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Interrupting Chicken

30 Jul


Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein (2010)

Papa only agrees to read Little Chicken a story if he doesn’t interrupt. But that seems impossible, with every story Papa reads, Little Chicken interrupts at a critical point. Just as Hansel and Gretel are about to go into the house, Little Chicken interrupts ‘Don’t go in! She’s a witch!’ Just as Little Red Riding Hood was about to answer the wolf, Little Chicken interrupts, ‘Don’t talk to strangers!’ And just as Chicken Little was about to warn everyone that the sky is falling, Little Chicken interrupts, ‘Don’t panic! It was just an acorn.’ Papa gives up trying to read a story to Little Chicken and he lays down in bed instead. So Little Chicken tells his own bedtime story to Papa, but just as Little Chicken begins his story Papa interrupts with snores! Good-night, Papa. And they both go to sleep.

David Ezra Stein tells an all too familiar scenario about a parent who is more tired than the child at bedtime. The text is playful and familiar, perfect for preschoolers. And the print changes as the story unfolds and Little Chicken interrupts the classic fairy tales. The illustrations won the Caldecott Honor Award for 2011. Besides featuring Papa and Little Chicken, the illustrations show the books Papa is reading in a traditional book format and the interruptions given by Little Chicken in childlike printing inserted on each storybook.

I love the humor and surprising twist in this story. Parents everywhere can relate to the frustrations Papa has in trying to get Little Chicken to bed, and children will be delighted with the interrupting chicken and his need to put Papa to bed.

By Mouse and Frog

20 May


By Mouse and Frog written and illustrated by Deborah Freedman (2015)

Along the lines of Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein, the reading of this story will result in explosive giggles! Mouse wakes up early to write his story. But Frog has ideas of his own… lots of them, outrageous ideas, which do not please Mouse at all. Frog realizes that he is taking over Mouse’s story and agrees to play a quiet role, but that’s just not his style. Eventually, Mouse agrees to let Frog have a bigger part in the story and both friends end up creating something they can both be happy about. Although they do wonder who Deborah Freedman is!


Is compromise hard for your child? It is for many children, especially toddlers. But as you know, as soon as toddlers learn the fine art of negotiation, no decision will ever be easy again!

Have some fun with Mouse and Frog. They do know a thing or two about compromise.

There’s no doubt about it, I like goggly eyes! And I like to see kids reach a solution which is good for everyone. You might want to be on the ‘look-out’ for these situations in your home and reward the kids with a treat.

I like what I see!emergency_googly_eyes_3th

September 8 – Pardon Day

3 Sep

Happy Pardon Day!

Everyone makes mistakes and has reason to ask for forgiveness, or using ‘pardon me’ in polite conversation when interrupting or asking a personal question. These picture books help children see the use of the phrase ‘pardon me’.


Foolish Rabbit’s Big Mistake  written by Rafe Martin and illustrated by Ed Young (1985)

This story passed down for hundreds of years, is similar to the more recent Chicken Little or Henny Penny stories. It is a story of a foolish rabbit who hears a crash and believes the earth is breaking up. His fear spreads to two more rabbits, two bears, an elephant, and a snake. Finally the running animals wake a mighty lion who makes them face their fears. They return to where the Rabbit heard the first crash and see that it was only an apple falling from a tree that the Rabbit mistook for the breaking of the earth.


Pardon Me! written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares (2014)

A little yellow bird is resting peacefully in the middle of the swamp when he gets pushed aside by one creature after another. Each additional creature settles on the little bird’s resting spot with a very friendly, but insistent, ‘Pardon me.’ The little bird continues to move over to make room for the rest of the animals. At last a fox yells from the shore, ‘Pardon me, but you’re sitting on a…’ But the little bird has had enough and shouts as loudly as he can, ‘Well, pardon me, but this is my perch and I don’t care what you have to say! Now leave me alone!’ All the other creatures leave and just as the little bird drifts off to sleep, the alligator he has been perching on wakes up. The little bird is not in the illustrations anymore, but the alligator does say, ‘BURP! Pardon me.’


“Pardon?” said the Giraffe written and illustrated by Colin West (1986)

Frog politely asks giraffe ‘What’s it like up there?’ but giraffe only answers ‘Pardon?’ So frog hops up on lion and asks again. ‘Pardon?’ So he hops on hippo. ‘Pardon?’ So he hops on elephant. ‘Pardon?’ then he hops on giraffe’s nose. ‘It’s very nice up here, thank you.’ And giraffe sneezes sending frog back to the ground. Giraffe bends down and very politely asks, ‘What’s it like down there?’

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