The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza


Ask the child questions after the second and third readings of The Wolf's Chicken Stew, to start a conversation about the book. You can prompt the child on every page, using the questions below. If the child says something spontaneously about a picture, expand on it and ask the child to repeat it. There are questions for every one or two pages of the story.

  1. What's happening on the first page of the story? (The wolf is eating dinner.)
  2. What did the wolf eat for dinner? (He ate a fish.)
  3. What else do you see on the wolf's table? (There are plates, bowls, a cup and saucer, and a glass with a straw on the table.)
  4. Who is the wolf following? (He is following Mrs. Chicken.)
  5. What does she wear on her head? (She wears a scarf tied under her chin.)
  6. Who is bigger, the wolf or the chicken? (The wolf is bigger.)
  7. What do you call the sharp points on the end of the wolf's paws? (They are claws.)
  8. Where is Mrs. Chicken going? (She is going to her little house.)
  9. Where does the wolf go? (He goes home to his kitchen.)
  10. What is hanging on the wall of the wolf's kitchen? (There are pans, a colander, big spoons, oven mitts, a rolling pin, and a cutting board.)
  11. What is the wolf doing? (He is stirring something in a big bowl.)
  12. What does the wolf make? (He makes pancakes.)
  13. What time of day is it when the wolf leaves the pancakes for the chickens? (It is nighttime.)
  14. What does the wolf bring the next night? (He brings doughnuts.)
  15. What does he bring the next night? (He brings a layer cake.)
  16. What do you see in the sky over Mrs. Chicken's house? (the moon and stars)
  17. What is happening? (The wolf is sneaking up to Mrs. Chicken's house.)
  18. What does the wolf look through to see inside the chicken's house? (He looks through the keyhole.)
  19. What is Mrs. Chicken wearing when she opens the door? (She is wearing an apron.)
  20. Who lives with Mrs. Chicken? (Lots of baby chicks live with Mrs. Chicken.)
  21. What is happening here? (The baby chicks are giving the wolf kisses and saying "thank you.")
  22. What will the wolf do next? (He will make more treats for the chicks.)


The words listed below come from the story and its pictures. As you page through the book, point to the pictures and ask the child to name the object or the action shown. This will help the child learn new words. You can use the words below or you can choose words you think will interest your child. Below are words for every one or two pages of the story.

  • eating, knife and fork, bowls, plates, fish bones
  • hiding, walking, following, scarf
  • creeping, getting ready to pounce, paws, claws
  • hiding, house
  • stirring, pans, big spoons
  • pancakes, syrup, butter, stars, moon, nighttime
  • doughnuts, platter
  • layer cake, frosting
  • moon, stars, windows
  • peeking through the keyhole, door
  • apron, surprised
  • baby chicks
  • kissing, flying
  • going home, cookies


Excerpted from Read Together, Talk Together, the Pearson Early Childhood research-based program that makes reading aloud even more effective!


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