Between the Lions

The Problem with Chickens & An Egg is Quiet

Season 7, Ep 1, Aired 9/17/07
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  • Episode Description
  • "The Problem with Chickens" When Lionel and Leona spot a chicken in the library, it turns out to have popped out of a book. The chicken came from the book The Problem with Chickens, written by Bruce McMillan and illustrated by Gunnella. The story is about a group of women in a village who got some chickens who started imitating their behavior. "An Egg is Quiet" When Lionel discovers an egg in the library, he's eager to find out what it will hatch into. Cleo reads him and Leona a book called An Egg is Quiet, written by Diana Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long that describes all kinds of eggs. Later on, Lionel and Leona learn the surprising truth about the contents of the egg. Also featured is the short story Baby Chick by Aileen Fisher. Segments throughout the episode discuss eggs, as well as words for describing sounds, such as noisy, loud and quiet.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Al Roker

    Himself

  • Norman Stiles

  • Peter K. Hirsch

  • Chris Cerf

  • Beth Kirsch

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Monkey: Whoa. What a great book. Oh, it was about the unity of all life. You know, how like we're all really one.

    • Theo: The Problem with Chickens, huh? By Bruce McMillan, illustrated by Gunnella. Huh. We better read it, cubs. Something fowl may be afoot. (chuckles)

    Notes (1)

    • Premiere of the seventh season, with new funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Barksdale Reading Institute. The new episodes are stated as having a special focus on vocabulary-building.

    Trivia (2)

    • The Adventures of Cliff Hanger: Cliff Hanger encounters a group of giggly chickens with a chain in Adventure 12,363: Cliff Hanger and the Chuckling Chickens. The chickens misunderstand his usage of the word "down" and hand him soft feathers. They tell him to the "enjoy the down and you can keep the chain!" And that's why he's called Cliff Hanger!

    • Gawain's Word: "Ch" and "ase" blend together at high-speed.

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