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Three Hens and a Peacock

by Lester L. Laminack

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Three Hens and a Peacock is is wonderful book of illustrations/pictures. BUT, it is so much more about how we see ourselves others and the society we live in.
Three hens (female) try to bring visitors to the farm so the farmer can sell the eggs. A peacock (male) is dropped off and thus is the marketing tool for farmer to lead people to farm. There exists a hierarchy evolving. The chickens also want to be marketing tool for the farm, and the dog sees opportunity to change things. Question would be "Why?", does the dog see something to keep chickens as only "laborers".

Gender, Social Class, Supply and Demand, Race, Power are all great points to speak about with students. And allow them also to make predictions about books. ( )
  Adrian.Gaytan | Feb 9, 2015 |
Three Hens and a Peacock is a silly and well written story about three hens who are not accepting of a peacock. The lesson in the story is that everyone is important and good at something, and others should not be looked down upon because they are different.
  adates12 | Dec 17, 2014 |
Three Hens and a Peacock was such a cute story. I really enjoyed the characters. I thought they were fun and believable. For example, "The cows and the hens and the old hound kept right on doing what they'd always done. But that peacock had never lived on a farm. He had no idea what to do." I really enjoyed this quote because in the illustration the peacock is running around looking confused while everyone else is doing their job. I thought this was a great example of something believable that would actually happen in real life. I also really enjoyed the illustrations. They were very colorful and accurate. They made the story flow. I think the big idea in this story is to not be jealous of other people. The hens were jealous that the peacock didn't have to do anything around the farm except for sit by the road and attract customers. But when the hens try it out, they realize that they can't do it as well as the peacock could. ( )
  ckenne17 | Sep 30, 2014 |
I am getting to be a bigger fan of Henry Cole's illustrations--here, the chickens in their fancy beads and the dog's smile at the readers on the last page were my favorites. No surprises in the story, but I do like how everyone is willing to admit they were wrong. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
Love the moral of accepting a new, different person (or thing) into your life. Great concept book for kids. ( )
  lnmeadows | Nov 20, 2013 |
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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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