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 is a fifth-generation Houstonian and full-time writer. She frequently speaks at schools and libraries and serves as a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is the author of more than a dozen books, including Pelican’s Phoebe Clappsaddle and the Tumbleweed Gang, Phoebe Clappsaddle for Sheriff, and Phoebe Clappsaddle Has a Tumbleweed Christmas.
About the Illustrator
David Harrington is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Pelican’s Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat. He received a BFA with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and lives with his wife and children in Laguna Hills, California.
By Melanie Chrismer
Illustrated by David Harrington
JUVENILE FICTION / Westerns
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus. Glossary