This is the cutest book written by Lester L. Laminack. The story begins with a quiet day on the farm, until a strange box falls out of the back of a truck. A beautiful bird, with strange feathers, comes out of the box and struts to the farmers stand. Cars being stopping and taking pictures, and the farmer gets more business than ever. Back at the farm, the hens have became upset because they think they are performing all the work on the farm and the peacock gets to have all the fun. The four birds swap roles after guidance from the old hound, and at first it seems marvelous. To find out the fate of the birds, you will have to read the rest. At the end of this story, another mysterious box falls from the truck but no one knows what's inside. This would be a great writing activity for the class because they could make inferences about what was in the box and predict what would happen next on the farm. Another activity could be to compare and contrast this story to the "Three Little Pigs" by using a vinn-diagram. This text is a 3.3 on the Accelerated Reader scale.
To start off with, I believe this book is great to use with kindergarten up to sixth grade. As for how I would use this book, there are two different ways. The first way I would use this book is a compare and contrast with another version of The Three Little Pigs with second to sixth graders. The second way I would use it, which I like a little better, is to discuss the subject of how everything is not how it appears to be with kindergarten and first graders. In other words, while we think that one person has it easier than us, in actuality they actually have it just as hard or harder. Then I would have the students turn and discuss one instance where they thought one thing and it turned out to be totally different with their partner.
Why do apples fall? Pip, Midge, and Dot, three hens, set out to see just what is making apples fall from the tree. They think the very worst and are fearful of what might be waiting for them at the top of the tree. They get their friend Rooster Sam to come help them, but turns out he is just afraid! With much perseverance and bravery, the hens manage to get to the top of the tree and discover that the apples are falling on their own. Because of the friends courage, they enjoy being perched at the top of the tree with a view they had never before seen. Students in the primary grades will laugh all the way through this humorous story. It is a great story that teaches students to overcome fears, follow curiosity, while teaching kids a little science behind apples. This is a great fictional book to read to the students at the beginning of a unit on apples. The teacher can also add a fun taste testing lesson on all the many different apples and even incorporate some math graphs and tallying skills.