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Big Fat Hen

Author: Keith Baker | Illustrator: Keith Baker

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ISBN: 9780152013318

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Binding: Board Book

Year Distributed: 2014 - 2015

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Animals, Numbers, Rhymes & Nursery Rhymes

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"One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, shut the door...Nine, ten, big fat hen!" The familiar counting rhyme has been moved to the hen house in this bright book for babies and toddlers. Each set of numbers is illustrated by a new hen with the requisite number of insects, eggs, and chicks.

Age Group 9 months

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Beginning to ‘choose’ a bedtime book by reaching for it
  • Beginning to look towards items you point to
  • Enjoying hiding for peekaboo
  • Imitating sounds

Your baby is likely developing some favorite books. They may even present you with what they want you to read when you hold up a couple of choices of books. Their attention span is getting longer so they may be able to enjoy a book with a couple of sentences to the page. They may also start pointing to things when you ask a question such as, ”Where’s the bunny?” Peekaboo is a favorite game as your dear one is just now starting to learn about how permanent things are. Will you still be behind your hands when you say Peekaboo? Oh good! It’s you!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 9-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your baby!

Why did we select this book?

The very best of books give us something familiar, like this traditional counting rhyme and add something new, like the richly illustrated hens in their barn. And the very best of books should reveal more to you each time you read the book with your child. Do you see the additional creatures in the pictures? Look for worms, snails, bees, and other small barnyard visitors. Take time to notice that every page has the right number of each creature and object.

Book Acticity
Related Activities

This is a book you can use at many ages. You can help your 9-month-old experience the rhythm of this counting rhyme by holding them on your lap and bouncing them gently in time with the book. As for the counting part of the rhyme, the goal is not to teach your baby or toddler how to count but to have fun with the sound and order of the numbers. Counting has a sing-song all its own and you counting while pointing to hens, eggs, chicks, and small creatures on the page is the very, very beginning of numbers and counting. The rhyme itself promotes children’s ability to hear and play with the sounds in the words. By leaving off the final words, you encourage your Dear One to guess what comes next based on the rhymes “Nine, ten, a big fat……” HEN!


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