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Friday, November 6, 2009

Tough Chicks

Tough Chicks by Cece Meng and Illustrated by Melissa Suber

Tough Chicks is a new picture book from Clarion Books published in November 2009. The story centers around three newly hatched chicks, Penny, Polly, and Molly. These chicks are curious and adventurous. The other farms animals are constantly asking their mother to "make them be good" to which their mother always replies "they are good". The chicks eventually get into some trouble with the farmer when they are caught looking in the hood of his tractor. However, when the tractor brakes fail and the farm is in danger, it is the three little chicks that save the day and are able to fix the tractor. In the end the chicks are appreciated for who they are rather than being compared to the other chicks.

This is a very cute story about being able to do your own thing. I like the fact that the three little chicks are appreciated for who they are and their special talents. I also like that the chicks are athletic, smart, daring, artistic and scientifically minded. This story is a great way to encourage little girls to be just who they are, no matter what that is. The illustrations in this book are wonderful. The colors are bright and vibrant which helps convey the chicks' adventurous attitude. Not to mention the fact that the chicks themselves are adorable, and you instantly love them. Throughout the story, as the chicks zoom through the pages they say "peep, peep, zoom, zip, cheeeep", which has a fun sound to it when read aloud. It is also something that young listeners can remember and can say along with the storyteller. I like books where there is something the kids can repeat and feel a part of the storytelling process.

This is a great read aloud for three and four year-olds with a lot of good lessons to take away.

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