Three Hens and a Peacock

Three Hens and a Peacock


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This hilarious book reveals what happens when some foolish farm animals decide to trade roles—and discover just how hard it is to do someone else’s job.
The Tuckers’ farm is a peaceful place. Everyone has a job and no one complains. That is, until a hapless peacock falls off the back of a passing truck and stirs things up. Soon, customers are flocking to the farm to see what all the fuss is about. But the hens don’t like the newcomer getting attention while they do all the hard work. The wise old hound sees the problem and helps orchestrate a job swap. What follows is the hilarious tale of three hens who get in way over their feathered heads, and one very distressed peacock who just can’t figure out how to lay an egg.
Lester L. Laminack has created a comical look at what happens when we underestimate the value of others’ work. Henry Cole’s delightful illustrations heighten the story’s humor and will have readers of all ages laughing out loud.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561457267
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Pages: 26
Sales rank: 215,101
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Lester L. Laminack is a specialist in children’s literacy and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. Laminack has written numerous books and articles for educators and is a familiar speaker at professional meetings and reading associations nationwide. He lives in North Carolina.

Henry Cole is the illustrator of more than ninety books for children, including bestsellers such as The Leprechaun’s Gold, Little Bo, and Tango Makes Three, and Oink!, in addition to many of his own books, such as A Nest For Celeste and Jack’s Garden. He lives in Florida.

Customer Reviews

Three Hens and a Peacock 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What happens when is beautiful peacock is dropped on to a farm and instantly starts bringing in more business than any other animal? Then hens get jealous! A hilarious picture book about jealousy and understanding your skills.
GRgenius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mr. and Mrs. Tucker had a farm and what a farm it was. They had hens and cows, a wonderful vegetable garden and a dog to add that finishing touch of charm and warmth to the bunch. Yes siree, it was a site to behold...but with the passing of time, it was slowly going the way of the telegraph; slipping into oblivion. After all, what¿s to grab the attention of passersby to a farm raised vegetable stand or fresh milk and eggs when the supermarket has all of these things and more at a ¿low-low-price-right-now -stop-on-down¿? They needed a little flash, a little panache; something to make them turn their heads and take notice before driving by to the local ¿discount store that shall not be named¿¿even if they weren¿t aware of it themselves; but what to do? One unlikely delivery later and we¿re well on our way to finding out¿With lively colored illustrations and a beautiful cover to match, I¿d say the picture portion of this book is well spoken for. Seriously! As much fun as the front is with the peacock wondering what in the world the hens are doing in his plumage, turning the book around reveals the ¿other end¿ of the story¿literally, you see the hens¿ backsides. That spirit of lively fun is carried forth within the book as well as the story of the newcomers adventure on the farm unfolds with misunderstandings, revelations, and smiles. There is no denying its wide appeal. Delving behind the cover, we find a dog with all the smarts, a peacock merely trying to find its place, a few well meaning but clueless humans¿and a few hens that are simply put, a riot. They are the driving force behind the antics that ensue as they wish to be the center of attention and deem the new comer a lazy show off that contributes nothing but a novelty for folks to see. Little do they know how hard a role he has, at least until they try to step into his ¿shoes¿ for a day¿to hilarious and eye opening results.The story itself shows us that we each have a purpose; no matter how big or small we (or it) may be. It¿s something made for us alone and although it may not be as flashy or glamorous as we may have hoped, it is still a vital part of the big picture; without us it sits in the corner, an unfinished masterpiece. Recommended reading for both the young and the young at heart; what the story doesn¿t do to raise your spirits, the illustrations will take care of along the way. Happy reading!
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tensions rise when a lost peacock turns up on the farm, taking the attention away from the hard-working, egg-laying chickens. Could it be that the peacock and the chickens play a different but equally important role in this farm's economic viability. We all have different talents, and we are more successful when we compromise, collaborate and play off each other's strengths.
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
Review: The children's book Three Hens and a Peacock will be sure to entertain pre-school through lower elementary classes. I would recommend this book to ages 4-10. It is a very colorful, fun to read book. My K4 students especially liked the bright colored peacock and the page that the peacock got stuck in a doorway. The girls in my class liked the page where the hens dressed up in pretty jewelry as they tried to get attention instead of doing their job in the hen house. My K4 class thought the story had a good ending because the hens and the peacocks went back to doing their jobs. The hens went back to laying eggs and the peacock helped bring customers to the farm by showing off its pretty feathers. (rev. M.Hicks, K4 Lead Teacher) Illustrator Henry Cole has given such personality to these birds. It is hilariously entertaining. The story told in short, easy to understand yet fully descriptive prose is delightful. DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was given to us by Peachtree Publishers in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.
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Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Another day on the Tucker's farm. The dog is snoozing on the porch, the hens are laying eggs and the cows are chewing their cud. That is until a truck passing by the farm has a crate fall off the bed of the truck cracking it open as it hits the ground and a peacock stumbles out of the crate. The peacock makes himself at home on the Tucker's farm but the he is at a lose as to what he is suppose to do on a farm. We all have talents or skills that are useful to our existence. What could the peacock do to be useful on a farm? So far, the three hens think the only thing he is good at is screaming and strutting his feathers. What good is the screaming and strutting? I know do you? Surely there is some way he can be useful on the farm. What makes you an asset at your home, school or job? We should all be thankful for what God has given us and put it to good use. Do you have a talent or skill? What is it? I really enjoy this book it is an good example as to the fact God has put every creature on this earth with a purpose. This book will open the child's imagination to see that the prissy peacock really was a benefit to the farm. The illustrations took the author's words and painted the perfect characters and scenery to complete the story for children of all ages to enjoy. I know I enjoyed Three Hens and a Peacock and will be sharing it with all my grandchildren. Disclosure I received a copy of this book from Peachtree Publisher for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It was my own opinion.