Caroline Arnold

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Caroline Arnold
Illustrator(s): Caroline Arnold
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
ISBN-10: 1580897358
ISBN-13: 9781580897358
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Category: Nonfiction

Hatching Chicks in Room 6

Synopsis:

In 21 days, chicks will hatch in Room 6! A hen laid the eggs. Mrs. Best brought them to school and put them in an incubator. Soon the chicks will PECK, PUSH, and POP! right out of their shells. The kindergarteners are counting down to hatching day. When it happens, they'll be ready.
Follow a classroom of kindergartners as they participate in a popular activity: hatching chicks. Readers learn about the life cycle of a chicken, incubating eggs, watching them hatch, and raising the chicks until they are old enough to return to the chicken coop. Simple text and close-up photographs tell the story. Back matter includes answers to questions about chicks, chick vocabulary, links to chicks online and further reading about chicks.

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Lane M Arnold said on 10/25/2017:
Hurray for this new book!
Melissa Stewart said on 10/25/2017:
What a great idea for a book! Clear text, great photos. Kids are going to love this.
Tim Canny said on 10/18/2017:
Simple but compelling idea for a book. I'm jealous of the kids in Room 6! Good luck with your BookStop!
Lucy Grimm said on 10/18/2017:
Wonderful story, Congrats!
Alexis O\'Neill said on 10/17/2017:
The photos in this book are fabulous! I also love the design, with a narrative plus expository pull-outs. Perfect to accompany chick-hatching classroom projects.
Judy Cox said on 10/16/2017:
Cute book! Looking forward to seeing you in Eureka!

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As I followed the chick hatching story in the classroom I took thousands of photos in order to get just the right ones for the book. Neither the chicks nor the children stayed still for long!
My secret: have a good camera (I used a Sony Cybershot) and LOTS of patience.






In 21 days, chicks will hatch in Room 6! A hen laid the eggs. Mrs. Best brought them to school and put them in an incubator. Soon the chicks will PECK, PUSH, and POP! right out of their shells. The kindergarteners are counting down to hatching day. When it happens, they'll be ready.
Follow a classroom of kindergartners as they participate in a popular activity: hatching chicks. Readers learn about the life cycle of a chicken, incubating eggs, watching them hatch, and raising the chicks until they are old enough to return to the chicken coop. Simple text and close-up photographs tell the story. Back matter includes answers to questions about chicks, chick vocabulary, links to chicks online and further reading about chicks.

Caroline Arnold is the award winning author of 160 books for children, including recent titles Hatching Chicks in Room 6, a JLG Premier Selection; A Day and Night in the Rain Forest in her Habitats series; and, A Polar Bear’s World, illustrated with her own cut paper art. A noted science writer, she has had thirty-three titles on the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books list. Her books are inspired by her travels, her love of animals, fossils, and the out-of-doors. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
"I love to do author visits at schools.Three years ago, after my presentation, one of the teachers asked me if I had ever written a book about hatching chicks. Each spring, she brought eggs to her classroom and hatched chicks. But, she told me, she couldn't find any books that were written at the right level for her kindergarten students. I liked the idea and a year later I was in her classroom learning about eggs and chicks and documenting the process with photos. HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6 is the result of that project."
To contact me by EMAIL, click here: Caroline's email.

I love to do school visits. To find out more or to schedule a visit, you can reach me by email or via Facebook, my LinkedIn page, or from the Home Page at my website.
Booklist, December 1, 2016
Readers are in for a treat as they join Mrs. Best and her kindergarten class for their egg-hatching project, aka the most adorable class project ever. Mrs. Best has brought a variety of chicken eggs–brown, white, speckled–from her backyard coop to an incubator in her classroom in order to teach her students about how chicks grow. The informative text is augmented by copious photo illustrations, including a diagram of the different parts of an egg, a demonstration of candling (placing a fertilized egg over a light to see inside it) and eventually the fluffy chicks themselves. The book documents how Mrs. Best's diverse class counts down the 21 days until the eggs hatch, the hatching process, and the first month of the chicks' lives, detailing their care and growth, and nesting quick facts in egg-shaped ovals throughout. Readers will come away with a good understanding of chickens' origins and will likely want to rush off to hatch an egg of their own, but Arnold wisely cautions that chickens do not make good pets. (Julia Smith)

Kirkus, November 15, 2016
It's a lucky kindergartner who gets to witness the miracle of life through the incubation of eggs. Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Best raises chickens at home and is teaching her diverse group of students about chickens and eggs. In brilliant close-up photographs, readers see the students wide-eyed faces as they learn about incubation, the parts of the egg, the egg tooth, and everything else about the 21-day cycle of egg to chick. The easy-to-read narrative follows the days to hatching and the first weeks of life in the classroom. On many pages, the classroom story is supplemented by scientific information set in faux hand-written type in egg-shaped callouts. Teachers who are contemplating bringing eggs (and their eventual chicks) into the classroom will learn much here. Ample backmatter will help to answer any additional chicken questions for the especially interested teacher or student, including some tricky ones. For example, she broaches the truth that only 50 to 80 percent of incubated eggs hatch, and she makes it clear that chicks are not good house pets. Arnold captures the joy and mystery of this familiar unit of study. (glossary, websites, bibliography) (Informational picture book, 4-8)

Publishers Weekly, November 21, 2016
Through photographs and direct, unadorned writing, Arnold takes readers to a (real-life) kindergarten class in Los Angeles, where the teacher, Mrs Best, brings in eggs from the chickens she keeps at her home. As the children tend to the eggs, keeping track of the 21-day incubation cycle on a calendar, readers learn about the parts of an egg and how a chick develops inside. Finally, the eggs begin to hatch: "Little by little, the shell begins to crack. It is like unzipping a zipper." Arnold's photographs clearly show the children observing, feeding, and learning how to hold the chicks, which eventually return to Mrs. Best's house. A glossary and answers to common questions ("When you eat an egg, are you eating a baby chick?" "Do chickens make good pets?") conclude this up-close look at where chickens–-and their eggs–-come from. Ages 3-7.

School Library Journal, December, 2016
Through the excellent use of colorful up-close photos, Arnold captures the excitement of hatching chicks in a real kindergarten class. She documents the 21-day journey from incubation to birth, and growth to maturity; the science behind the process; and the delight and wonder of Mrs. Best's diverse group of students. The classroom in which the project occurs will likely be familiar to many readers; projects and artwork adorn the walls standard school furniture makes up the room, etc. The energy of Mrs. Best's students is palpable, and readers are invited to share in the spectacle and surprise of the first hatched chick. Asides provide additional information on the different parts of an egg, what chicken mash is, and more. A glossary explains unfamiliar terms, such as candling and wattle. Back matter offers further questions for readers to contemplate. VERDICT A first purchase for use as a read-aloud in science curricula on chickens and the life cycle. (Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY)

Amazon Customer Review, March 26, 2017
Caroline Arnold is a go-to author for me because her writing for children is always clear and cohesive. In this book, Arnold includes a narrative of a class engaged in incubating chicken eggs and then taking care of the chicks along with non-narrative details - in captions and so forth - that provide information about the development of chicks, the physical features of chickens, the parts and purposes of an incubator, materials required to take care of chicks, the care of chicks and so forth. There are also helpful author notes at the end. The layout and design of the book is kid-friendly and the format lends itself to being read aloud and then placed in the classroom library for further perusal. If you and your students are raising chicks, you could reread specific sections during your own experience and make predictions about what your students might observe or see next with the development of the chick eggs or chicks in our own classroom. This book could easily be used as a mentor text for students or classes to write about their own experiences.I was worried about whether Arnold would discuss the importance of the chicks having a home beyond the classroom - this was not an issue. The teacher, Mrs. Best, raises chickens at home and took the chicks back to her house at the appropriate time. Sunday Cummins, Educational Consultant and Author

BCCB Reviews
This photoessay follows Los Angeles kindergarten teacher Jennifer Best as she shares her enthusiasm for raising chickens with her young students. Best brings in the fertilized eggs and an incubator, and over the next two months the kids (and, by extension, Arnold's audience) learn about and observe first hand the development of the embryos, the exhausting work of hatching, and the first weeks of the chicks' lives. The chonological narration keeps readers invested, while egg-shaped insets add information or context as needed. It's close-up photographs, though, that will make this a class pleaser, with views of hardware, cages and feed, eggs cracking open, and of course bedraggles little hatchlings and the adorable little fluffballs they become. A Q&A on all things chicken, a glossary, and lists of kid-friendly print and online resources are included. Forward-thinking carnivores in the audience may wonder what will happen to these chicks, but Arnold simply concludes, "In about five months the roosters will be able to crow. The hens will start laying eggs. Perhaps next year some of their eggs will come back to school and hatch into new chicks." Fair enough. —BCCB Reviews

As I followed the chick hatching story in the classroom I took thousands of photos in order to get just the right ones for the book. Neither the chicks nor the children stayed still for long!
My secret: have a good camera (I used a Sony Cybershot) and LOTS of patience.

    Guestbook Comments
    Lane M Arnold said on October 25, 2017:
    Hurray for this new book!

    Melissa Stewart said on October 25, 2017:
    What a great idea for a book! Clear text, great photos. Kids are going to love this.

    Tim Canny said on October 18, 2017:
    Simple but compelling idea for a book. I'm jealous of the kids in Room 6! Good luck with your BookStop!

    Lucy Grimm said on October 18, 2017:
    Wonderful story, Congrats!

    Alexis O\'Neill said on October 17, 2017:
    The photos in this book are fabulous! I also love the design, with a narrative plus expository pull-outs. Perfect to accompany chick-hatching classroom projects.

    Judy Cox said on October 16, 2017:
    Cute book! Looking forward to seeing you in Eureka!

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