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Zinnia and Dot

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Two feuding hens lose all but one egg to a weasel who sneaks in while they're busy squabbling. Now they really have something to fight about. Whose is the egg that's left? "A winning tale of a friendship that triumphs over vanity".-- School Library Journal. New York Public Library "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing". Full color.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Puffin (first published 1992)
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Nov 13, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it
It wasn't my favorite book, but it did use similes. It had a child that grew up with 2 mothers even though they called them friends. It had joining together for a greater cause.
Only thing is it could have too many things to be effective for one particular lesson. But could be a good support for personal reading.
Nov 28, 2016 Holly rated it it was ok
Not the best book I've ever read. It is about two chickens who fight over an egg that they both think they laid. I read it so long ago I can't remember how it ends. I just remember it wasn't the most exciting book ever.
Sep 20, 2010 Jessi rated it really liked it
This is a simple story about enemies becoming friends through helping each other and joining together to fight a common enemy. The situational comedy is great - even middle school students get a kick out of two big, fat hens trying to sit on an egg.

This book is wonderful as a mentor text for vivid writing. Unlike many children's books, this one doesn't contain a massive number of what I call "dead" words such as "said" and "went." I could literally type the text of this book and encourage my stu
Oct 05, 2009 Taya rated it liked it
Shelves: pbgs-2
This book uses a very consistent border on each one of its pages. About one third of the two pages is blocked off for the small paragraph of text for each page. The background color for this section matches well with the colors used in the illustrations and creates a very high level of cohesiveness between the picture and the words. This is anothre great example of an author also filling the role as illustrator for their books. Even by just looking at the separation between the text and the ...more
Mar 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh and cringe at the hens' egos! Ernst does a good job of sending the message of how vanity can have negative consequences. It's funny how the two egotistical hens end up having to compromise about the very thing they were initially boasting about. This serves as a great read aloud when trying to encourage team work in the classroom. Many of my students either work with the same group regularly or tend to work alone. However, the hens realized in this story that they were ...more
Jun 27, 2009 Regina rated it really liked it
An excellent picture book with the themes of friendship, cooperation, sharing, and working together. Zinnia and Dot are two chickens who co-exist but are not friends. One day a weasel comes along and steals their eggs. One egg is left, but is it Zinnia's or Dot's? The two chickens have to solve this problem, and it's a good model for getting kids to understand how we need to share and work together.

Tyrone Hardy
Apr 10, 2013 Tyrone Hardy rated it it was amazing
This book was very entertaining!! These two stubborn old hens, who initially couldn't get along eventually lose all of their eggs to a thieving and hungry weasel. They only have one egg remaining from what they started out with. Through team work they finally out weasel the weasel to save their last egg. Students can count down from the amount of eggs that they started out with back to one. This book was colorful, funny, and can be used for backwards counting.
Jade Detzer
This book is about two hens who get their eggs stolen, all but one. They are over whose egg it belongs to even after it hatches. Due to an unfortunate event, the hens have to work together to protect the chick they care so much about. They agree to raise the chick together, seeing how they can both impact his life. This book would be a neat book to read to students about settling difference and working together.
Sandy Brehl
With more text than is typical of recent releases, these competitive chicks mirror battling siblings or classmates. Adversity can be a tough teacher (uncomfortable, too, judging by the view of two chicken rumps crammed on one nest) but a common cause can bring the worst squabblers to the same team.
Feb 02, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2009
Fun story about learning to get along and how even two grumpy, competitive hens can come together when it's really important. Illustrated with warm, umber tones. Our girls really enjoyed this story.
Dec 26, 2012 Kayla rated it liked it
Shelves: ed-310-books
Have to be really careful in this book. Personally would prefer it to only be read in someones home. Could bring up a variety of topics that may not be allowed to be discussed in schools.
Friendship instead of girl hate, two moms, sharing, working together- great, simple story that can have a lot of different meanings pulled from it.
Nojood Alsudairi
Oct 17, 2008 Nojood Alsudairi rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Two hens lost all their eggs to a weasel except one. Each claimed the egg and they quarrelled over it. In the end they agreed on one thing; the chick that came out of it was the loveliest.
Kathy Ellen Davis
Feb 24, 2013 Kathy Ellen Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Cute book about getting along!
I think children will REALLY relate to it!

Haiku Review:
Dot thinks she's the best.
Zinnea thinks she's the best.
What does the Egg think?
Erica Tucker
Apr 23, 2010 Erica Tucker rated it it was amazing
Zinnia and Dot are two hens that just can't seem to get along. Through an encounter with a weasel, the two hens realize that they need each other.
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