By: Jez Alborough
Publication Date: February 2013
Reviewed by: Holly Connors
Review Date: January 25, 2012
It’s a beautiful day on the farm and five little chicks are playing in the farmyard. One likes to “cheep cheep cheep,” one enjoys flapping about, and one even kicks a small stick. Meanwhile, Hen is inside the chicken coop, laying on one last, lone egg. When will it hatch?
While the chicks are enjoying the sunshine, poor Hen is a bit frantic. She needs to stay inside to keep her egg protected, but how can she do that and watch her babies outside? When Owl comes to warn her about the fox, Hen knows her chicks are in danger:
Then came Owl with a SWOOP SWOOP SWOOP as he flapped around the back of the chicken coop. “To-wit To-woo, watch out!” cried Owl. “The big bad fox is on the prowl.”
In a panic, Hen runs out to find her chicks. What she sees are five little chicks, still happily playing, and no fox in sight. Goose is the next to warn Hen, but still no fox. When a strange voice warns that the fox is nearby, it’s just too much for Hen! She sends her chicks inside the coop while she goes to investigate. And that’s when the sneaky fox strikes! Will he be successful or will five clever little chicks outwit him?
Six Little Chicks is an absolutely adorable, fun, lively tale about five very witty little chicks and one over-confident fox. While some rhythmic stories come across as forced, this one flows perfectly and children are sure to want to read it aloud. The illustrations, done by the author, match the story completely (some of Hen’s expressions are priceless). There’s a reason Alborough’s children’s books have sold in the millions – check out Six Little Chicks and you’ll understand why.
Quill says: A delightful, read-aloud tale, perfect for the classroom or as a bedtime story. Don’t miss it!