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)
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!