ADHD is not new in my…Interrupting Chicken…family

October 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein; published by Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachusetts; 2010.

Papa is tired.  Little Chicken is not.  But it is bedtime and they compromise: Papa will read one story to Little Chicken if she promises not to interrupt.  Any parent knows how this story will go!

The story is endearing.  It’s also perfect for reading aloud.  But that’s not why I fell in love with this book.  Stein’s illustrations are loaded with detail.  Even though my own children are older, I tried this book out on them (we buddy read!) and we had fun trying to find all of the details in the images (refrigerator magnets, a rubber chicken).  The real genius is how he insinuates Little Chicken’s interruptions–by superimposing her in the storybook pages.  And the storybook pages are antiqued with tea giving an impression of a book handed down for generations.  His mixed media illustrations were done in watercolor, water-soluble crayon, china marker, pen, opaque white ink, and tea.

As I stated earlier, this book had to be created as a read-aloud.  In addition, it would be ideal to read to children in elementary school to teach about interrupting and manners (especially those with special needs such as autism and ADHD).  And like Papa requested of Little Chicken, this book could inspire little authors.  If used in a story time, I’d be sure the craft included letting each “little chicken” create his or her own bedtime stories to read to their caregivers.

Speaking of story time, I had a nice conversation with the author/illustrator about a craft he and a librarian friend created for an author visit.  Since he was reading this book, they designed a flip-puppet to use while reading the story.  An image of Papa and an image of his Little Chicken were glued back-to-back on a stick.  Every time Papa read, his face was front and center; when Little Chicken interrupts, the stick is quickly turned to show her face.  That would be a great craft to include in a story time at school, the library or at home.


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