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Ideal for Easter and springtime, an exuberantly illustrated picture book by a New York Times bestselling artist!Little Chick’s mother is all cluck and no action. Mama knows her old nest isn’t the cozy home she and her brood need. But whenever she vows to start building a new house, she’s distracted—by sweety-meaty worms, crunchy-munchy crickets, or picky-pecky corn. LuckilIdeal for Easter and springtime, an exuberantly illustrated picture book by a New York Times bestselling artist!Little Chick’s mother is all cluck and no action. Mama knows her old nest isn’t the cozy home she and her brood need. But whenever she vows to start building a new house, she’s distracted—by sweety-meaty worms, crunchy-munchy crickets, or picky-pecky corn. Luckily, her Little Chick is an industrious sort. While the rest of his family are stuffing themselves silly, he’s quietly working, bit by bit, day by day.Janice N. Harrington’s retelling of a little-known Central African story is perfectly matched with Brian Pinkney’s jazzy depiction of a can-do little critter....

Title : Busy-Busy Little Chick
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ISBN : 9780374347468
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Busy-Busy Little Chick Reviews

  • Carmen
    2019-05-21 00:23

    "Pruck! Pruck!" clucked Mama Nsoso. "We will work tomorrow. Today we will munch cricky-cracky crickets."Mama Nsoso (a hen) and her four little chicks desperately need a new home. Their current one leaks and everyone is cold and damp at night. They can't sleep.Every night, Mama Nsoso promises her children that she will build them a new hut (called an "ilombe") the next day. But every single day she is distracted by food that she finds: worms, crickets, etc. And every day she puts off building the house in lieu of eating yummy food.But busy-busy Little Chick doesn't eat food with his brothers and sisters. Instead of eating, he spends all day gathering the materials needed to build a new ilombe. At the end, he presents his new house to his family and everyone is happy. And he finally has time to eat a meal.Another key plot point (if you can even possibly have "key plot points" in children's picture books o.O) is that while his mom and siblings shiver and don't sleep at night, hard-working Little Chick gets a great night's sleep every night because he's so tuckered-out....This story is based on a Central African fable. The author is trying to preserve stories which were African oral traditions and perhaps might not be around forever if someone doesn't write them down. She also includes a glossary for the various Lonkundo words that will be unfamiliar to the majority of readers....As for my review. Well, this is like a crazy mash-up of The Little Red Hen and... I don't know, The Ant and the Grasshopper, or something. The following are the messages I got from it: - Hard physical labor will make your sleep wonderful. - Parents who are lazy or absentminded and don't follow their parental responsibilities will be grateful for their hard working child who goes out, earns a living, and brings home the material goods for his or her family - but will show no initiative in getting jobs themselves or actually taking responsibility for their actions.I had my friend read this book as a second opinion and her sole comment was: "This would be a nice book for meth-heads." LOL I almost died laughing.Tl;dr - The pictures are wonderful, but the message is sorely lacking. Also, this book requires that you - as the grown-up reader - do WORK such as learn how to pronounce a half-dozen new words and perhaps if you are feeling lazy (like Mama Nsoso) then you will feel more tempted to pick up something a little easier.P.S. NY Times Book Review says ages 4-8, I say 4-6.

  • Robin
    2019-05-08 22:34

    Mama Nsoso's chicks are cold, and each night she promises to build thema new house, ilombe, the next day. But that day comes, and in a very chicken like manner, Mama is distracted by food: "crunchy-munchy, sweety -meaty, big fat worms!" or "crunchy-munchy, jumpy-jumpy, cricky cracky crickets!" - yum! Little Chick is very conscientious though, gathering straw and twigs and mud to make the new house. The text is full of wonderful sounds and repetition that make this one a great read aloud. A few African phrases are seamlessly incorporated into the text.This story is based on a fable from the Nkundo people of Central Africa. Harrington's source notes are a delight! As are Brian Pinkney's expressive watercolor illustrations. His little chick is a bundle of round energy, swirling and flapping across the page -- even outside and around the fluid black ink brush strokes that shape his form.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-04-28 01:43

    Little Chick works hard building a new nest while mom munches away all day.

  • Tasha
    2019-04-29 01:50

    Mama Nsoso and her chicks needed a new home. They spent each night shivering and cold in their dark, damp nest. So Mama Nsoso said that tomorrow they would start work on their new home. But the first day, Mama Nsoso found worms to eat and decided to eat rather than build a house. The family shivered through another night. The next day there were crickets to eat and no work was done. Except by Little Chick who set out to gather grasses and mud to create their new home. His hard work resulted in a fine new home for them, and then he was off finding himself some delicious bugs to eat. Harrington writes like a storyteller. Her words flow beautifully when shared aloud. She has reworked a classic fable from the Nkundo people of Central Africa and throughout has woven in Lunkundo words from their language. She has also added lots of sounds to the book, so there are wonderful patterns that emerge as the hen and her chicks move through their day. She clearly enjoys wordplay and creating rhymes and rhythms, all of which make for a great book to share aloud.Pinkney’s art is large and bold, filled with warm yellows and oranges. He has created images of the hen and her little family isolated and floating in cold blues. They are brilliant orange, evoking the warmth of family and shelter. His art is simple but filled with moving lines and playfulness with white space. A great pick for spring story times, don’t be chicken to share this one. Appropriate for ages 4-7.

  • Agapuci
    2019-05-19 23:53

    The book is very profound and deep in terms of the message, therefore I appreciate its huge value. It tells about the family including little chicks and their mother, who live in an old nest, where they are terribly cold, wet and generally uncomfortable. The little chicks complain that they are cold and want a new nest, which is promised by the mother every single day. However, she does nothing in thic direction, as every day passes by and she is constantly distracted by other activities and she does not initiate the building. She simply lacks motivation and determination. She is lazy and, im my own opinion, she does not love her children sufficiently, as she does not build the nest despite the fact that the children are cold and unhappy. If she truly loved them, she would make every possible effort in order to make the chicks happy. She is good only at talking about her plans, which are never to be realized by her. She is not ambitious and mature, but thinks only of her own comfort. However, the little chick says nothing, and he builds the new nest on his own, without informing anyone. He is silent, does not spend time on pointless talking, but simply does his work. He is determined and motivated. He makes huge effort on his own and his actions are to be admired. He does not talk, does not complain, but is patient and knows that it takes just motivation and hard work to do something, but simple talk will never change things. A very clever book!

  • babyhippoface
    2019-04-26 01:46

    Busy-Busy Little Chick and his siblings want a new nest that isn't damp and cold. Every night their mother--Mama Nsoso--tells them that in the morning they will build a new ilombe (house). But every morning Mama Nsoso is distracted by crunchy-munchy worms, crickets, or corn, and she never sets to work. Little Chick, though, stays on task, and by the end of the week, he surprises his family with a beautiful, warm, dry ilombe! This Central African folk tale reminded me of The Little Red Hen set on its ear. I have read some complaints that it is too long, but this story was always meant to be told, not read, and repeated refrains are a hallmark of storytelling. I can easily imagine a gifted, animated storyteller or reader bringing this story to life with as much charm and energy as Brian Pinkney's swirling, vibrant illustrations.

  • Erin
    2019-05-06 04:35

    I know that this book is based on an African fable and is supposed to have a good moral in the end. To me, it just puts mothers in a bad light. There are a bunch of little chicks who complain to their mother that their house is cold and wet and draughty. She tells them each morning that they will go out and get the materials for a new house. When they start looking for materials, they see food instead. The mother tells them that they'll eat that day and look for housing materials the next day--3 times! One little chick decides to gather the materials instead of eating for those three days, then ends up building the house himself. This is great for the little chick, but makes the mother look terrible! (I am not a mother, so this review does not have that bias.)

  • Betsy
    2019-04-30 22:25

    Honestly, I'm surprised at the negative reviews of this book. It's a gem. Yes, the mother doesn't do anything--but since when have we expected mothers (and step-mothers and parents in general) to do all the work in a children's book? Instead, the little chick's industriousness is a great example to kids!But if you're reading this for delight, for enjoyment, for great art, and not trying to read anything into it, it's a great book. This might be my favorite of Brian Pinkney's illustrations--LOVE THEM.

  • Sharon Lawler
    2019-04-28 03:32

    The pictures will drew me into the book, but when I finished the fable, I was confused by the lesson. Little chick did all the work, Mom wasn't helpful at all, and was so surprised that he had built a hose for she and the chicks. Why did she not even notice he was building a house? After reading the author's note about the origins of this fable, the Nkundo people of Central Africa which is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I think this is an example how perceptions of gender roles change over time and that there are differences across cultures.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-01 22:41

    Little chick saves the day. Every day mamma chicken takes her chicks out with the intention of building a new home. And every day mamma chicken is distracted by one thing or another and puts off nest building for another day. On all of these outings, unbeknownst to mamma (or the reader), little chick has been gathering everything they will need to build a new nest. Could work for toddler storytime, but better for preschool.

  • Kristine Lee
    2019-04-29 22:39

    In this African tale, Mama Nsoso promises to build an ilombe for her chicks , but every morning she is distracted by good food. Little Chick goes about collecting building materials all by himself. Unlike the Little Red Hen, Little Chick does not have a sense of moral superiority at the end and Mama shows her pride. Animal sounds and a sprinkling of Lonkundo words add context to the tale. The watercolor art is less concrete, which is not my personal preference.

  • Cindy Dobrez
    2019-05-07 01:46

    I hope Harrington continues to retell more Central African would be interesting for children to compare this story to The Grasshopper and the Ant or to Frederick by Lionni. Pinkney's art is lovely but I'm not so crazy about the cursive font used in highlight throughout the text...I think it will be hard for the intended audience to read with its extra loops and curls. The glossary is a good addition.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-06 01:35

    If you are a story teller you might enjoy presenting this chicken story that the Nkundo people of Central Africa tell. Mama chicken promises to make a warm new house for her chicks but keeps putting it off. The happy ending of the story balances on the back of one of Mama's little chicks. This might be a fun story to adapt to a puppet show.

  • Christopher
    2019-05-01 20:36

    An cute story with read-aloud rhythms yet way too long. A nice change of pace for Brian Pinkney that, at times, feels derivative of other works by other illustrators. A fine effort that just didn't work for me.

  • Marina
    2019-04-24 21:52

    Kind of like the Grasshopper and the Ants but with chickens. I wish I had known there was a mini-glossary at the end of the book before I reached it so I could have pronounced the African words correctly.

  • Laura
    2019-05-19 21:28

    Colorful bright illustrations with bold brushstokes give this book a lot of energy. I love the language in it too: crunchy-munchy, sweety-meaty, pruck pruck. Too long for storytime but would be really enjoyable for ages 4-7 as a read aloud in a small group setting.

  • Kristin
    2019-05-09 23:42

    I thought this book was a very good read for students. It catches their attention because it is about animals and has VERY rich text. It also has very nice pictures in it. I was surprised that it did not win a Caldecott award yet. It is a very good read.

  • Lindsay
    2019-05-10 01:31

    For the next time I'm asked for "African" picture books, this is an American interpretation of a traditional Nkundo tale. It seems at once familiar and new, reminding one of the Little Red Hen but with a twist. Includes a glossary and further resources in back.

  • Beverly
    2019-04-28 02:43

    Very nice impressionistic watercolors for this African folktale.

  • Kristy Isla
    2019-04-30 00:31

    A cute but long story based on an African Tale. Great to use for a heritage month, but possibly too long for story time.

  • Heather
    2019-05-11 20:31

    The kids weren't very interested in this book, nor was I. The illustrations while creative, didn't really thrill us either. No one here would reach for it again.

  • Maddypictures
    2019-05-12 04:25

    Loose, sweeping watercolors. Based on African Nkundo folk tale. Busy-Busy Little Chick builds the whole family a new home.

  • Ruth
    2019-05-23 03:36

    Great story and I loved the colorful illustrations.

  • Sam Bloom
    2019-05-14 23:51

    Not quite up to par with either of these folks' best work, but nice nonetheless.

  • Atom
    2019-05-09 21:23

    mama nosos nest was to cold for the baby,s so the smallest chik made the new home for theme

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-05-07 04:40

    If it wasn't for the moral of hard work at the end, this book would have definitely lost me. I didn't like the story nor the illustrations and found them to be rather simplistic.

  • Kelsey Yates
    2019-04-29 00:43

    Excellent moral tale. I guess my only complaint would be that the mother was also unwise.

  • Linda Atkinson
    2019-04-22 02:47

    I love the illustrations, but meh on the rest.

  • K.
    2019-05-01 23:49

    Great story to teach kids about how to focus on responsibility and how to take initiative.

  • Chris
    2019-04-28 20:26

    Okay pretty much sums it up.