Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins, illustrated by Henry Cole. Peachtree, (9781561458349), 2013
Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This retelling of the tale of Chicken Little is set on the prairie and introduces new grassland animal characters. Mary McBlicken is scratching for her breakfast “…when all of a sudden she heard a rumbling and a grumbling and a tumbling.” Convinced that a stampede is on its way she runs off to the ranch to tell Cowboy Stan and Red Dog Dan. Along the way she convinces Jeffrey Snog the prairie dog, Beau Grabbit the jack rabbit and June Spark the meadowlark to join her. Slim Brody the sly coyote offers to show them a shortcut but only leads them to his lair. The four silly friends are rescued by Cowboy Stan, who is a horse, and Red Dog Dan. Cowboy Stan quickly realizes that it is not a stampede but Mary’s stomach: “You need some grub!” The animals all sit down to enjoy supper “…and that took care of Mary McBlicken’s stomach stampede…” The illustrations, rendered in water color, ink and colored pencil are full of humor and perfectly complement the story. Readers will enjoy the repetitive phrases and will join in during a read aloud. Lots of fun in this western retelling of a classic tale.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Hand this to fans of reimagined folktales and children who enjoyed the original tale.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 12/17/2020