Interrupting Chicken

Written By: David Ezra Stein

Before Reading

Explore Illustrations and Text:

As a warm-up before beginning your read-through, engage your child’s imagination by asking questions about what s/he thinks will happen in the story. These questions may include:

What stories do you think Papa will read to Chicken?

Why do you think Chicken keeps interrupting storytime?

{Flip to a page} What do you think is happening in this picture?

Do you think Chicken will stop interrupting?

Interrupting Chicken tells the adorable story of a little red chicken that constantly interrupts story-time  to save the characters from danger. Ask your child about storytime at home by asking, “What is your favorite bedtime story? Do you sometimes interrupt me when I’m reading a story to you? Why or why not? What helps you fall asleep? ”  

As You Read

To keep your child engaged and entertained, be animated while reading! Give Papa and Chicken different, funny voices and use them in the dialogue. For example, when Chicken interrupts for the first time and Papa stops the story, use the two different voices with Papa being stern and Chicken being apologetic. This will make the story more fun for both you and your child!

Making Connections:

Another way to get your child engaged in the story is by relating the story to his/her own life experiences. Ask your child if a certain part of the story reminds him/her about a specific time in their own life. For example, when Papa is reading Little Red Riding Hood, ask your child, “Have we read this story? Did you like it? Why or why not?”

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret:

To gauge your child’s comprehension of the story you have just read, ask these questions:

What was your favorite part of the story? Why?

Why did the Chicken keep interrupting the stories Papa read?

What did Chicken do when they were out of stories?

What happened when Chicken started reading her story to Papa?

Papa and Chicken remind us of how special story-time is and how cuddling up with a good story at the end of the day can strengthen the bond between parent and child. Ask your child,“What is your favorite part of storytime? Why? What story do you want to read for next time?”

Activity: Write Your Own Bedtime Story

Supplies: Construction paper, page protectors with holes, three 1-inch bookrings, markers, colored pencils, crayons, and whatever else you need to decorate your book!

You and your child can write a book about your own story-time just like Chicken!

Create a cover for your book by writing the title on a piece of construction paper and having your child illustrate. An example of a title could be “Bedtime for [Child’s Name]”.

Your child can dictate your storytime routine to you while you write it down. Write between one and three sentences on each page of your storybook. You can begin your story by writing, “Bedtime is [Child’s Name]’s favorite time of day. First, [Child’s Name] gets into his/her pajamas and jumps into bed. Then Mommy/Daddy comes in to read a story before [Child’s Name] goes to sleep.” On each page, write each part of your storytime and have your child draw illustrations to match each part.

Once the story has been fully written and illustrated, place the pages into page protectors. The cover can have it’s own protector but starting with the first page of the story, place the pages back to back and use one page protector for each pair so it looks like a real book! Now, use the book rings to bind your book and you are ready for your next story-time!