#280 – Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins

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Prairie Chicken Little

by Jackie Mims Hopkins

Henry Cole, illustrator

Peachtree Publishers

5 Stars

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Inside Jacket: Out on the grasslands where bison roam, Mary McBlicken the prairie chicken is scritch-scratchin’ for her breakfast, when all of a sudden she hears a rumblin’ and a grumblin’ and a tumblin’.

“Stampede’s a comin’!”  Mary squawks.

She sets off to warn Cowboy Stan and Red Dog Dan, gathering up her friends along the way.  But before they can get to the ranch, the band of prairie critters is waylaid by Slim Brody the sly coyote.

The rumbling’s getting louder.  Will they escape in time?

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Mary McBlicken is trying to mustard up some breakfast when she hears a loud “rumblin’ and a grumblin’ and a tumblin’.”  Sure it is a stampede, Mary runs off to the ranch to tell Cowboy Stan and Red Dog Dan.  On the way, she runs into Jeffrey Snog prairie dog, Beau Grabbit jackrabbit, and June Spark Meadowlark.  Each are easily convinced a stampede is on its way so together the four friends head off to the ranch.

Dum da dum dum.  Slim Brody sly coyote appears assuring the friends that he knows a shortcut to the ranch.  They believe him and follow Slim Brody across the plain, through a pass and a bend right to the sly coyote’s den.  With their backs to the proverbial wall, the four critters make a mad ruckus, Jeffrey Snog the prairie dog bites that coyote’s ear and June Spark attaches her long beak onto Slim’s snout.  Soon, all the ruckus gets the attention of Cowboy Stan and Red Dog Dan.  They race over and cut Slim Brody the not-so-sly coyote’s shortcut short.  Still, what is the rumblin’ and where is the grumblin’ coming from and what will the group do about the tumblin’.

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Prairie Chicken Little is a fast paced story that will entertain for a long time.  Poor Mary McBlicken hears and feels those terrible rumblin’, grumblin’, and tumblin’ and is sure something bad is happening.  At each friend, she says the same line and they asked the same question.  This repetition is great for kids learning how to read.  They will notice the theme of the story faster and find more enjoyment.  This will probably mean multiple reading requests, yet is still a good thing.

The illustrations are full-body expressive.  The eyes of Mary McBlicken pop out when fear strikes her.  Jeffry Snog’s sleepy expression quickly turns to concern from his ears to his hands.  Beau Grabbit and June Spark have similar transformations before all run off as if in a fifty-yard dash.  Even the bison have a new look when they over hear Mary, but it may not be one of concern.  There are many opportunities for parents to change inflections for a bout of infectious laughter from their little ones.

Jackie Mims Hopkins has written several retellings of popular tales, all with fun twists, and Prairie Chicken Little is no exception.  Here is a book for your library that will not be ignored after its first read.  Just like Mary McBlicken and her critter friends, kids will stampede toward this colorfully imaginative picture book.

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Prairie Chicken Little

by Jackie Mims Hopkins   website
Henry Cole, illustrator   website
Peachtree Publishers   website    blog
Released March 2013
ISBN:  978-1-56145-694-9
32 pages
Ages 4 to 8
Copyright © 2013 by Peachtree Publishers, used with permission
Text: copyright © 2013 by Jackie Mims Hopkins
Illustrations: copyright © 2013 by Henry Cole

DONATED TO LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY

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25 thoughts on “#280 – Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins

    • Thank you for hopping over. I greatly appreciate it and the comment. I wish everyone who stopped by wrote something. Every site needs it. There is more rhyming than cowboys, but if you like prairie chickens, you will love this picture book. It is one of the best this year.

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    • This is a good one. The illustrations alone are worth getting the book. But the nice twist on the end makes this different from any other re-telling of Chicken Little. thanks for being here. I hope you are enjoying the hop.

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    • Kids will love this hilarious book. The story is funny and has a new twist on the end from the Chicken Little story. Get it, you won’t regret it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Prarie Chicken Little looks so cute – I think my kids would love it! Thanks so much for hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop! I love discovering new books, and new friends 🙂
    ang
    jugglingactmama.blogspot.com

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    • Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying the blog hop. Prairie Chicken Little is a wonderful book for any child’s bookshelf. It will not wear out over time.

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  2. I’m cracking up just from those pictures and your review! And Prairie Chickens are special birds around here. We live near Fossil Rim Wildlife Center where they breed those birds and release them back into the wild. They’re famous! So I need to check out this book! Thanks for the fun review!

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    • I think the Fossil Run Wildlife Center may have helped the author with her book. If you are looking for authentic prairie chickens where else would you go? That park is familiar to me, but only because of the book. How does a reading dog and a prairie chicken get along? Maybe Rhythm can go to the center and read Prairie Chicken Little to the prairie chickens and see what they think. I’d be curious to know. 😀

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      • Fossil Rim is a fabulous place! I’ve never been there. No Dogs allowed! But the Mom Person used to volunteer there and so I know a lot about it. You should come to Texas and visit! If it wasn’t a “No Dogs Allowed” place, I’d love to go watch those birds and read to them. But I guess it’s not meant to be. Alas. I’ll just have to read to my plain ole chickens.

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  3. Oh Sue I was laughing out load just at the names. I will have to look up Jackie Mim’s Hopkins now, to find what other books she has retold. Thanks for linking in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop and great to have you back, cheers Julie Grasso

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    • Jackie Mims Hopkins has written several retellings, a few of which have already been reviewed here. Search: Jackie Mims Hopkins above and all those books will pop up. I still have a couple more to review. She is so prolific it is dizzying, but no one does these better than her, least not that I have seen.

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    • Okay, enough with the “cute!” YES, it is a cute book. But it is more than cute. It has a great story that will have you and anyone you read it too laughing (unless you are a terrible reader-aloud, then I don’t know what it would be like). But once again, I agree . . . Prairie Chicken Little is a “cute!” book. Nice to see you Shaunda. 🙂

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    • It is too hard to explain what is making the sound without causing them in my house as I tell you. I really do not want that to happen, so I am not going to even give you a long, unhelpful clue. You will laugh big belly-laughs once you understand. Enjoy the book! 😀

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