Friday, April 26, 2013

Tough Chicks

Tough Chicks
by Cece Meng
illustrated by Melissa Suber

Genre: Picture Book

Synopsis:  From the moment Penny, Polly, and Molly hatch from their eggs, the whole farm knows they are truly tough chicks.  They wrestle worms, rope roosters, and are often found under the hood of the tractor.  All the other animals animals, and even the farmer himself, tell Mama Hen to make her chicks good.  "They are good!"  Mama Hen always replies.  But could her chicks be too loud, too independent, and too tough?

Cece Meng and Melissa Suber have created a delightful farmyard romp that's also a resounding endorsement for letting girls be girls-even if they're loud and tough and like to play with tractors.
From the book jaecket

Review: I loved this book and it's message.  I think my kids really liked the book too.  I loved that the little chicks didn't do what other "good little chicks" did like peck the ground for corn, build a nest, and peep.   They ran around the farmyard playing in the mud, checking out the tractor's engine, swinging from the cow's tail, and just being incredibly active.  The Mother Hen learned to be really proud of her chick's actions and tried to ignore the other animals when they told the Mother Hen to make her chicks be good because she already thought they were good.  At the end of the story, the chicks, with their unusual behaviors, save the day.  This book has the message that you don't need to be like everyone else, you can be however you want to be and you should be loved and respected for how you are.  I though the illustrations were quite cute as well.

Rating: 5 stars

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