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Chicks and Salsa

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  593 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
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 1st 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published 2005)
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Steve Holden
Apr 18, 2017 Steve Holden rated it liked it
I had a strange day where I was helping and rotating classrooms some today, and found myself with a new book and craft in a different room. This is a cute book, and the students associated it with a themed unit where they completed a fun craft upon finishing. It introduces some new terms, has a fun, silly premise, and is repetitive. I'm happy I checked it out and may use this some myself in the classroom.
Apr 17, 2017 Brittany rated it really liked it
The barnyard animals find a way to spice up their hum-drum everyday food. Cute story about spicing things up around the farm!
Oct 05, 2010 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: farm, multicultural, food
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
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
Apr 23, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
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.)
Jan 21, 2008 Lynnea rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
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.
Dec 22, 2007 Jill rated it really liked it
So cute and quirky!
Heather Gettys
Mar 20, 2017 Heather Gettys added it
Shelves: fiction
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Laura McLoughlin
Pretty silly book for a chicken themed story time.
Katie Ollenburger
Feb 22, 2017 Katie Ollenburger rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love the book, Chicks and Salsa!! I read this book to my little brother and it is such a fun read. The whole book is about a barnyard that gets tired of their regular food, and the decide to try and have a fiesta! The illustrations are by far the best part of this book. The animals are all very colorful, and the scenery is very pleasing to the eye. There is also a mouse on every page and kids really enjoy looking for the mouse with every page turned. I really think this book is fun ...more
Nov 11, 2009 Matt rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 27, 2013 Sandy rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 14, 2017 Dedra rated it it was amazing
This would be a fantastic book to pair with a cooking lesson or even just to read and try some different snack foods!
Leslie Brevard
Nov 05, 2009 Leslie Brevard rated it it was amazing
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
Christina Hyde
Feb 16, 2015 Christina Hyde rated it it was amazing
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
Last Ranger
Mar 05, 2014 Last Ranger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Mar 07, 2009 Ronda rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
Oct 24, 2008 Hailey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: little kids, but also people who like fun books that they can enjoy
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Becky B
The farm animals begin to get a little bored of their normal diets. So, thanks to the farmer's wife's obsession with cooking shows and the rooster's keen eyes, the chickens whip up some salsa, the ducks make guacamole, the pigs scrounge up nachos, and everyone's ready for a fiesta when the farmer and his wife swipe all the ingredients for their own tamales. But never fear, rooster has another idea...

A humorous book with some repetitive elements good for beginning readers. Warning this book may m
Stephanie Croaning
Sep 10, 2013 Stephanie Croaning rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Apr 30, 2008 Anita rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with young children, especially picky eaters
Shelves: childrens
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
Jul 29, 2015 Adam rated it really liked it
This is a cute book about some hens that were tired of their food and decided to spice things up by making some salsa! Inspired by the chickens, the ducks decide to gather ingredients and make guacamole. Soon, all the farm animals are having a fiesta :) This is a good resource for teachers to show students how authors use effective words and alliteration. For example, the author writes, 'the tasty tang of tomatoes,' and 'so many sumptuous, spicy, savory scents.' This amusing book would be a good ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Magila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Regina Castorena
Sep 28, 2016 Regina Castorena rated it it was ok
In a land not far away, a farmer maintains his farm. He feeds the chicks, cows and other animals in his pens. It's an ordinary farm with ordinary animals... Or is it?
One night the animals decide they were tired of regular slop, seeds, and grain. They wanted something a little more spicy. Salsa perhaps, guacamole? As they set up for a fiesta they work together to have a pen party. Wait, there was someone else uninvited, would they have to eat slop again or can they enjoy what they worked so hard
Emmeline Guest
Aug 30, 2009 Emmeline Guest rated it really liked it
A wonderful fiesta filled book!

The perfect book for your culinary inclined preschooler. The illustrations are bright and bold –a fiesta on each page - and the text is silly, simple, and teaches preschoolers about high quality ingredients like cilantro and jalapenos. Each page will have you and your little one shouting Ole!

Read this book, make some guacamole and salsa, and have a margarita (aqua fresca for the little one).


Feb 03, 2010 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Chicks and Salsa, by Aaron Reynolds, is another Illinois Monarch Nominee Book. The Kindergarten students were hungry for Mexican food once the story was finished! The chicks along with a few other barnyard critters are tired of eating the same old food on Nuthatcher Farm. The rooster discovers a way to change it and the fun & food begin! By the end of the book you'll be planning a Mexican meal and shouting, "ole!!"
Well, the chickens and other animals are tired of eating the same old same old. The rooster solves the problem and stops the anamial grumblings with some tasty dishes guaranteed to make you want to FIESTA! Don't all farm animals do that? The kids are sure to love this tasty treat. I read it for a few Kindergarten stories 4.23.2013 and 4.24.2013 and the kids seemed to like, but not as well as Little Red Hot by Eric A. Kimmel or Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin.
Oct 08, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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.
Natalie Schmitt
Apr 22, 2012 Natalie Schmitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece-3601
The chickens on Nuthatcher Farm start a trend. They are tired of their chicken feed and the rooster helps them make salsa. Soon after the rooster is helping all of the other animals make something on Nuthatcher Farm. This book could be used to introduce how writing starts off as a plan then continues on to something great, just like what happened to the animals.
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