Friday, December 28, 2018

Chicken in Mittens ~ reading to warm heart and hands

Winter break is a perfect time to heat up some hot cocoa and read books. The other day I came across this fun "I Can Read" book from the local library. It features two of my favorite things: chickens and mittens.

Chicken in Mittens
by Adam Lehrhaupt; illus. by Shahar Kober
32 pages; ages 4-8
HarperCollins, 2017

themes: winter, friendship, exploration

Zoey stepped out of the barn.

I love, love, love adventure stories, don't you? So when Zoey heads out into the snowy day with her best pig, Sam, we know this is going to be an Adventure with a capital A. And when Clara hollers, "Wear your mittens" - well, we just know that chickens who need to be reminded about proper winter attire are sure to run into problems.

What I like about this book: Fun! Fun! And 100% appropriate for reading during the holiday break. The language is perfect for just-beginning readers (level 1) and the story is engaging enough to keep 'em turning the page.

What else I like: It's got a very Pooh-and-Piglet feel, what with it being an Arctic adventure and the search for the North Pole. There might be a Yeti. And the unraveling mitten has a distinctive Tom-Sawyer-lost-in-a-cave feel. It also features chocolate.

Beyond the Book: Given the season and the distinct possibility that we may have snow, ice, or a combination of both, I've got my mind on mittens!

Make your own Mitten Matching game - instructions from Highlights. It's a perfect way to recycle pieces of Christmas wrapping paper!

Go on a mitten scavenger hunt. Track down all the mittens and gloves and sort them into pairs. Got any singles? Great! You'll need them for the next activity...

Make a mitten doll. Here's instructions.

Read some more stories about mittens - both lost and found:


And remember to Wear Your Mittens!

 We'll be joining Perfect Picture Book Friday in the New Year. It's a weekly event where bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's website. Review copy discovered at the local library.

1 comment:

  1. I'm thinking lots of kids are going to want to read about this particular chicken! How relatable, to be reminded to wear your mittens. Happy New Year!