The same author-illlustrator duo who brought us But the Bear Came Back is at it again! Tammi Sauer and Dan Taylor‘s new title A Little Chicken (out from Sterling just last month) is a punny book that my little and I are going to read many, many times.
The brightness of the cover art immediately catches your attention, and the story does not disappoint. The story begins with a little chicken who is indeed a little chicken makes a mistake. Readers seem how she has to overcome her many fears to save the day. What I like about this book is it does not minimize fears even as it shows little chicken overcoming hers.
I think it’s important to let young children know that it is okay to be afraid of certain things. And that we also have the capability to do things that we never thought we could do. To say this book is just about a little chicken is minimizing its impact. It’s a book that adults will find resonance with. And that I think is one of the features of a quality children’s picture book.
I am usually not into puns, as I usually find them ridiculous. But the way Sauer weaves them into the text – and in sometimes not obvious ways – is brilliant. There were even times when I noticed something I had not noticed on my previous read, and that’s always a good sign. Taylor does not disappoint with his illustrations! This is a book that I know my little guy will enjoy for many years.
A heartwarming story that will help so many young readers think differently about the fears they have, A Little Chicken should be on your bookshelf! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️