Kiki and the Cuckoo

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When Kiki sees the green and brown Kansas meadow laid out below him like a welcome mat, he knows just was to do- claim the meadow as his own, sing a beautiful meadowlark song, and attract a lovely meadowlark wife.

What could go wrong with such a simple plan for happiness?

Kiki quickly finds out, for no sooner has he rid his field of the troublesome Pekeat than another voice intrudes upon his territory: "Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!" And this challenger won't go away!

So begins Kiki's rivalry with the mechanical inhabitant of a clock- a rivalry that threatens Kiki's fondest dreams.

Kiki scolds the cuckoo. Kiki battles the cuckoo. Kiki even impersonates the cuckoo!

The story of how Kiki finally reclaims his meadow will delight children at at the same time teach a valuable lesson about competition and about the importance of choosing our contests with care.

Author Elizabeth Happy knows the meadowlarks. Every spring she looks out the window of her Kansas home and sees the yellow flash of their returning and hears them staking claims to the meadows around her house. Her witty story of one meadowlark's ordeal is gloriously enriched by Andra Chase's vibrant watercolors, detailing the grasses, the wildflowers, and the creeping, crawling, and feathered creatures of the Kansas prairie.

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The author, Elizabeth Happy, spent her childhood in South America, England and Germany, coming to the United States when she was fourteen. She was graduated from Columbia University, majoring in anthropology, and received an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she has taught writing and poetry. She has also been associated with the education department of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She lives in the Midwest and has published short stories and poetry for adults and a MarshMedia children's book, Bailey's Birthday.

Illustrator Andra Chase was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she attended the John McCrady Art School. She now lives in Kansas, where she has continued her study of art and art history and works as an illustrator and designer of printed media. Her paintings have been exhibited in juried and solo shows throughout the Midwest. Chase has illustrated numerous books for children, including Jomo and Mata, Bailey's Birthday, Inger's Promise, and Bea's Own Good.

Review:

A fine resource for discussing the potential dangers of competition... --Advisory List, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

The package provides a good resource for literature-based, whole language activities in the area of guidance. --School Library Journal

The package provides a good resource for literature-based, whole language activities in the area of guidance. --School Library Journal

The package provides a good resource for literature-based, whole language activities in the area of guidance. --School Library Journal

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