Saturday, August 4, 2018

I Got A Chicken For My Birthday by Lara Gehl

Say What? You Got A Chicken For Your Birthday?

Anna has a birthday coming up and she knows exactly what she wants: tickets to the amusement park. She's hinted to Abuela, the Spanish word for grandmother, three times. However, when she receives her birthday gift from her grandmother she can't help feeling a little disappointed. A black chicken wearing yellow boots is a far cry from simple amusement park tickets. But on the bright side
"I guess a chicken is better than socks. Or a knitted sweater. Or underwear."
Even though Ana has to feed her new chicken she again tries to look on the bright side. She loves scrambled eggs. But this chicken has no time for food or to lay eggs. This black chicken wearing yellow boots and a yellow hard hat presents Ana with a very long list of items she needs to obtain. The list winds across a two-page spread listing such things as 100 steel girders, a hammer, digger, fireworks, 6 bowling balls, and more.

It doesn't take long before this odd little chicken recruits Ana's dog, cat, and hamster to help on the project that is growing quite large in the backyard. In fact, lots of help is showing up.

And how about the chicken's latest request to invite Abuela to come for a visit? What! Now Abuela is driving a bulldozer and helping with all the backyard work.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: Nothing

What I Liked Most:  The humorous chicken communicates only with signs. As an example when Ana carries a basket out to gather eggs, the chicken is holding a sign that states: Sorry, No time for laying eggs! And as the dog, cat, and hamster join the chicken on the new project they too hold up signs to communicate.

The illustrations are so in tune with the story that I have to give my illustrator's award to Sarah Horne.

This is a unique story that kids are sure to appreciate. And for those who are always checking for a deeper meaning, I would say you never know when a gift is going to turn out perfect. And I like the fact that Ana is always looking for the positive about her unexpected gift.

Author: Laura Gehl
Illustrator: Sarah Horne
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (March 2018)

The Illustrations really worked for me!
My Illustrator's Award


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