A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Young readers visit (or revisit) classic nursery rhymes like "Hickory Dickory Dock" and "Jack Be Nimble." They get a glimpse of the fun that comes with a love of reading while being encouraged to make healthy choices for breakfast.
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Positive Role Models
Not only does Papa encourage a healthy breakfast, he also encourages reading by making it a relaxing and loving activity. Though he patiently corrects and redirects Chicken, he also gives Chicken the space to be imaginative and playful. Chicken shows determination, never giving up on the pursuit of cookies for breakfast.
In other books in the series, Chicken is referred to using female pronouns. In this book, Chicken is portrayed in a gender neutral manner, with no pronouns or gender-specific attachments. Papa could be perceived as a single father, as no other parent to Chicken makes an appearance in this book or its predecessors.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Interrupting Chicken: Cookies for Breakfast is the third book in the series written and illustrated by Caldecott honoree, David Ezra Stein. The dynamic duo of patient Papa and spirited Chicken return, and this time, Chicken is on a mission to convince Papa that they should have cookies for breakfast. The quest for cookies continues as they read classic nursery rhymes, resulting in an amusing, imaginative story time experience that will leave parents and kids chuckling.
Is It Any Good?
This relatable and entertaining addition to the popular series makes for a lively read-aloud. Fans of the first two Interrupting Chicken books will be excited to pick up Interrupting Chicken: Cookies for Breakfast to see what antics Chicken will use to interrupt story time. This story follows the format of the first two books in the series, making it feel positively familiar. Like its predecessors, Cookies for Breakfast takes readers through three examples of a literary device before giving Chicken a chance to create an original. This time, the focus is on rhyming, which is not only fun but also an important learning tool for young readers. Much of the book is told through dialogue between Chicken and Papa, which includes jokes and banter that parents and kids can relate too. However, it may get tedious for younger readers who could struggle keeping up with the back-and-forth. The use of classic nursery rhymes can make reading this book an engaging, interactive experience.
David Ezra Stein continues to wow readers with impressive illustrations that combine two very different styles -- the style of Chicken's and Papa's story, and that of the nursery rhymes. Because the story centers on the dialogue, readers will enjoy spending a little extra time checking out the action-packed illustrations.
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