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A hilarious read-aloud favorite about some foolish farm animals who decide to trade roles―and discover just how hard it is to do someone else’s job. From award-winning author Lester Laminack and celebrated illustrator Henry Cole.
“Good farm fun.” ―Kirkus Reviews
The Tuckers’ farm is a peaceful place where everyone has a job and no one complains. That is, until a hapless peacock falls off the back of a passing truck and stirs things up. Soon, customers are flocking to the farm to see what all the fuss is about. But the hens don’t like the newcomer getting attention while they do all the hard work. When a wise old hound sees the problem, he helps orchestrate a job swap.
What follows is the riotous tale of three hens who get in way over their feathered heads, and one very distressed peacock who just can’t figure out how to lay an egg.
Lester Laminack has created a comical look at envy, finding your strength, and what happens when we underestimate the value of others’ work. Henry Cole’s delightful illustrations heighten the story’s humor and will have readers of all ages laughing out loud.
Teacher’s Guide available!
Children’s Choice Book Awards Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year – Children’s Book Council
Children’s Choices – International Reading Association, Children’s Book Council
Best Children’s Books of the Year (Starred) – Bank Street College of Education
Read Aloud Book Award – Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction
“Laminack’s storytelling is brisk, and Cole’s cartoon illustrations are vivid and comical”―Booklist
“A delightful choice for schools and public libraries”―School Library Journal
“Frenetically posing chickens will inspire giggles…Good farm fun.”―Kirkus Reviews
“What might have been an ordinary be-yourself story is enhanced by Laminack’s (Snow Day!) surprisingly thoughtful storytelling…Laminack characterizes the hens with a fine ear for their Golden Girls outrage…the illustrations go for big guffaws and slapstick instead, and largely succeed…effectively keeping the book from feeling message-heavy.”―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Lester L. Laminack is a specialist in children’s literacy and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. Laminack has written numerous books and articles for educators and is a familiar speaker at professional meetings and reading associations nationwide. He lives in North Carolina.
Henry Cole is the illustrator of more than ninety books for children, including bestsellers such as The Leprechaun’s Gold, Little Bo, and Tango Makes Three, and Oink!, in addition to many of his own books, such as A Nest For Celeste and Jack’s Garden. He lives in Florida.