Big Fat Hen / La gallina grande
Big Fat Hen / La gallina grande
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Keith Baker
ISBN 9780544173989
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
4 ½ stars
Keywords: big-fat-hen-la-gallina-grande concept-books counting farmyard keith-baker numbers spanish

Big Fat Hen / La gallina grande
by Keith Baker

Keith Baker (1-2-3 Peas) turns the classic rhyme "One, two, buckle my shoe" into a celebratory bilingual counting tale starring a "big fat hen," her friends, and their ever-increasing eggs.

A golden hen lays two eggs and chases one dragonfly ("one, two/ uno, dos"). On the next page, the pair of chicks, newly hatched, "buckle my shoe / el zapato se abrochó." A blue hen lays four eggs and examines three worms ("three, four/ tres, cuatro"), then the four chicks, together, "shut the door / cerramos la puerta un rato" (it takes them awhile). On it goes as the chicks pick up sticks and "lay them straight" and all come together in the end. On every page featuring two numbers, Baker illustrates both (e.g., five snails, six eggs) so children can learn their numbers by counting for themselves. Decked out in fiesta-bright colors and lush feathers, his hens look real enough to stroke. This exuberant board book makes learning one's numbers a joy.
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