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The Wolf's Chicken Stew

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The wolf loves to eat more than anything in the world and one day he has a terrible craving for chicken stew. He spots a chicken who seems just right, but then he thinks how much more stew there will be if he fattens her up before dining himself. So he goes home and begins to cook all kinds of scrumptious food for the chicken to eat. A big surprise is in store for the wolf ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 16th 1996 by Puffin Books (first published 1987)
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Mar 08, 2009 Adam rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorites! I can't say Kasza's prose is remarkable or the illustrations are Caledcott material, but the plots are so memorable and engaging that each of her books has found an eternal spot on my favorites list.

Now don't get me wrong. The illustrations are great. Kasza's training in graphic arts comes shining through with the bold colors, clean layouts, and wonderful expressions on each animal's face.

In this story Wolf makes plans to capture poor Mrs. Chicken. The first part
Mar 25, 2009 Nadia rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a cute story I saw read to a class today. The teacher used it to help students understand and remember the beginning, middle and end of a story. It is about a wolf who decides to delay eating a chicken in order to fatten her up and eat later. To do this, he makes pancakes and cakes and all sorts of goodies and sends them to the chicken. After a while he goes to the chicken's house who is glad to see him and tells all of the 100 baby chicks in the house that 'Uncle Wolf' is here. The chic ...more
Wolf has got a long tail.
Shake that tail (Shake hips)
Shake that tail
Wolf has got a long tail
Shake that tail right now.

Wolf has got a great big jaw
Snap that jaw (Make a jaw with both arms and hands, Clap)
Snap that jaw
Wolf has got a great big jaw
Snap that jaw right now!

This little wolf went to the forest (Wiggle thumb)
This little wolf stayed home (Wiggle index finger)
This little wolf ate berries (Wiggle third finger)
This little wolf ate none (Wiggle ring finger)
This little wolf went (Wiggle pinky)
Feb 18, 2010 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, wolves
Awwwwww! What a ridiculously adorable story. :)

There once was a wolf who loved to eat more than anything else in the world and one day he got a craving for chicken stew, so he set off to find the perfect chicken. When he spotted one, he decided she needed to be fattened up a bit more, so the wolf started baking things for the chicken and leaving them outside her doorstep for her to eat. One day it was 100 pancakes, the next day 100 donuts and the next a 100 pound cake. The wolf decided the chic
Oct 03, 2010 Teri rated it it was amazing
Wolf loves to eat and decides that he would like some chicken stew. One day he spots Mrs. Chicken and decides to fatten her up and use her for his stew. Wolf sends her fattening treats like 100 doughnuts and 100 cakes, but the story takes an unexpected turn when he finally meets Mrs. Chicken and her baby chicks and realizes he has made new friends.

Audience/Age Level: K-3
Instructional Ideas:
ELA: Use to celebrate the 100th day of school; explore foreshadowing; create reader's theatre script; stude
This book is about a wolf that preys on this chicken everyday but instead of eating the chicken, the wolf gives the chicken various food to eat everyday. The wolf watches the chicken take the food with her in her house, and image her eating the food and gaining lots of extra weight that he could eat. In the end the wolf finds out that she wasn't eating any of the food but that she was giving the food to the children. She introduced the wolf to her children and they all because the best of friend ...more
Phuong Dao
Dec 05, 2010 Phuong Dao rated it really liked it
Shelves: language-art
This book is about a wolf who was trying to eat up the chicken. He waited and waited for the chicken to come by but then he had a thought. He wants to feed the chicken fat and big so he can make better soup. he then decided to make the chicken some pancake. When he knock on the door the chicken comes out and there were many other chick in there. The chicken told the chicks to say thank you to Mr. wolf. He melted and change his mind about eating them. This is a good book to teach children to love ...more
Another cute one by Kasza. While there were cute pictures, not all of them were as great as the fox book. Still a fun choice for preschool storytime with its story and twist at the end.

1/11/12 Went better than I expected in both groups. Simple pictures made the sweep able to a bit faster. All the yummy foods were fun to have the kids say if they liked or not. And I especially loved when we pretended to be the chicks and gave all the kisses. Even the second, smaller, shy group participated. They
Wolf is always hungry. One day he finds himself craving chicken stew. He finds a chicken that will fill his pot very nicely but she's a little to thin for his tastes. He goes home and bakes a hundred pancakes and takes them to her door. The next day he takes 100 doughnuts. The following evening it's a towering cake. Then he decides to go check on her. She must be fattened up by now. However, when she opens the door, she is exactly the same size. Her many, many chicks, however, are quite well-fed ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Alana rated it really liked it
The Wolf's Chicken Stew, written by Keiko Kasza, is on the NY Public Library 100 Picturebooks List. This is a story about a wolf who loves to eat more than anything else in the world. The wolf has a craving for chicken stew, and the reader follows along the wolf's journey of "fattening" up the chicken so that he can have more soup to eat. This was a funny and suspenseful story. There was a theme about "100", where the wolf would make 100 pancakes, and then 100 donuts, and finally a cake weighing ...more
Laura Komos
Feb 07, 2012 Laura Komos rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Love sharing this one on the 100th day of school!
Jun 17, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: fabel
Book type ;Fables
The book, “The Wolf’s Chicken Stew”, is a story about wolf that has a craving for chicken stew. He sees a chicken that he wants to eat, but he thinks that if the chicken is fat, he can make more stew. The wolf decides to do just that, so every night he would cook lots of treats for the chicken and put them near her front door. One night the wolf stopped by to see how fat the chicken had gotten, and to his surprise, the chicken caught him. Inside the house he saw many chicks and
Hannah Edwards
Aug 29, 2012 Hannah Edwards rated it it was amazing
The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza was my all time favorite book when I was little. I would recommend this book for any kindergarten through third grade reader, it is a fairly simple read with a couple words on the more difficult side but not anything that a student K-3 wouldn't understand. The pictures in the book were very descriptive, colorful when necessary, and really set the scenes. The best part about the book is the fact that it does not end up the way the wolf had planned it to be. ...more
In the story, "The Wolf's Chicken Stew," The Wolf was determined to have chicken stew, so he thought by cooking a lot of food and sending it to Miss Chicken he would fatten her up. Little did Wolf know he was actually providng food for Miss Chicken's one hundred baby chicks. When Wolf found out that he was actually helping out, his whole demeanor changed; so he decided he would continue cooking for the family of chickens. This is a good book for teaching children how to share and help out friend ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, food-cooking
A cute story about a very hungry wolf who decides that he wants chicken stew. He finds a chicken but thinks he can fatten it up by feeding it every night. So he bakes different goods and leaves at the chickens house at night. He comes back ready to take the chicken, and instead of finding a plump chicken he finds that the hen was a mother with dozens of chicks that loved wolf for his cooking. The wolf decides not to eat the chicken but instead bakes more for the chicks.

Nov 27, 2012 Katharine rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
The wolf loved to eat all the time, one day he craved a chicken stew. So he went out searching for a chicken and found one. Before he decided to grab her, he decided she needed to be fattened up. So, for three nights he left different food on the front of her house. Pancakes the first night, doughnuts the second, and a big cake on the third. He thought that for sure she would be huge after eating all that food, so he went to her house ready to cook her. When he got there, the chicken revealed th ...more
Paul Candeias
The story of The Wolf's Chicken Stew is about a wolf who is hungry so he decides to send alot of food to this chicken so that he can fatten her up. Well to the wolf's surprise the chicken is actually using that food to feed all her baby chicks. So the wolf decides to continue to bring food over to help out the mother chicken.

Lesson: This book helped to teach the value of sharing and friendship, I would do a lesson about sharing and just teach the importance of sharing and the consequences of bei
Dec 05, 2012 Magila rated it really liked it

Slightly less awesome to me than My Lucky Day, it's still easy to see why this book won such great renown. It reads like a fable, maybe a Japanese one with which Western audiences are less familiar. There is a great message about compassion and acts of service to be found in this picture book, and the illustrations are colorful and engaging.

A book that both children and their parents will enjoy, in the middle picture book stage. Easy to see why this book is a classic in its own right.

A hungry wolf tries to fatten a chicken up for the chicken stew he is craving. For three nights he bakes loads of goodies such as pancakes, donuts, and a cake and leaves them outside the chicken's door.

On the next night, he is surprised to find the chicken hasn't grown in size, rather her baby chicks had enjoyed all of his delicious goodies. They swarm him and show their appreciation, turning a bad wolf into a good guy who's planning to bake a batch of cookies.

Great read aloud with soft waterc
Tiffany Pitts
Jul 16, 2013 Tiffany Pitts rated it really liked it
The wolf loves to eat more than anything in the world and one day he has a strange craving for chicken stew. He spots a chicken who seems just right, but then he thinks how much more stew there will be if he fattens her up. He goes home and begins to unleash his brilliant plan. But a big surprise is in store when the wolf finally visits Mrs. Chicken to collect his meal.

The writing craft that the author used is endings. Specifically, the author did an exceptional job at creating an ironic ending
We all loved this book. Probably around a level 1 reading book, I read this to the kids at lunch. When mouths have food in them, it tends to be quieter, not much, but a little. My 3 yr old twins loved this as well as my 5 yr old. It was engaging, and adorable, with an ending we didn't really see coming. A nice twist that kept all interested, this is a great addition to any children's collection.
Paul Farbman
Jan 21, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teachers and young children
Recommended to Paul by: Terry Benton
Shelves: 00-in-class
I really enjoyed this story. It's about a wolf who is trying to fatten a chicken up for stew. One of the most unique characteristics of this book is a surprising turn of events at the end.

I enjoyed the illustrations. They added to the story, but I feel that more color in the background could have made them a little more interesting.

In schools, this book is great for 100 day celebrations due to several quantities of food named that are equal to 100.
Shelby Royalty
This book reminded me of an Aesops Fable, simply because of the story. This book would be good for younger elementary, although all children could enjoy this story. In the story, a wolf decides that he wants chicken stew, so he brings a chicken lots of food to fatten her up. At the end, when the wolf goes to catch the newly fattened chicken, he finds out that the chicken has been sharing her food with her babies. The wolf then feels bad for his plan, and changes his ways.
Mar 11, 2015 Annie rated it liked it
The Wolf's Chicken Stew is a cute picture story about a big bad wolf who doesn't turn out to be so bad after all. He wants to cook a tasty chicken stew, but he decides to fatten up the hen first. When he goes to see if she has fattened up, he discovers that the hen and all her chicks are super happy because he's been giving them such nice food. In the end, he decides not to cook the hen after all.

The pictures weren't anything impressive, nor were they bad either. They got the message of the stor
Britley Madsen
Jul 20, 2015 Britley Madsen rated it liked it
"The Wolf's Chicken Stew" is about a wolf who wants to make a stew with a chicken in it. He finds a chicken and wants to make the chicken bigger so he puts food at her door for her to eat. He learns that her chicks have been eating the food he has brought over. The texts in this book are in white space. This creates suspense for the reader. Without the pictures the reader would not know how the wolf was feeling. The colors are brown, green, blue, and white. I would read this book to a child to t ...more
May 13, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore
So, the chicken and the wolf are at it again. This time, the wolf is hungry for chicken, but the chicken is not fat enough for the wolf. To rectify this misfortune, Wolf decides to fatten chicken up by leaving anonymous treats for the chicken to eat each evening. After three days of heavy feeding, he decides to collect on his investment only to discover that the chicken hasn't been eating the treats, but spreading them among her chicks. Now, the wolf isn't looked upon as a predator, but a belove ...more
Andrew Stockle
In “The Wolf’s Chicken Stew” we meet this crazy wolf who has a craving for some chicken stew. In his attempt to fatten up the chicken the wolf prepares one hundred pancakes, doughnuts, and a hundred pound cake in hopes that the chicken will be nice, plump, and perfect for eating. On the final night when the wolf comes to the chicken’s house to check her progress he is surprised to find that the chicken has not gained any weight because she has been feeding the food by the hundreds to her hundred ...more
Maggie Sideris
Jun 02, 2016 Maggie Sideris marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
Title: The Wolf 19s Chicken Stew
Grade Level: 1st-5th
Summary: This book is about a wolf that loves to eat. One day he really wants chicken stew, so he searches for a chicken, and finally finds one. He wants to fatten the chicken up, so that he has more stew for himself, so he bakes the chicken a bunch of fattening things, and in the end it turns out that the chicken used the food the wolf brought her to feed her chicks.
Review: This was a very cute book. It was a very easy read so many first grade
Sep 23, 2016 Mohammad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-book
So good!
Oct 16, 2016 Cam rated it really liked it
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