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Ormerod, Jan., Illustrated by Author

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ISBN 10: 0688060587 / ISBN 13: 9780688060589
Published by NY: LL&S, (1986), 1986
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Hard Cover. FINE in a FINE Dustjacket. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Bookplate SIGNED by Author. 26 pages, boards. A cast of children act out the story of Chicken Licken as a stage play. Bookseller Inventory # 03098

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Publisher: NY: LL&S, (1986)

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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"Chicken Licken" is retold with illustrations of school children performing the story as a play on stage.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-K Ormerod's World-Mother-Goose-Theater-treatment of The Story of Chicken Licken is a little disappointing. She presents the old story as a class (perhaps kindergarten) play: the narrator dressed in a top hat and bow tie, all of the bird costumes obviously put together from old clothes and cardboard-and-construction-paper masks. Ormerod's reporting of this ritual of childhood is the book's most appealing feature. Each double page is designed so that three-fifths of the horizontal spread is on the stage and two-fifths is the audience (with a baby carrier in the foreground). Readers view the book as if watching from the back of the theater (or gym), so they view three arenas in each spread: the baby (who eventually climbs up on the stage) in the foreground, the backs of the audience in silhouette and the action on stage. All three focuses are story lines in themselvesthere is just too much going on. Having one's eye drawn in so many directions, it is difficult to give any attention to the text, and the story loses any sort of the momentum so necessary in a cumulative tale such as "Chicken Licken." In the end, the telling of the story becomes merely a fragmented part of the work. It's not a good version of the story, and it's not good Jan Ormerod, either. There is a neither here nor thereness about the book that makes one wonder just what to do with it. Christina Olson, Beverly Hills Public Library
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