Friday, May 20, 2011

Children's Book Review: Three Hens and a Peacock

Three Hens and a Peacock
 In Three Hens and a Peacock, a brightly colored peacock arrives on the farm and the three hens are none too pleased.  They wonder how difficult it could be to preen and prance down by the road to attract customers to the farm's egg sale.  So the farm hound dog brokers a job swap and the peacock heads into the hen house to try to lay eggs while the hens get gussied up and head down to the road to lure in the passersby.  Everyone soon learns things are not so easy on the other side of the fence . . .

This delightful children's book conveys an important message about the dangers of making assumptions about others and also the importance of taking pride in what you do well rather then envying other's talents.  Beyond the story, however, are beautiful illustrations in bright colors which quickly captivate (I love the hens' expressions on the cover!).  In fact, the story became secondary to the illustrations - on each page, there is so much to explore and talk to a child about in the illustrations. I definitely recommend this book for the little ones in your life!

This book is recommended for Ages 4-8 (I think a 4 year old would enjoy the story and pictures while an 8 year old could read the story aloud)

Thank you to Emily at Peachtree Publishers for sending a copy of the book for review.


  1. This book sounds so good for so many reasons. Love the message but also love the cover!

  2. Looking for a childs book about a Peacock hosting a party and didn't want to invite numerous friends for varied reasons till he had no friends to invite. Do you by chance know the title of this book? Thanks Joy