Hello, friends! Our book today is A Little Chicken, written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Dan Taylor, a sweet look at what it means to be brave.
Dot is a little chicken who is, well… a little chicken. She’s scared of lots of things, like bears and wolves and creepy lawn gnomes. She’s tried to be brave, but the courageous spirit just seems to elude her. That is until the day that one of her soon-to-be siblings (in egg form) rolls out of the coop and toward the deep dark woods. Dot responds on instinct alone, chasing after the egg over hill and dale, and rushing right past everything that scares her to save the day. With a new little sister to spend time with, Dot finds that she’s still a little bit chicken, but that doesn’t make her any less a hero.
Cute! With brightly-colored, dynamic illustrations and simple yet engaging story, Dot’s tale does a great job of distinguishing for children the difference between being brave and being fearless. By the end, Dot is no less frightened of her phobias (and honestly, I’m with her on the lawn gnomes), but she knows that when push comes to shove, she has it in her to be brave, and that’s enough. It’s a good way of showing that it’s okay to be scared – it’s how we deal with our fear that defines us. Yet the story is still brisk, light, and fun to read, chock full of onomatopoeia and a good sense of humor. The length is great, and JJ loved it – Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)