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text 2017-03-29 15:41
Peacock ruffles feathers in "Three Hens and a Peacock"
Three Hens and a Peacock - Lester Laminack,Henry Cole

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. 

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review 2016-11-10 23:45
Three Hens and a Peacock
Three Hens and a Peacock - Lester Laminack,Henry Cole

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. 

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review 2016-10-01 17:21
The Loopy Coop Hens: Letting Go by Janet Morgan Stoeke
The Loopy Coop Hens: Letting Go - Janet Morgan Stoeke

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.

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review 2016-06-02 00:00
Three French Hens
Three French Hens - Lynsay Sands For those of us who read a lot of Ms Sand's books but may shy away from anthologies for fear that we will not like all the authors in them, this is the perfect alternate. "Three French Hens" was previously publish in the anthologies "Five Gold Rings" and "A Historical Christmas Present", so you can make sure you don't have those before you purchase this novella.

This was an entirely very sweet story of two young women one a scullery maid and the other a high born lady who switch identities during the Christmas season. The reason for this is that Lady Joan wants to get out of a pre-arranged marriage, and Brinna the scullery maid needs some coin to help her elderly friend Aggie retire.

Unfortunately or fortunately it depends on how you look at it, the ruse worked all too well and Brinna ends up falling for Lady Joan's betrothed Royce of Thurleah.

I had wondered how Ms Sands was going to dig her way out of this plot predicament, but I shouldn't have feared. Ms Sands did it and fairly well too. It may seem that the ploy is a little trite, but this is a Christmas novella and at this time of the year predictable, sweet and romantic is just what we all need to get through the holiday's.
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review 2013-05-15 00:00
Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbi
Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur - Sy Montgomery I loved reading this book, which is a well balanced blend of science and up close personal adventures with birds. Years of experience with birds went into the writing. Besides raising her own brood of personality filled chickens, Sy pursued the giant, dinosaur-like cassowary in an Australian jungle, helped rescue a baby hummingbird the size and weight of an air bubble, partnered with a hawk trained to hunt with humans, kept vigil as homing pigeons raced back to their loft, danced with Snowball the YouTube sensation cockatiel, witnessed thousands of crows roost together in one very overwhelmed small town, and talked with loquacious parrots and the language researcher who trained them and worked with the renowned parrot Alex. Birdology gave me a fascinating glimpse into what we can know about the hearts and minds of a species with surprising amounts of individuality, social awareness, and intelligence.
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