La gallina Cocorina

PreS-Gr 3—Cocorina lays eggs upside down, which creates a slight problem when her chicks come out of their eggs. One gets a bump on the head, another sees stars. The hen quickly takes them under her wing, but a rumor spreads around the barnyard that she is a negligent parent. Nothing seems to go her way. When she sings, there's a thunderstorm, and her chicks are out in the rain. They play hide-and-seek and fall asleep before she remembers to look for them. The rumor spreads to the capital, and eventually all around the world. At the moment her chicks are about to be put up for adoption, they stand up and defend their absent-minded mother, saying that she is the only one who can console them, and that no one hugs them like she does. Cocorina is a delightful character, and a sympathetic one as well. The Spanish text is perfect for a read-aloud, with a nice rhythm and rhyme structure. It's the illustrations that really steal the show here—all the characters have tremendous personality, but most of all Cocorina, whom the illustrator portrays with large expressive eyes and a delightfully pear-shaped body.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO

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