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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the book's twist ending will assuage any worries a kid might have that the adorable chick on the front of the book will end up in the pot, but there's still a lot of tension leading up to the happy ending, and it may be too unsettling for some preschoolers. Also, the book may invite conversation about why the chicken was worried about becoming soup in the first place, so be prepared for a discussion about where meat comes from.
What's the story?
The farmyard is all aflutter because Mrs. Farmer has taken out her big black pot. All the animals know what that means -- time for chicken soup! The hens all go running, but Little Chickie has a cold and she can't keep up! No matter where she hides, her sneezes and sniffles seem to give her away.
Is it any good?
CHICKEN SOUP is an adorable book, but it might not be the best choice for all kids. For families whose diets include poultry, this book might inspire some interesting conversations about where meat comes from. Also, sensitive kids might get a little too caught up in Little Chickie's dilemma, especially since the suspense builds like a horror movie for preschoolers: The Farmer gets closer and closer while Little Chickie scurries for a hiding place, abandoned by the older chickens who are more concerned about their own necks than they are for the most vulnerable among them. In short, parents who know their kids don't do well with tension might want to skip to the last page before going back to read the book.
There's not much to the pictures, which are fine but fairly indistinguishable from any number of farmyard books.