Higgledy-Piggledy Chicks by Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Rick Chrustowski
Banty Hen lays seven beautiful brown eggs that hatch into seven chicks. Only a few days later, the chicks leave the safety of the nest to explore, but they don’t have any idea what is dangerous and what is safe. So Mama and the Auntie hens must keep a close eye on them. They encounter a cat, a snake, and a raccoon. Luckily, they have the shelter of Mama’s wings and the bravery of the Aunties to protect them throughout the day and into the night.
Joosse’s text is great fun to read aloud. While it doesn’t rhyme, it has a great cadence. The book is sprinkled with sounds too, so get ready to make plenty of chicken noises to warn the chicks. It would be great fun to have children at a storytime help Mama call to warn the chicks when they spot danger. Chrustowski’s collage art is perfect for using with a group. He uses bright colors and clear images. The various animals all have distinct personalities, including the winning chicks.
Recommended for your next chicken story time, this book will fit right in with the flock. It will also be a welcome addition to springtime units, no yolk. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from library copy.