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Medio Pollito/Half Chicken

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In this enchanting bilingual folktale about the creation of the weather vane, an unusual chicken sets out for adventure. Half-Chicken, who has one eye, one leg and one wing, has many adventures that take him far and wide--until he's carried straight to the top in this lively retelling of a traditional folktale.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 11th 1997 by Dragonfly Books (first published 1995)
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Apr 05, 2016 Mariah rated it liked it
This was a cute book! My 2nd graders really enjoyed it.
Sep 05, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
One of our reading selections for school. It was just weird. And creepy. It's a half a chicken. With half an eye, half a face, half a beak, half a body, and one leg. And he hops around. And he's a jerk. Yes, it's a legend, so it teaches the historical significance of stories becoming a part of one's culture, but seriously, there wasn't something better out there? And my 5 yr old was like, wind doesn't talk! Fire doesn't talk! Water doesn't talk! I don't like this, Mom! So, I guess it was okay. I ...more
Megan Cureton
This book explains the story of the weather vane and how its story came to life. One day, a chicken gave birth to baby chickens, except one was having a hard time hatching. When it finally hatched, a chicken came out with only one leg, one eye, one wing, and only half as many feathers as the others. The others soon started talking about him and he became well known. So he decided it was his time to leave town and head to the court of viceroy. On his way, he encounters some things and ends up as ...more
I like how it shows the chicken doing good deeds and that it has a happy ending. I think its creative to have a folktale about weather vanes. I would use this book to talk about manners and about helping others. I liked this book. I also liked how it had the Spanish translation on other pages.
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Reading Level
Grade level Equivalent: 4.2
Lexile Measure: 640L
DRA: 34
Guided Reading: O
Character and Valu
Nov 15, 2012 Callie added it
Grade/interest level: Upper Elementary (3-5)
Reading level: Fountas-Pinnel O/Lexile 640L
Genre: Traditional Literature/Multicultural

Main Characters: Half Chicken, Water, Fire, Wind
Setting: Mexican Ranch, Great Plaza in Mexico City

This is a Spanish folktale about a special baby chicken was born with only one wing, one eye, one leg, and half as many feathers as the other chicks. This chicken was named half-chicken. Because he was so much different than all of the other chickens, he decided
Haydee Romero
Half-Chicken is a folktale that originates from Spain. The tale is about Half-Chicken who is rushing to Mexico City to see the King but makes time to help a few friends along the way. The friends, which are the three of the four elements (wind, fire, and water), are the ones who rescue him from becoming diner in return for his help. Half-Chicken is a story for the weathercocks that stand on barns. The story is a cute little tale that can be read when teaching the four elements to help remember t ...more
Mar 20, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
This is a Mexican folktale about how an unusual chicken becomes a weather vane. This half-chicken is a legend in his little town, but he does not get the regal reception when he goes to the Viceroy's court. A humbling experience for him, but he is now a legend for all time. The illustrations add to this story. I loved reading this book, and love that on one page is the story in Spanish and on the other page is the English version of the story. Great for a classroom for English Language Learners.
Dec 09, 2011 Dee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Donna, my rooster friend
Shelves: bilingual, folk-tales
I am really loving these folk-tales. I now can say I know how those weathercocks came to be. I loved the picture where all the little chicks are hatching and running around peeping and flapping their little wings. This may have been a tale of vanity but I saw it more as a tale of helpfulness. When little Half-chick needed help his helfpful deeds were repaid. I can't wait to be out driving and see a weather vane so I can tell the story to someone. Again, the illustrations were so colorful and you ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Tonya rated it it was amazing
I love this story! The kids seem to like it too. It's a bilingual story about how the weather vane came to be. Next time I use this story I will try adding Los Pollitos the song portion of class.
Mar 31, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
With only one leg, one eye, half a beak, and half a body, Half-Chicken sets out on an adventure. Throughout this story, the tale of how the weather vane came to be is told. The tale is very interesting and a fun way to see how stories can be altered. This is a fun way to introduce the elements wind, fire, and water to students. It is also a bilingual text having English and Spanish on each page.
Andrea Campbell
Apr 13, 2015 Andrea Campbell rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore, spanish
This is the story about a folktale of a half-chicken who is very helpful and rewarded for his good deeds.
Mar 03, 2015 Tammy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tammy by: Mrs. Caldwell
Shelves: children, fiction
Assigned reading for Greta's second grade class.
Apr 14, 2016 Ranee rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute and funny.
Aug 19, 2013 Shannon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
As I mentioned in my review of Alma Flor Ada's THE LIZARD AND THE SUN, I really enjoy legends that haven't been done to death in kidlit. I didn't love the art in this book, but I'm fascinated by the story, a reverse twist on the LITTLE RED HEN tale.

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Nov 30, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This is the Spanish folktale (updated and adapted as a colonial Mexican version) explaining the creation of the first weathervane, and progresses with the familiar pacing of the folktale. The clever Mediopollito makes friends with the elements by helping them in a time of need, and they return the favor when his own fortunes turn around. Much fun!
Diane J
Feb 09, 2012 Diane J rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is funny because is about a pollito that turns
in a veleta.
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