look forward to reading it!

  17. Hi Robyn!
    I always thought that girl peacocks should have been cuter...

    Fun post!!!

  18. Love this review and can imagine what the hens get up Sounds very funny, great for kids and a great message in their. Thanks Robyn.

  19. Love the idea of the peacock and the hens trading places. People are like that also...the grass always seems greener on the other side, but when we get there, we realize that it is not.
    I will check out the site with the paper fan...sounds wonderful!
    Went to Nutschell's blog and read your interview...gotta love Black Beauty...I didn't know it was written to improve the care of horses.

  20. This book sounds like a LOT of fun! I will have to add it to my 47 mile long list for the library :) Thanks so much for sharing this one, Robyn!

  21. I love Henry Cole's illustrations! I'm in NC, too! You going to SCBWI in September?

  22. Hi Robyn .. sounds just wonderful - I'd love to read it - let alone any kids! Cheers Hilary

  23. Former Children's Librarian here. What a clever idea. Visiting from A-Z Challenge. Looking forward to see your input.

  24. I love peacocks! Working with the "grass is greener" theme, I imagine this would be a great book for kids, and perhaps adults too. Like me when I'm folding laundry- again. Great choice.
    A2ZMommy and What’s In Between

  25. This sounds like a fantastic book. I'm picturing the peacock and gussied up hens.

    Have a wonderful week.

  26. Thanks for this recommendation Robyn!!

  27. This sounds like a fun book! I'll have to look it up and give it a read. Hey, I just checked my critique group on CBI and it seems we are in the same group!

  28. Thanks for sharing about this. It looks cute and seems to be one my grandkids would like!

  29. Sounds like a delightful read. Thanks for introducing this book to us.

    You have won the Kreatif and Sunshine awards. Please go to
    to pick them up.

  30. Sounds like you've found another winner here. I love the theme, and the cover illustration is great!


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