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Early in the morning, down on the farm, a new day was dawning, peaceful and calm . . . until Hen discovers that one of her chicks is stuck in the mud!

How many animals will it take to pull Chick out of the mud?

A fun-packed farmyard romp with a surprise foldout ending!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by Walker Childrens (first published March 1st 2007)
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Miss Pippi the Librarian
Chick #10 is missing! Mother Hen finds her baby stuck in the mud. She pushes and pulls to try to save her little chick. Other farm animals jump in the mud to try to unstick the baby chick. The funny twist at the end is sure to make you chuckle!

An excellent book to share with others. The text repeats itself so it would be great for early readers as well. Adding counting to the reading is also a great way to stretch out the fun. This story could also be adapted to a flannel board, too.

Theme: Dirt
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Tasha
Early one morning, a hen notices that one of her chicks is stuck in the mud. She pushes and shoves, but can't get the chick out and then finds herself stuck too! One by one, more animals join them stuck all together in the mud. All push and strain to get unstuck, but all are trapped. All except one! The little chick who started the mess!

The art here is so funny and inviting. Done in a cartoon style that will make small children right at home, it is perfectly paired with the zany text that will h
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Rachael
This was such a cute little story to read. I love how all of the farm animals get stuck in the mud while trying to help the hen. The ending is funny because all along the chick wasn't stuck in the mud, but just wanted others to pay attention to him or her and play.
Kaycee Greenwood
Stuck in the Mud revolves around barn animals and chick that get stuck in the mud. The pictures big and colorful. This would be an awesome book to introduce barn animals to children.
(NS) Lisa
Early in the morning, down on the farm, a new day is dawning, peaceful and calm,” calm that is until Hen counts her chicks and discovers that one has disappeared—again. She finds the little chick in the middle of the farmyard, stuck deep in the mud. Responding to the hen's squawks, " My poor little chick!" "He's stuck in the mud!" Cat, Dog, Sheep, Horse and even Farmer run to the rescue, only to find themselves trapped and muddy.
The rhyming text, and the repetition of characters pushing, pullin
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Anna
At the farm, a hen misses one of her baby chicks. Her baby is stuck in the mud and the mama hen goes to help. Soon she is stuck in the mud as well. One by one, the other farm animals try to help, but everyone gets stuck in the mud.

But then, it turned out that the baby chick was never stuck! He was just playing in the mud.

Featured at the Huntsville Public Library Story Hour--"Mud and Dirt" theme, July 2013.

Sean rated the book 8 stars.
Bryce gave it 10 stars.
Obviously a hit!
Monique Williams
This is another great rhyming book. Each farm friend helps the other farm friend who gets stuck in the mud. The first farm friend stuck is the baby chick, it turns out at the end the baby chick was never stuck in the mud but she didn't tell anyone until everyone else was stuck in the mud. The animals were working together.

Learning Experience: This is a book that you could use to teach teamwork. We could do a game that would require communication and teamwork to solve.
Kris
One morning, Hen wakes to find one of her chicks is "stuck in the mud, and the mud's deep and thick!" As animal after animal comes to the rescue, each gets stuck in the mud. Soon, the mud puddle is pretty full, so Chick jumps out - he was never stuck in the first place.

Cute for farm themes, cute for readers' theater, the easy rhymes and repetition make this a nice read-aloud where little ones can chime in, but nothing remarkably new.
J-Lynn
This book has a frantic, fun opening when a chicken gets caught in the mud, and as other animals come to help, they get stuck in the mud too. The rhythm is awkward, but young readers won't notice, and there is a fun ending where the smallest of the animals figures out what to do.

The pictures are brightly painted cartoons with exaggerated expressions on the animals. The title page and verso are an arial view of the farm
Lindsay
In this story, a mother hen's chick is stuck in the mud, and many animals come to try to rescue her baby. But the little chick has a surprise! I used this story as part of a mud-themed bilingual story time program. The kids really enjoyed saying the names of the animals and making all the animal sounds. I also really like the bright and cheerful illustrations. I will definitely use this book again.
Christina
Super fun children's book about a little chick that gets "stuck in the mud". Some of the other farm animals come to help the chick out and get stuck, but the little chick hops out and says "thanks for playing with me" it is a lot more fun that I described it, defiantly worth reading. It's a larger print book so it is a good one to read in a group.
Tdavis
Mar 03, 2011 Tdavis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Two - Kindergarten
The rhyming of the story and the sounds the different animals make emphasize phonological awareness, while the bold, simple text is great for demonstrating print awareness. Fun read!

Early Literacy Skills:

Narrative Skills
Phonological Awareness
Print Awareness
Print Motivation
Vocabulary
Janessa
This was a cute book. There was lots of color to the pictures as well as expressions. This little chick gets stuck in the mud and then gets everyone else stuck. He just wanted everyone to play in the mud with him. This could go along with a lesson about behaviors and how one person can affect a whole bunch of people.

Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I read and re-read this without understanding why it has received so many high star counts. And I don't understand why I am not tickled by the illustrations. Usually expressive faces and postures make me laugh but for some reason these feel a bit tiresome -- maybe they are just slightly "over the top"?
Tichina Fung-chung
Stuck in the Mud is a funny little tale about farm animals getting stuck in the mud and trying to help each other get out of the mud. I enjoyed reading this book because of the colorful illustrations and the silly rhyming. I think children of a smaller age would really love this book.
Danielle Simmons
A mischievous little chick causes a big uproar on a muddy farm. All the animals come together to help the hen get her chick out of the mud. All the animals become stuck and discover chick wasn't stuck at all. A humorous story that will have children chuckle. Semester II
Kati
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Samantha
A cumulative tale in which all the animals of the farm try to push and pull a little chick to free him from the mud. Is the chick really stuck? Nope, but now the rest of the farm is! A funny read aloud with acrylic illustrations for PreK-2.
Becky
This would be a good book to pair with the enormous turnip. Everyone rushes to help baby chick, who they think is stuck in the mud. As each of the farm creatures helps out, he/she gets stuck in the mud. A humorous story with a surprise ending.
Rebecca
May 07, 2010 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preschool and up
I didn't get this in time for "getting stuck" storytime, but it would have been perfect paired with Lisa Wheeler's Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum, or a variation on The Enormous Turnip. Fun surprise ending.
Verona
cute childrens book with clever rhyming verses about a chick that is 'stuck' in the mud(or so his mom thinks). surprise ending that will have you laughing.
Westerville
Becky says, "[W:]ould have been perfect paired with Lisa Wheeler's Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum, or a variation on The Enormous Turnip. Fun surprise ending."
Allison
The rhyming was cute, and I really liked the illustrations. Jordan wasn't terribly captivated, but she would occasionally join in on the repetition.
Felicia
This a cute book with a building pattern and repeating words. It has rhyming. Farm and animal sounds made the book fun for younger kids too.
Tricia
very cute story about a chick who is stuck in the mud and involves the entire barnyard in his extrication. may work well for outreach.
Amy Brown
Rhyming story about how a young chick is stuck in the mud and as each new animal comes to help get him out, they too get stuck.
Paula
In this cumulative, rhyming story, a little chick needs help from all his farmyard friends to get out of the mud.
Slytano
Love it. The book is large, the pictures are colorful, and the story is great. The ending is awesome.
Amanda
So much fun for storytime--pushing and pulling with all the animals. Great illustrations, too.
Marge
Sep 23, 2008 Marge added it
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See also pseudonym Hayley Daze.

Jane Elizabeth Clarke (born in 1954) is an English writer of children’s books and poetry. Her best known books include Gilbert the Great (illustrated by Charles Fuge) and Stuck in the Mud (illustrated by Garry Parsons). Jane has published over 45 books including works used for children's reading schemes in schools. CBeebies Bedtime Stories have featured two of Jane's
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