Perfect Picture Book Friday! Three Hens and a Peacock By Lester L. Laminack


Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I really like the message of this book! 😀

threehensThree Hens and a Peacock
By Lester L. Laminack
Illustrated by Henry Cole!
32 Pages – Ages 5+
Published by Peachtree Publishers on March 1, 2011

Theme/Topic – Jealousy/appreciating others

Opening and Synopsis –

Things were quiet on the Tuckers’ Farm.
The cows chewed their cud.
The hens clucked and pecked and laid their eggs.
The old hound stretched out on the porch, watching and listening.

Once in a while someone would stop to buy tomatoes or corn, perhaps a quart of milk.
Nothing unusual happened here.

…that peacock showed up.

When a peacock shows up on the Tuckers’ farm, he doesn’t know what to do. So, he spreads his feathers and makes a lot of noise and headed towards the road. Suddenly, people show up at the Tuckers’ farm and buy things from their farmer’s stand. Everyone is happy… except the hens. They’re jealous because all he does is shriek and walk around while they do all of the work! So, the old hound proposes a swap of jobs! The hens are happy, or are they?

Why I liked this book – The message of this book is awesome! The “Just be yourself” message never gets old, especially when told in fun ways! I like how the old hound is the “wise old man” in this book! The illustrations are magnificent! Look!


I like how the hens dress up to be fancy like the peacock. 😉 I like the writing style a lot, it’s funny but teaches a great lesson. I think kids 4+ would like this book!

Activities and Resources –

Crayola has a great activity where kids can make a colorful peacock drawing using their own hand prints. Click HERE to go to it.

I also found a great blog called Brimful Curiosities where this book was reviewed and a peacock craft is described. Click HERE to check it out!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!


BONUS!!! “Being Frank” by Donna W. Earnhardt – shout-out! This is a book I would have nominated for a perfect picture book, but Jennifer Rumberger already beat me to it! 😉 Visit Ms. Rumberger’s blog HERE and check out her PPBF review of “Being Frank”.

being frankBeing Frank

by Donna W. Earnhardt

Illustrated by Andrea Castellani

32 pages – ages 5+

Published by Flashlight Press on September 26, 2012

Frank’s motto was “Honesty is the best Policy”. He always told the truth. He told his teacher she had bad breath, his mom that she had wrinkles, etc. Everyone was angry with him, except for the police men, because he told him the truth (yes, his mom knew she was speeding). Frank goes to his grandpa and asks for help and advice. His grandpa knows just what to do. He shows Frank how you can be honest but kind at the same time.

I wish I had this book when I was younger! I totally had a Frank problem! My parents say I used to have “no filter.” I remember it was hard for me to understand why being honest all the  time wasn’t a good thing. This book explains it well. I think other kids would be helped by this book! I love how Frank is just honest and a good kid, but he just doesn’t get why people are mad at him. Grandpa explains everything really well.

Five out of five bookworms for “Being Frank”! fivebooks

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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34 replies

  1. I must read Being Frank and Matthew needs it too lol. Love the peacock story, one of my faves. Thanks, Erik.

  2. You know, learning to appreciate just being yourself is a real good lesson to learn. Sounds like this PB does a wonderfully fun job of getting that point across. Great choice.

  3. Loved both selections Erik! The illustrations in the peacock are beautiful. Love he message. And, being frank is a problem a lot of kids have — “out of the mouth of babes comes the truth.” Love that there is a book that shows kids the differences. But, I still prefer honesty.

  4. Love Henry Cole’s art — must check out those hens and that peacock!

    Enjoyed your comments about Being Frank. Wonderful premise for a story; something we all must learn to do . . .

  5. Yes! The illustrations look lovely. And I love the ‘Be yourself’ theme.

  6. I’m a Henry Cole fan myself – good pick. And I still get reminded that I share my ‘honesty’ a little too much.

  7. Both books are great picks. I love the illustration of the hens trying to be peacocks. Since I’m a 4th grade teacher; I often get “honesty” when I would prefer a little more “kindness” mixed in.

  8. Erik – love your pick this week. I especially love Henry Cole’s art. And thank’s for the bonus of being frank!

  9. The picture of the hens dressed up is pretty hilarious.

  10. Lovin’ Three Hens and a Peacock!
    Thanks, Erik.

  11. Being Frank sounds hilarious! Don’t worry Erik, I know a few adults who have problems with their filter too! 😉 Thanks for your recommendations! 🙂

  12. You had me at the title. I’ll be looking for this at the library next week. and I agree about the art. I couldn’t help picking a book illustrated by Henry Cole last week. He is so talented.Thanks for the bonus review, Erik.

  13. I love the illustrations in the first one. It reminded me a little of Patricia Polacco’s “Just Plain Fancy.”

  14. I love Three Hens and a Peacock! I read it a couple of years ago and thought it was great. Thanks for the reminder- as I want to read it to my class. 🙂 Great review!

  15. Erik…what an awesome choice for Perfect Picture Book Friday! I love the message…the illustrations are captivating. Sometimes the grass looks greener across the road…but you just never know…we need to be happy with who we are…while striving to be the best that we can be. 🙂

  16. Two fabulous books Erik!!

  17. Two cool books! That hens and peacock book sounds like my house!! A couple of years ago we had a peacock show up at our house and hang around for about a year. And he was just like your book peacock. Always talking and strutting around. Our chickens did not think much of him at all! It was funny to watch them all. I’ll have to find this book!

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