Lenore Jennewein & Daniel Jennewein
Simon & Schuster, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
esides sporting a few life lessons on dealing with bullies, fostering self-confidence, and refusing to be detoured by obstacles set in one's way, this picture book is also a lot of fun.
ittle Chick wants to play with the other animals in the barnyard and be part of their tree house group. But, before they accept Little Chick into the club he has to prove how brave he or his ancestors have been.
hen a '
No Chickens Allowed
' sign is nailed to the tree house, Little Chick walks away totally dejected. Finding his father, Little Chick asks, '
Didn't anyone in our family ever do anything brave and mighty?
emembering that there was some talk in the family about an ancient ancestor who lies buried on the farm, Little Chick decides to do some digging and he uncovers an amazing fossil.
hat discovery and how it changes Little Chick is chronicled in the rest of this picture book but, as you will see, the knowledge effects quite a change in Little Chick's behavior and also in how others view him.
ven though he is the smallest in the group, Little Chick doesn't let that fact deter him or keep him from being part of the Tree House gang. His actions and determination make the other animals see they made a mistake in trying to exclude him.
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