Chicken Said, "Cluck!" (I Can Read! My First: Shared Reading)

by Judyann Ackerman Grant (Author) Sue Truesdell (Illustrator)

An ALA Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

This hilarious and award-winning beginning reader is filled with simple, repetitive sentences and illustrated with bright artwork depicting Chicken's funny expressions and poses. Chicken Said, "Cluck!" is sure to make beginning readers ask to enjoy this delightful reading experience again and again.

Earl and Pearl are growing pumpkins, and Chicken wants to help. Earl and Pearl dig the garden and plant the seeds, and water and weed...but Chicken only wants to scratch in the dirt. Earl and Pearl don't want Chicken around, so they shoo her away. But then one day grasshoppers come to the garden, and Chicken proves herself useful.

This My First I Can Read Book is perfect for shared reading with toddlers and very young children. Basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations make this book just right for reading with emergent readers.

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School Library Journal

Starred Review
K-Gr 2When Earl and Pearl start a pumpkin patch, they often need to shoo Chicken out of the way, but she is determined to help. In the end, when grasshoppers begin to "nibble, nibble" on the growing pumpkins, Chicken's refrain of "Cluck! Cluck! Cluck" saves the day. This easy reader has short sentences, a variety of verb tenses, and vowel and consonant blends and digraphs. Difficult words such as "garden," "chicken," and "pumpkin" are repeated several times. Emergent readers may chime in with their own "Shoo, Shoos" and "Cluck, Cluck." The funny, expressive pen-and-ink drawings support the reading with simple clarity, e.g., "Earl watered the seeds" is the caption for an illustration of the boy with a huge watering can, Chicken hovering nearby. This could be an opportune time to introduce a September lesson on grasshoppers while they're easily found or wait for October's pumpkins."Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA" Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"A satisfying story with conflict and resolution, action and emotion . . . A gift for emerging readers—and not just during pumpkin season."—The Horn Book
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2008
I Can Read! My First: Shared Reading
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002090 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Farm Animals
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
Texas 2x2 Reading List
Recommended 2009 - 2009
Geisel Medal (Dr. Seuss)
Honor Book 2009 - 2009
Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award
Honor Book 2009 - 2009

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