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Henny    by Elizabeth Rose Stanton order for
by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
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Simon & Schuster, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Oops, we have a problem here. Henny, a little chick, hatched with two arms rather than wings. Her mom was surprised to say the least, but she stilled loved Henny. As she grew older Henny realized that sometimes it was cool to have arms and sometimes it definitely wasn't.

Like any youngster, once she realized she was different, Henny worried about what others would think. 'She worried about what to wear ... Long sleeves or short sleeves? Gloves or mittens? Buttons or zippers? She even worried about things she didn't quite understand like tennis elbow, and hangnails, and whether she might need deodorant.'

Then one day Henny's perspective changed. She realized that she could help Mr. Farmer. Once she began giving Mr. Farmer a hand, Henny 'began to imagine all the other things she could do'. As her list became longer and longer, Henny became a happy and well adjusted chicken because she accepted the fact that she was, indeed, different.

Obviously the message here needs no explanation and you probably won't have to really explain it to a child after a few readings. The art is simple but excellent and together with the narrative even children as young as four will catch on pretty quickly. The story of this plucky little chicken will quickly become a household favorite and one your child might even wish to share with his/her friends.

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