Michigan Reads! 2007

  • Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski

    Big Chickens

    Big Chickens tells the tale of four "cautious, careful, cowardly" chickens who run into the woods to hide from a wolf. Their adventure takes them through rivers and across pastures where they face their fears one after another until theyfinally reach a cave - and meet the wolf again! Have their adventures changed them and how they respond to the wolf?

    Cover reprinted by permission of Penguin Young Readers Group

About the Author and Illustrator

  • Leslie Helakoski, author of Big Chickens

    Leslie Helakoski, Big Chickens author Leslie Helakoski was born on March 21, 1960 in Abbeville, Louisiana. She and her five siblings often played in the woods where they encountered scary things like big ditches, cow pastures and wild waterways (er, bayous).

    Leslie received a bachelor's degree in Advertising Design from the University of Louisiana and an associate degree in Media Illustration from Northern Michigan University. She always wanted to be an artist but she didn't know she would become a writer. After many happy years in advertising, she turned her mind to illustrating children's books and ended up writing them instead.




  • Henry Cole, Illustrator

    Henry Cole, illustrator of Big Chickens

Big Chickens Activities

  • Big Chickens Programming and Resource Guide

    Big Chickens Programming and Resource Guide. Includes suggestions for how art and drama can extend the concepts in Big Chickens, fingerplays, lap bounces, movements, music, lullabies, storytimes, dances, games and more for parents, librarians and caretakers working with infants through grade 2. Hosted at the Internet Archive.

  • The Author's Big Chickens Activities

    Enjoy singing, art, thinking and playing with Big Chickens.