Everyone that spends a great deal of time in the Brooks Free Library Children’s Room knows by now that I am a huge chicken fancier, with a fairly large flock in my back yard. So I was particularly attracted to an early reader featuring a chicken on the front cover. In this simple story Earl and Pearl want to grow pumpkins. They constantly shoo Chicken out of the garden until a plague of grasshoppers suddenly allows Chicken to become a hero.
This is an I Can Read My First Shared Reading book, which the company suggests is good for sharing with emergent readers. I would agree with this statement. The sentences are simple and repetitive, with many similar sounds, such as the names Earl and Pearl. There are illustrations on every page. The average sentence length is three or four words. The pictures are bright and colorful, and support the text.