A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids will delight in this funny book -- and learn a gentle lesson about manners. Little Chicken seems to have developed an affinity for storytelling and the written word, which may encourage readers to appreciate literature and storytelling as well.
The message of this story is "Don't interrupt." However, it is imparted gently, and with humor. The lighthearted father-daughter relationship touches on the idea that parents can act as both the necessary authority figure and patient, understanding friend.
Positive Role Models
The little red chicken's Papa is a great role model -- he remains very gentle and loving as he tries to teach his daughter not to interrupt. Papa is a great example of a patient and kindhearted adult figure who imparts a lesson on manners with his child, but still allows her to be herself. The little red chicken's excitement when it comes to storytelling is something that many of the younger readers can relate to as well.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book was selected as a 2011 Caldecott Medal Honor book for its "exuberant artwork" that "shifts media and style," according to the Caldecott Award committee. Parents can use this book to remind their kids not to interrupt -- or just laugh with them at the little red chicken's bedtime antics.
Is It Any Good?
It's a challenge to tell a funny book about bedtime, but young readers will definitely laugh as they hear about how the little chicken keeps interrupting her dad as he reads to her. The drawings, done in brightly colored watercolor, crayon, pen, and ink, bring the chicken's bedtime antics to life as she jumps on her bed, runs around her room, and does everything except sleep. The sweet ending of the story will warm parents' and kids' hearts alike.
The funny, brightly-colored illustrations, done with watercolor, water-soluble crayon, pen and ink, bring the chicken's antics to life.
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