In Three Hens and a Peacock, written by Lester Laminack and illustrated by Harry Cole, everyone is happy at the Tucker farm until the arrival of a mysterious stranger throws the hens into an uproar of epic proportions. The newcomer is a comely peacock and even though the Tuckers are thrilled with the attention and sales he brings to the farm, the hens aren’t the least bit pleased with him stealing all of their thunder without doing any of the work. They cook up a job swap to prove their point – with comical results.
Quite possibly one of the cutest books that I have ever seen, and really timely for me right now. There have been an explosion of babies and baby showers in my life, and not only are books a great gift, but they are also one of the most highly requested items from moms-and-dads-to be. Before this book, I mostly had old classics) and books the kid would have to wait many years to read) to contribute, but now I have something that is totally adorable and shiny and new.
The interesting thing about children’s books is how the lessons imparted serve as reminders for the adults reading the books as well. I don’t know how many times I have heard and participated in speculation of who actually does what at work, and how much work their job actually entails. I find those kind of conversations to be a waste of time now, but it was funny to see the hens up in arms when they thought the peacock didn’t actually *do* anything, and a reminder that we often have no clue what it’s like to experience life from another person’s perspective. Mostly I just loved the drawings. The animal’s expressions cracked me up. Highly recommended.