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Three Hens and a Peacock
by Lester L. Laminack and Henry Cole


Overview - When life on the Tucker farm is disrupted by the arrival of a peacock, whose shrieking and strutting bring many welcome visitors, the hens complain that they are doing all of the work until the hound suggests a trade.  Read more...

 
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More About Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack; Henry Cole
 
 
 
Overview
When life on the Tucker farm is disrupted by the arrival of a peacock, whose shrieking and strutting bring many welcome visitors, the hens complain that they are doing all of the work until the hound suggests a trade.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781561455645
  • ISBN-10: 1561455644
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • Publish Date: March 2011
  • Page Count: 1
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Farm Animals

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-01-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

What might have been an ordinary be-yourself story is enhanced by Laminack's (Snow Day!) surprisingly thoughtful storytelling. Three hens on the Tuckers' farm are sick with envy when a peacock shows up and attracts the attention of passersby, drawing customers and electrifying the farm's roadside stand business. Laminack characterizes the hens with a fine ear for their Golden Girls outrage; they sound quite human. "We do all the work around here," fumes one. "I'd like to see that peacock lay one single egg." "Exactly," agrees another. "He just struts around screaming." The hens trade places with the peacock, dressing up in beads and ribbons and trying to attract customers—with predictable results. The warmth of the story is a bit overshadowed by the goggle eyes of Cole's (One Pup's Up) barnyard characters; the illustrations go for big guffaws and slapstick instead, and largely succeed. The final spreads—which suggest further complications with the arrival of an ostrich—add a final touch of humor, effectively keeping the book from feeling message-heavy. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)

 
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