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Chickens to the Rescue

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,557 ratings  ·  199 reviews

Meet the most heroic chickens in town!
On Monday, Farmer Greenstalk dropped his watch down the well. . . .
On Tuesday, Mrs. Greenstalk was too tired to make dinner. . . .
Who will help the poor Greenstalk family? Chickens to the rescue! The amazing chickens on the Greenstalk farm race to help various family members and farm animals e
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Henry Holt & Company
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From my blog, where it is considerably easier to post pictures:

How can you not be enchanted by these chickens?

The Greenstalks seem to be having a rash of trouble this week. First, a watch down the well

then a lack of dinner

followed by a missing book report,

Ernie the duck going joyriding,

Milky the cow stuck in the tree,

lost sheep,

and a spilled breakfast.

Thankfully, the chickens are there to save the day!

Minimal text, silly humor, clever illustrations remi
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
Whereas Himmelman's Katie Loves the Kittens was perfectly realistic, these super chickens are ridiculous and silly. But in an awesome way!

Warning: may cause uncontrollable urge to repeatedly shout "CHICKENS TO THE RESCUE!"

Or maybe that's just me.
Mrs. Wynn
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: primary, picture-book
I had to take a second look at this book and put aside my "adult-ness." For some reason, this book didn't click with me at first. After the second reading, I could see a bit more humor in it. I just hadn't take the time to study the illustrations. Gosh!

So, Farmer Greenstalk drops his watch into the well on Monday. The chickens RUSH onto the scene, dressed (some of them) in bathing suits--one and two-piece!--swim fins, masks, bathing caps, wet suit, bishing pole...Pretty funny, okay, I get it! :-
Mandy Scheuren
Apr 14, 2010 added it
Shelves: pb-1
In this book, Farmer Greenstalk is faced with a dilemma; his watch falls down the well! Who is there to help Farmer Greenstalk? The chickens of course! Farmer Greenstalks wife was too tired to make dinner, who solves this issue? The chickens! Throughout this story, there are problems when the doge eats homework, a cow blowing into a tree, and sheep wandering off the farm. The chickens were always there to assist in any way to patch up and repair the troubles! When Emily Greenstalk spills her bre ...more
Very fun, with great promise in a preschool storytime. They can join in on the "Chickens to the Rescue" chorus, and enjoy the twist at the end. Fun details in the illustrations (even the characters' expressions!) that a big group might miss. But they'll still enjoy it.

1/9/13 & 1/10/13 Good choice. The kids in both groups liked it. They didn't really join in much with me, which I thought they would. Oh well. As long as they liked it!

10/8/14 Opener for chicken theme. My new kids aren't very expres
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE the illustrations in this book. The chickens are wearing swimsuits and scuba gear when they recover the farmer's watch from the well. Their expressions are priceless as they prevent duck from making a get away in the farmer's truck. The chickens are hilarious as they save the day over and over again.

Could use for reading comprehension strategies predictions & inferences.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Those are some chickens.
Rachael Terry
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Simple sentences, fun illustrations. Children have fun yelling 'chickens to the rescue' every couple pages. ...more
Jessica Calaway
May 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
Reading age
2 - 6 years
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Reinforces days of the week. Cute book.
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Adina Senft
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“On Monday, Farmer Greenstalk dropped his watch down the well … Who will come to the rescue? Would you believe … chickens? Believe it! The amazing chickens on the Greenstalk farm race to help various family members every day of the week … every day until Sunday, that is, when Emily Greenstalk has a little trouble. John Himmelman’s expressive illustrations make the most of each heroic chicken moment.”

I admit it: I adore picture books. The only thing better than a picture book is a picture book ab
Olivia S
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I grabbed this book while looking for another one, because how could I resist a title like this? This book is hilarious and adorable. I gave it one less star, because farmed animals =/= vegan, but I just loved it anyway. I have two favourite parts of this book. One is the amazing, clever, funny illustrations of rescue chickens solving every problem. The second, is the repeated refrain of "Chickens to the rescue!", love that exclamation mark. I also love the ending. I think this would work better ...more
Farmer Greenstalk & his family are incredibly lucky to have such amazing chickens! The plucky poultry retrieve a watch from a well, cook dinner, rewrite a chewed up book report, bring back a stolen truck, rescue a cow from a tree, and bring home lost sheep. Chickens to the rescue! But by Sunday, they are tired and deserve a rest. ...Pigs to the rescue!

This hilarious tale of resourceful hens had the preschoolers in my storytime cackling with glee. We practiced saying the repeated phrase, "Chicken
Stellar  Nursery
At first I thought this was a “read once, return to library” book. A book that might be trying too hard to be silly. But Button loved it and after multiple rereads I began to see the appeal—you notice after the tenth read that the chickens actually liberate their own eggs from the fridge. Nothing they serve the farmer’s wife has eggs in it! It’s the sly humor that won me over. Being the intended audience, Button recognized the wit right away.
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute little book that can also be found on Overdrive in ebook format. It seems very popular too which makes sense because it's all about animal fun that starts in the barnyard but goes beyond! ...more
Suzanne Kunz Williams
I think we could all use a little help. Too bad we don't have some of the delightful creatures in John Himmelman's Barnyard Rescue series!

**Talking Points - What types of help would you want? What types of help do you think your parents would appreciate?
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a good thing the Greenstalks have these chickens around to retrieve watches from wells, to make dinner, to write book reports and more. Just don't ask them to do anything on Sunday.

Delightful, detailed illustrations.
Apr 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime
Such a fun and silly story for interactive storytime (children can bock and flap around like chickens when they come to the rescue). The illustrations are adorable and funny. However, all the human characters are white, and only heteronormative gender roles are shown.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Silly chickens. I giggled at every page. The illustrations are just so fun and creative. They really convey the chaos of the chickens!
Previous to this, I had only read "Cows to the Rescue" and I enjoyed this one much more. ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
These chickens can do anything! Preschoolers can easily participate by yelling, "Chickens to the rescue!"
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
All sorts of calamities happen on the farm and who's there to fix it all? Chickens!

Good for preschool or toddler storytimes, though the kids will see much more with a one-on-one reading.
Milton Louie
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-children
More for older children. Pre-school not sure. B
Tracy Schillemore
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book has very little text but is high enough interest that you could get away with it with a slightly older crowd. Humorous.
Delia Constantino
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
simple and sweet. Very quick story with repetitive phrasing ("Chickens to the Rescue!"). Could be good as a super quick preschool storytime or bedtime read ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adore this series. The helpful farm animals are just as awfully helpful as the other two book in the series. One of my favorite children's books. ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The kids LOVED this book. I read this while the kids had shaker eggs and each time the hilarious chickens came to the rescue, we went crazy with the shakers. It was so much fun.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story for children. Reinforces the concepts for helping others and the days of the week.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story that tells how the chickens on the Greenstalk's farm help out a member of the family or farm each day of the week when it looks like trouble could be taking the lead. ...more
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John Himmelman is the author and illustrator of more than sixty books for children, including Chickens to the Rescue. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

According John's Facebook page, he has been "making up stories and scribbling pictures since I could hold a crayon in my hand. It became my job in 1981, when my first book, "Talester the Lizard" was published during my last year in college (S

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