Put It on the List!

Put It on the List by Kristen Darbyshire

Though they are supposed to put things on the shopping list, everyone in the family forgets.  So the chicken family runs out of a lot of things and other times have to get creative.  Pancakes but no syrup means that ketchup may just be the solution!  But when the family runs out of diapers, band-aids, and toilet paper, that’s enough.  So they hold a family meeting and come up with a new plan to really use the list and to help with the shopping.  And the final golden rule, that in an emergency they order pizza!

Every family has faced this sort of disorganization, frantic runs to the store and the attempts to be creative when feeding a family.  The chicken family face it all with a quirkiness and silliness that make the book really work.  Darbyshire’s illustrations and words are simple but immensely fun. 

The round-headed chicken family will capture children’s attention and the giggles will keep them listening.  Appropriate for ages 3-6.

Tillie Lays an Egg

Tillie Lays an Egg by Terry Golson, photographs by Ben Fink.

Tillie is a hen who doesn’t lay her eggs in the nesting boxes provided for the hens.  The other hens nicely take turns laying their eggs and then head outside.  Tillie doesn’t wait for her turn, but instead finds interesting spots to lay her eggs.  She wants to eat worms, so an egg is laid in the dirt.  Then she ventures onto the farmhouse porch and from there into the house, each day exploring more and laying her egg in a different spot.

Vivid photography makes this book special.  From the shots of the hens in their house to the quizzical close-ups of their faces, the photos are crisp, clear and vibrant.  The photos also have a timelessness that really works with the farm tale.  Additionally, children will enjoy trying to spot Tillie’s eggs in each setting.  Golson captures a sense of lightness and fun in her brief text that reads aloud very well. 

The combination of a silly chicken and missing eggs is made modern and interesting by using photographs rather than illustrations.  Great fun for the youngest readers, this book is appropriate for ages 2-5.