Project Description


Prairie Chicken Little

Spanish Edition: La gallinita de la pradera

by Jackie Mims Hopkins
illustrated by Henry Cole

When Mary McBlicken the prairie chicken hears a rumblin’ and a grumblin’, she sets off to warn her friends in this prairie-style twist on Chicken Little.

Mary McBlicken is sure a stampede’s a comin’! She hurries to the ranch, gathering up her friends—a prairie dog, a jack rabbit, and a meadowlark—along the way. Before the fine feathered and furry folks get to their destination, they encounter a coyote who says he knows a shortcut. Should they trust him? Will they find Cowboy Stan and Red Dog Dan in time? And where is that rumbling coming from anyway?

Jackie Mims Hopkins brings readers a hilarious, prairie-style rendition of a well-loved tale. Henry Cole’s energetic illustrations perfectly complement the hilarity and will have readers laughing out loud.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-694-9
Publication Date: 3/1/2013
Page Count: 32
Size: 11″ x 9″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-834-9
Publication Date: 2/1/2015
Page Count: 32
Size: 11″ x 9″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.6
GRL: I, Gr 1
Lexile: AD690L
Themes: Chicken Little, Fractured Fairy Tales, Prairie Animals
BISAC 1: JUV012040 JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
BISAC 2: JUV002000 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


“Hopkins’ prairie take on ‘Chicken Little’ is made storytime perfect by Cole’s characteristically hysterical, watercolor-and-colored-pencil cartoons of goggle-eyed critters. It’s also a nice twist that Mary and her friends save themselves from the coyote rather than ending up as lunch or requiring outside assistance…good fun to share in a lap or with a group.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The repetition invites chiming in from young readers, who will also find plenty to chuckle at in Cole’s (Unspoken) bustling watercolor, ink, and colored-pencil illustrations, which convey the animals’ overblown fright with comedic bravado…a lively take on this familiar tale.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The simple text with its rhyming words and repeated phrases will appeal to emerging readers. Pair Steven Kellogg’s Chicken Little (Morrow, 1987), featuring a city setting, with this prairie version of the folktale for an entertaining story hour.” ―School Library Journal

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“The exaggerated faces and movements of the panicky characters stand out comically against the more realistic background paintings. Hopkins, a storyteller from Texas, uses repeated phrases, internal rhymes, and humor effectively, creating a transplanted folktale that reads well aloud.” ―Booklist Online

“The story itself is funny and entertaining to read. It is a good book to read out loud to your children.” ―Books for Kids

“A gorgeous picture book…The animals all have ‘punny’ names and the coyote tries to trick them into his den, but they escape. What Mary is hearing is not a stampede, but you’ll have to read the book and see what it is. It will make you smile.” ―Journey of a Bookseller

“Here is a book for your library that will not be ignored after its first read. Just like Mary McBlicken and her critter friends, kids will stampede toward this colorfully imaginative picture book.” ―Kid Lit Reviews

“This is one of the most enjoyable and funny books I have read in a long while. It had a cute repetitive rhythmic sing song to the story. Loved the western accent the characters had with the common slang of the wild west. The illustration told the story with the funny characters in their rustic old west colors of the creatures and their habitat. The ending was a real hoot! Love it! Love it! I am still smiling.” ―It’s About Time, MaMaw

“If you are among those readers that can appreciate not only a good story retell but a storybook chock full of smile inducing pictures and a bit of edutainment along the way, this book should definitely be on your ‘to read’ list. No matter if you’re two or one hundred and two, there is something to be gleaned or enjoyed within these pages as it fascinates, educates, and titillates the mind and heart…lickety-splickety.” ―Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

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Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2014

Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards (Finalist, Picture Books) ―Writers’ League of Texas, 2013

Volunteer State Book Awards (Nominee, Primary) ―Tennessee Association of School Librarians, 2016-2017

Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―Florida Reading Association, 2014-2015

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Alabama Camellia Awards (Nominee, Grades 2-3) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2014-2015

Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2014-2015

Flicker Tale Children’s Book Awards (Nominee, Picture Books) ―North Dakota Library Association, 2013-2014

Mockingbird Award (Nominee) ―Abilene Independent School District, 2013-2014

Treasure State Award (Nominee) ―Montana State Reading Council, 2015

Leaping Lizards Reading List ―Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, 2013-2014

Read Alouds Too-Good-to-Miss―AISLE, 2016

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Meet the Author

Jackie Mims Hopkins is a storyteller, a school librarian and a former teacher. She is the author of several children’s books, including The Three Armadillies Tuff and The Gold Miner’s Daughter. She lives in Texas. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Henry Cole is the illustrator of more than ninety books for children, including bestsellers such as The Leprechaun’s GoldLittle Bo, and Tango Makes Three, and Oink!, in addition to many of his own books, such as A Nest For Celeste and Jack’s Garden. He lives in Florida. You can visit his website here.