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Chicks and Salsa

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What happens at Nuthatcher Farm when the chickens get tired of the same old chicken feed? The rooster hatches a plan! With a pinch of genius, a dash of resourcefulness, and a little pilfering from the farmer's garden, the chickens whip up a scrumptious snack of chips and salsa. When the rest of the barnyard gets a whiff of the spicy smells and want to join in, it can mean ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published 2005)
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Jenny
Chickens, ducks, and pigs find a way to spice up their traditional slop food by adding a few special ingredients! The hilarious and bold watercolor illustrations really make this book come alive for me. Also, this book could be a vocabulary word study text, as it has some excellent words: aromas, satisfied, cuisine, enticing, pilfered, sumptuous, and savory. The sneaky mice in this book bring a special element to the plot; on every page, you can see that they are involved in some sort of spy wor ...more
Sheniqua
The chickens of Nuthatcher Farm were sick of chicken feed, so the rooster stepped in to solve this problem himself. The chickens along with the rooster began sneaking into the garden for tomatoes and onions to make a much more exciting and satisfying meal: salsa. Eventually word spread and even the ducks and pigs began creating their own dish. I love the humor in the book especially when the bull practices his dance for the fiesta but no one knows where he got the sombrero from. I love the vivid ...more
Christina Hyde
This book was so entertaining and fun. The story centers around a rooster on a farm who, hearing the complaints of the animals who are tired of eating the same food over and over, takes things into his own "hands". The theme of this book is "variety is the spice of life" and the author's tone is that new things should be exciting and eaten often.

The puns and cultural references will keep you laughing long after the book is over.The food puns such as "hog wild nachos", "quackamole", and "rooster
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Last Ranger

Ole! Let's Party!

Is the same old diet getting you down? Need a change of menu? Follow Rooster's adventures as he tries to spice things up in the old barnyard. This delightful book is just right for aspiring readers, kindergarten-age 7 or so. The art work is splashy and colorful like a Fiesta, should be a lot of fun for any child and parents as well. And there's kind of a mystery too: who's supplying the animals with all the ingredients for the party? Do we have a secret agent on the Nuthatcher f
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Megan
This book is about farm animals who get tired of their normal food. I like using this book with my ESL students because it has repetition and many new vocabulary words. It also has many dishes that my Latino students are familiar and they get excited when they read/hear them. Then, they always want to make a personal connection to the story as well. This book can range from late primary to upper elementary (because of some of the higher level vocabulary terms.)
Lynnea
I added this to my "to read" list over a year ago when I read about "what a great book this is for children." Yeah, it was kind of funny but I didn't see anything exceptional about it - sorry.
Jill
So cute and quirky!
Matt
Chicks and Salsa: written by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Paulette Bogan
Monarch Award Nominee for 2009
Recommended for grades 1st-3rd
“Chicks and Salsa”, is a brilliantly colored book, that tells a story of what the animals on the Nuthatcher farm did when they became tired of their regular feed. Board with eating feed everyday, the Rooster, hero of the story, hatches a plan to take tomatoes, onion and other ingredients from the farmer’s garden to make salsa. The other animals learn of this and w
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Leslie Brevard
Monarch Award Winner for 2010
Chicks and Salsa
5 stars
1st – 3rd grades
The illustrations in this book were perfect. The colors were vivid and bold which fit the story very well. There were many added details from the spider and spider web in the barn to the flies around the pond. Even though it was a cartooning the picture was also realistic. The text was great, it was also neat how there was a little mystery how the animals got their certain things including the chips, nacho cheese, and the avocad
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Sandy
Okay, I loved it! I have to admit I love a book that thinks outside the box and this one definitely did. The chickens started it all with getting tired of their chicken feed and the rooster took it upon himself to tackle the problem. After watching TV on the fence outside of Mrs. Nuthatcher window, the rooster decides he's going to help the chickens make salsa. Out to the garden the rooster and chickens march, pulling up tomatoes and onions and later than evening, they dine on salsa. Hummm, "nob ...more
J-Lynn
One day, a group of farm chickens decide they are tired of their plain feed and the Rooster spies of the farmer’s wife to learn how to make salsa. This leads to each of the farm animals to make various Latin foods. When they decide to all get together and have a fiesta, their plans are foiled because the farmer and his wife have used all of the vegetables in the garden. That doesn’t stop the enterprising Rooster who finds a French recipe for crepes.

This is a fun, interactive read aloud with brig
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Ronda
I found that my students liked this one better when I pointed out some of the activities going on in the pictures, such as the pig stealing Mrs. Nuthatcher's sandwich on the title page, the pig's face turning bright red from eating a hot pepper, and things like that. I also found that they seemed to enjoy it more when I editorialized to define a few things they weren't familiar with, such as explaining what "slop" was and that "enticing aromas" meant "really good smells". The groups that had the ...more
Hailey
Oct 24, 2008 Hailey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: little kids, but also people who like fun books that they can enjoy
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Emily
What do the farm animals do when they're hungry? Throw a fiesta of course! This book creatively goes through various farm foods and animals to tell a story that would leave my students laughing (and wanting some salsa!). This book would be a useful took for discussing farm animals, foods, and traditions of different cultures and ethnicities.
Rachel
A very cute book! When the chickens decide they're tired of their normal fare, the rooster begins watching the cooking channel through the farmhouse window and learns how to make salsa. The other animals on the farm start making their own Mexican food and have a fiesta!

This book is a great book to teach context clues and alliteration.
Juliana Lee
Aaron Reynolds and Paulette Bogan work together to concoct a spicy international feast for the reader. Pick up a copy to enjoy today. And just in case it whets your appetite for your own Mexican feast, there are recipes at the end of the story for Hog Wild Nachos, Quackamole, and Rooster's Roasted Salsa. Ole!
Whitney Roberts
I thought this book was absolutely hilarious. I loved the illustrations and how there were pictures within the picture. This book incorporated music and dancing in a way I had never seen before and made lots of clever plays on words. I loved it.
Julia
Aaron Reynolds is just a really energetic and funny guy and it comes across in all of his books. This is an older title that I just hadn't gotten to before and it's funny! Good for a preschool storytime or to just read with your children at home.
Katie (Katrina) Means
Wonderful book about barnyard animals who decide to experiment with their food. Wonderful illustrations and a great story about new foods and includes different herbs and garden fare.
Candace Kovar
So very creative!!!! The kids loved this book, and I had a hard time reading the book because I wanted to laugh so hard. This was such a great interactive read aloud.
Anita
Apr 30, 2008 Anita rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with young children, especially picky eaters
Shelves: children-s
My two older children really enjoyed this book because these animals are doing something that the children know animals shouldn't be doing. They laughed when they saw the illustrations and when they saw how the animals were getting certain items, like chips for the salsa. There isn't really a moral to the story. It's just a fun book which also can help children realize that it's okay to try some new foods. Something different than the same old thing they always eat. Also, on the hardcover editio ...more
Jenny
This is a fun read. The illustrations are clever and you have to look for the things that aren't obvious. Hint: Look to see what the mice/rats are doing.
Stephanie Croaning
This is a fun story about barnyard animals of Nuthatcher Farm who get tired of their usual food. Led by the ingenious rooster, the animals branch out and try different southwestern dishes. The illustrations are colorful and cartoon-like and fit the tone of the story very well. Each page has some wonderfully funny characters that are almost hidden in the scene. It is definitely fun to find the mice, spiders, and cat, and it helps to solve the mystery of how the animals get some of their supplies! ...more
Jacqueline Nieto
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and consider it a fun read. I noticed it's potential to expose children to high level vocabulary terms.
Joanna
Adorable illustrations, farm animals request a new menu.
Cemeread
a phrase to repeat and a helper to seek.
Cheyenne
Cute! The farm animals are sick of their food.
Magila
This was such a funny book that melds barnyard animals and food, you need to add it to your library. The Roosters were every bit as memorable as Cronin's Duck.

Destined to be one of your child's favorites, there is plenty of silliness and farcicality to discover on thus book's pages. The illustrations are fun, colorful, and completely appropriate to the themes and style. I had a few quibbles, but hardly worth covering.

We had a great time with this book, and you will too. A good one about commun
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Kim T.
Hilariously cute!
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