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Book Review/Giveaway: The Clever Hen. Ends March 21st

The Clever Hen by Saragine Francois and illustrated by Yoko Matsuoka.

About the Book: Have you ever known anyone who thought they were too smart for their own good? In this short story, when one of the farm animals (Ms. Cleever) thinks she is too bright for the other hens in the chicken coop, including the farm animals, she begins to mock them and treat them rude. As the months passed, Ms. Cleever gets the surprise of her life and is singled out. Will her fellow hens, including the farm animals, help her? Find out in this beautifully written children’s book.

My Review: There was a hen in the chicken coop who thought she could never lay eggs. She thought she was the only bright hen because she loves to read. So the other hens named her Ms. Cleever.

And because she though she was the smartest she had no respect for the other hens including the farm animals, she was rude and impolite. She refuses to help look after the other hens’ chick or spend time to play with the other farm animals. Then the unexpected happened a few months after, the hen who thought that she could never lay eggs suddenly, had four chicks and she didn’t know what to do or how to take care of them. She asked for help but the roles have become reversed. No one wanted to help her.

There’s a good lesson in this book:

Learn to be polite.

Treat people with respect.

Learn to give a helping hand.

You will love this book a must read not only for the family but for classroom teaching. The illustrations by Yoko Matsuoka help bring the book to life with its bold and bright colors. I highly recommend this book.


Also check out The White Gorilla and the Three Chimpanzees…a day from the zoo! By the author Saragine Francois and illustrated by Brian Rice.


“The White Gorilla and the Three Chimpanzees…a day from the zoo,” is an adventure picture book about how the ape and his friends visit the “human world” only to find themselves mistaken for other characters. This adventure book will surely keep your child guessing beyond his or her imagination.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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Giveaway Ends March 21st.

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  1. It’s so great to read books which will teach kids ‘social skills’ in a fun and effective way!!! Learning to be polite is one of those things kids are loosing grasp on these days… Would love to add this book to our children’s library!!!

    Comment by Aishah | March 5, 2012 | Reply

  2. I always explained to my 7 kids that the Golden Rule was something they should adhere to everyday. Learning social skills is so easy when they learn them through reading. Books that they have fun with and interact with are the best ways to get through to them. Commented on interview.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | March 5, 2012 | Reply

  3. This would be perfect for my grandaughter. Mom and I are beginning to show her how important other peoples’ feelings are. She just turned 2 so really doesn’t have the concept yet but it’s a great time to start. Plus, she absolutely adores all kinds of animals!

    Comment by Mary Ann Woods | March 5, 2012 | Reply

  4. I am excited to see a book that emphasizes manners in an entertaining way. Ms Cleever can share her lesson with my grandkids.
    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

    Comment by Teresa Young | March 5, 2012 | Reply

  5. I love this! I guess that kind of speaks of many kids these days bullying and how bad it is. We have spoken to my 4 year old grandson about things like this at his age because they start so early. The old saying goes as shown in this book, what oes around, comes around. Sounds like a good little book and you did a great review. Thanks!

    Comment by Sandy VanHoey | March 5, 2012 | Reply

  6. What a good way to help kids learn manners. Love the farm animals too!

    Comment by lisa | March 5, 2012 | Reply

  7. I’ve had long talks in the last week about bullying and how calling names can hurt children. This book would be a great add to my talks.

    Comment by melissa c | March 5, 2012 | Reply

  8. Its nice to see a book that takes on manners in a fun but learning way. And being from Texas I love the farm animals part of it.

    Comment by Anne | March 5, 2012 | Reply

  9. this is another must read to my students. What a cute way to teach about manners!

    Comment by catherine c | March 6, 2012 | Reply

  10. Thank you everyone! I have seen in the older schools that many young adults have forgotten how to be respectful to their elders. I wrote this book because I want to emphasis the importance of kindness and how far it will take anyone. My children’s book “The Clever Hen” is fun, entertaining, and engaging with a lesson told by farm animals which any child can relate to. You may want to visit some of my other books at – one of which titled “Wish Granted.” It’s about a little girl who wants to rush to become an adult. During her dream, she gets her wish and now she is an adult with a husband and twin boys – View trailer @ View book trailer During her dream, she wished she was a little girl again and bake cookies with her mom or even play with her father. Now her wish has been granted, she realizes not to be so in a rush of getting older. Available on Amazon

    Comment by garygina | March 6, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you for making learning enjoyable! I took a peak at some of your other books and they look great as well!

      Comment by Kelly L | March 8, 2012 | Reply

  11. I really love books that have a lesson behind them. You always learn more when you are enjoying doing so. I love that this book is fun (because of the animals) and will keep there attention while they learn valuable lessons like treating others with respect. This sounds like a great book, crossing my fingers for a win! 🙂

    Comment by Kelly L | March 8, 2012 | Reply

  12. We homeschool our children and go through character studies with them. This book would be a great one to read when we learn about respect.

    Comment by Amy W. | March 20, 2012 | Reply

  13. There is nothing better than a book with great lessons for our kids. The picture look fun and bright, my kids would enjoy reading this book.

    Comment by Naomie B. (@kidsanddeals) | March 20, 2012 | Reply

  14. Omg my dd needs a whole set of books about being polite. She has turned into a little know it all rude monster. Maybe reading about a charactet like her may make het realize

    Comment by Larissa B | March 20, 2012 | Reply

  15. I enjoy reading animal stories and think they’re very helpful in imparting important life lessons to children.

    Comment by likwan | March 21, 2012 | Reply

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