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Chicken, Pig, Cow

Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: k–2
Reading Age: 4–7
Hardcover : 9781554511570, 32 pages, September 2008 , 9.26" x 9.21"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781554511563, 32 pages, September 2008 , 9.01" x 9.00"


Pig, Chicken and Cow love the warm and cozy barn Girl made for them out of Popsicle® sticks. Even though Girl forgot to make a door, the three toy animals think their home is perfect. The only thing that isn’t perfect is Dog. He lives outside, but his drool makes it feel as if it’s raining in the barn.

One day, Pig and Chicken decide to go exploring, leaving Cow behind. Before long, Cow hears a drooly, snorty sort of sound, followed by a crash as the barn tips over. Dog is very big, and Cow is terrified—but she really has nothing to fear. All Dog wants to do is play, as Pig and Chicken discover during a daring rescue. Dog becomes a friend. Best of all, now that two sticks have been knocked free, their barn is indeed perfect—front door and all.

With her trademark economy of words and expressive characters, Ruth Ohi has created a refreshing, toddler-friendly story about making friends. 


“A subtle blend of illustration and text which will not only appeal to [Ohi’s] young audience, but also demonstrates for their parents, her delicate, and often very funny, link between text and illustration”

- Deakin Newsletter, 11/08

“A simple but heartwarming story about friendship and courage that will entertain and inspire young children. Highly recommended.”

- CM Reviews, 11/08

“Definitely recommended for story time . . . will be a hit with librarians, teachers and preschoolers everywhere.”

- Resource Links, 12/08

“The simple text and expressive watercolors . . . are perfect for sharing with a group.”

- School Library Journal, 12/08

“Profound in its simplicity, this story has it all.”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, 10/08