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Chachalaca Chiquita by Melanie Chrismer


Chachalaca Chiquita by Melanie Chrismer

A cultural spin on the classic Chicken Little tale, this story follows Chachalaca Chiquita, a colorful southwestern bird, through her journey after a pebble falls from the sky and hits her right on the head. On a mission to tell the jefe (boss) that the sky is falling, Chachalaca Chiquita joins the feathered flock of Lina Gallina, the prairie hen, and her chicks and heads to the mountain. Passing bugs buzzing, lizards snatching, and animals moseying, the pajaros (birds) march through the Southwestern terrain. On their way to the jefe, they are joined by Carlos Cordoniz, the Montezuma Quail, and Pablo Pavo, the wild turkey, and pass by Buho Sabio, the sleepy Elf Owl. Suddenly, their adventure takes a turn when they meet sly Tacito Ocelote! The group discovers the mystery of the jefe and of the pebble that started it all. In addition to a lesson on bravery, this fun tale includes Spanish vocabulary and a glossary of terms.

About the Author

Melanie Chrismer, A fifth-generation Houstonian and full-time writer, she attended both Texas A&M University and Houston Baptist University. She regularly speaks at schools and libraries, giving presentations on developing writing strategies and the history of Texas as well as roping demonstrations with her practice bull, Medium-Rare. She is a member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators, Women Writing the West, the Texas Coalition of Authors, and the International Reading Association. David Harrington is a native of southern California and pursued a career in illustration by enrolling in the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he earned a BFA with honors. Since his graduation, Harrington has illustrated numerous childrens books, including the Pelican titles Ole! Cinco de Mayo, Chachalaca Chiquita, and Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat. He lives in Laguna Hills, California.

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Publication date

1st September 2012


Melanie Chrismer

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Pelican Publishing Co


32 pages
Interest Age: From 5 to 8 years


Traditional stories (Children's / Teenage)
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