Picture Book Review: Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins and Henry Cole (Illustrations)


Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins and Henry Cole (Illustrations)

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (March 1, 2013)
Source: Won in a giveaway
Rating: 4 of 5 stars




In this prairie-style
twist on Chicken Little, Mary McBlicken hears a rumble and is sure a
stampede s a comin’! She sets off to warn Cowboy Stan and Red Dog Dan,
gathering up her friends along the way. Before they can get there,
though, the band of prairie critters gets tricked by a mean Coyote and
trapped in his evil den. Will the friends escape in time? And where is
that rumbling coming from after all?

About the Author:

I was born in Tyler, Texas during the
annual Texas Rose Festival. Two years later, my family moved to Houston
where I grew up in a typical 1950’s/60’s Houston suburban neighborhood.
Those days were filled with roller skating, bike riding, coloring,
make-believe, and Barbie dolls. My parents encouraged reading by joining
a children’s book club, and I enjoyed the picture books that arrived
each month. I especially liked the Dr. Seuss books because they were
silly and fast-paced like me. However, when I was old enough for chapter
books, I couldn’t sit still long enough to read them. Consequently,
reading chapter books was not one of my pastimes.

Who would ever have imagined that a kid who wasn’t much of a reader would someday become a teacher, librarian, and author?
It was more than thirty years
ago in a college children’s literature class that I fell in love with
books and dreamed of becoming a children’s author.

My favorite part of being an elementary teacher for eleven years was using literature in my classroom.

The joy that books brought to my teaching
inspired me to get my master’s degree and become an elementary school
librarian. For many years I loved connecting children and teachers with
books in my library. I have since retired, but enjoy visiting schools
as an author where I continue to share the joy of reading with students
and teachers. I love what I do and know it makes a difference.

What could be more fun?

My husband Jeff and I live in the Houston area with our handsome golden retriever, Eli.

Our grown children, Jonathan and Katie, live nearby.

Faith, traditions and lots of laughter keep our family close and strong.


About the Artist:

Henry Cole is an illustrator who has worked on more than 50 books. He
has also written and illustrated several books on his own.


My Thoughts:

Illustrations can really make or break a picture book. Fortunately, the
illustrations in this book are fantastic. The animals all have a lot of
personality and expression. I love the way the pictures are shown from
the perspective of the chicken. So any animals that are bigger or
smaller than she is are portrayed respectively.

The story itself is funny and entertaining to read. It is a good book to
read out loud to your children, especially if you do fun voices for
each of the characters.

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  • Reply
    Gina R
    May 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Agreed on this one whole-heartedly! Such fun to be had and the opportunities it presents for a story time setting are unending! Thanks for sharing… ^_^

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