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Medio Pollito/Half Chicken

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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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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
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
Dec 09, 2011 Dee rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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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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
I think that this book is funny because is about a pollito that turns
in a veleta.
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Dr. Ada was the founder and First Editor in Chief of :
NABE, Journal of the National Association for Bilingual Education

She has been active for many years in various professional associations including : IRA, International Reading Association
CRA, California Reading Association
CABE, California Association for Bilingual Education
USIBBY, US Branch of the International
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