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Big Fat Hen

by Keith Baker

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The book is a nice picture, The author is helping the children learn how to count from this book. The book is also tells the children where the chicks come from.
Age group 1-3
Tacoma public library
  quanhtran | May 16, 2014 |
The story is a simple elaboration on the song that inspired the book, with an extra large format and bright illustrations that add much to the story. Each large two-page spread presents a colorful illustration, with the text being a small portion of the song, Big Fat Hen. The hens are presented in saturated colors of green and blue and purple, with appealingly patterned feathers and playful personalities. As they run off after butterflies or worms, their eggs hatch and divulge cute chicks that explore their world. At the end of the story, the author adds a few more lines, grouping all the hens together and counting them, and then displaying a huge spread of eggs, and counting them as they hatch.

The song is popular with children, and picture books based on songs can be fun diversions. Such a book needs to add an extra element to the song to be successful, though. In this case, the extra element is the attractive package. The pictures are a wonderful addition. The hens are each unique personalities, and the chicks are adorable. The book only lightly touches on counting, but any practice in that area is both beneficial and enjoyable for children. This is still a simple book, but the clever illustrations draw children in, and the story presents a fun read aloud experience. ( )
  nmhale | Dec 7, 2013 |
A board book about how hens live, along to a popular children's song.

Source: Garnero Child Development Center
Age: Birth-2
  walkeracassidy | Nov 18, 2013 |
"Big Fat Hen" incorporates sequence counting with literature. A common trait of rhyming and beginner level text that make a good book for Kindergarden and 1st grade. Using the old folk song (one two buckle my...)gives young readers a famliar vibe. This also helps them when they are reading independantly. It also gives an insight of a hen and her chicks asnd other animals that children are familar with. ( )
  Tiff16Lyle | Sep 29, 2013 |
Simple classic nursery rhyme "one, two--buckle my shoe" told with saturated colors and a big fat hen. Great counting book that respects children's intelligence--for example, the one, two page has two eggs and one dragonfly, but doesn't label them "one dragonfly" or "two eggs". At the end, there is a lot of counting to do as well. Good conversation starter about different animals and vocabulary around them (and the word buckle). ( )
  ageoflibrarius | Jun 27, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152019510, Paperback)

One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, shut the door . . . . Nine, ten, big fat hen! Now young children can enjoy a popular nursery rhyme and learn to count, too. Keith Baker's delightful illustrations filled with eggs and chicks (and bugs) are sure to tickle little ones for hours of read-aloud fun.

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Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.

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