Chicks and Salsa
Chicks and Salsa

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Annotation: Soon after the chickens tire of their feed and decide to make tortilla chips and salsa, all the other animals on Nuthatcher Farm start to crave southwestern cuisine.
Catalog Number: #9128
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2007
Illustrator: Bogan, Paulette,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-599-90099-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-08957-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-599-90099-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-08957-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2005042137
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
Tired of the same old food, the rooster leads the other animals of Nuthatcher Farm in making southwestern-themed dishes. They plan a fiesta, but then the farmer's wife uses up the vegetables in her tamales, and the rooster has to re-group. Though a bit repetitive, the text is entertaining. The spicy illustrations give the story its flavor. Recipes are included.
Kirkus Reviews
A Southwestern cooking show spied through the farmhouse window inspires a rooster weary of the same-old same-old to plan a farmyard fiesta with filched garden tomatoes, chiles, cilantro and other produce. With a rodent syndicate supplying the chips for the salsa, the cheese for the nachos, the avocados for the "quackamole" and the requisite sombreros, the stage is set. Bogan's big cartoon scenes capture the increasing excitement, as well as the general bliss brought on by plenty of pre-fiesta snacking. Alas, it all comes to naught, though, as the produce is suddenly appropriated by the farmer's wife for County Fair tamales. Still, three recipes in the back, a cutout poster attached to the jacket, plus a new venture by the rooster into French cuisine, compensate, at least in part, for the downer ending. Ole! (Picture book. 6-8)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A rollicking story about a rooster that is a little smarter than the average barnyard animal. Farmer Nuthatcher's chickens are tired of their regular feed, and it just so happens that the rooster has been watching cooking shows over the farmer's wife's shoulder. He has some ideas, beginning with chips and salsa. Soon the ducks are inspired and give up fish for guacamole, and the pigs go for beans and chiles. With all of this southwestern cuisine, it's time for a fiesta. It turns out, though, that Mrs. Nuthatcher is making tamales, and all of the ingredients the animals need are gone, so it's time for a new cuisine-from a French cookbook. This story is a fun read, with a refrain and a smooth pattern. Bogan's humorous illustrations keep the action moving, and the pages are filled with saturated color and energy. A definite purchase for any library.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 500
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 102936 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.4 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q38422
Lexile: 860L
Guided Reading Level: M
Fountas & Pinnell: M

With whimsical illustrations by Paulette Bogan, Aaron Reynolds has created a hilarious picture book about one rooster's quest for culinary delight. What happens at Nuthatcher Farm when the chickens get tired of the same old chicken feed? The rooster hatches a plan, of course! With a pinch of genius, a dash of resourcefulness, and a little pilfering from the farmer's garden, the chickens whip up a scrumptious snack of chips and salsa. When the rest of the barnyard gets a whiff of the spicy smells and want to join in, it can mean only one thing . . . FIESTA! But when the big day arrives, all their spicy southwestern supplies are gone! It seems that Mr. and Mrs. Nuthatcher have caught on to the flavor craze as well, and the only thing left for the animals to do is to try a new culinary style-ooh la la!


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