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Little Chick

by Amy Hest, Anita Jeram (Illustrator)

The creators of the New York Times bestselling KISS GOOD NIGHT offer a trio of gentle tales about a special intergenerational bond.

Little Chick may be a good and patient gardener, as Old-Auntie observes, but what if you simply can’t wait for your carrot to grow tall? What if you skip like a pro but still can’t lift your kite in the air? Or if


The creators of the New York Times bestselling KISS GOOD NIGHT offer a trio of gentle tales about a special intergenerational bond.

Little Chick may be a good and patient gardener, as Old-Auntie observes, but what if you simply can’t wait for your carrot to grow tall? What if you skip like a pro but still can’t lift your kite in the air? Or if you’re a really good stretcher but can’t reach your favorite star? With affection and humor, Amy Hest offers three vignettes about a curious chick and a loving auntie who knows how to soften disappointments by keeping the spark of wonder alive. And the incomparable Anita Jeram renders Little Chick’s gestures and movements with a mastery that captures the spirit of every young child.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Old-Auntie the hen, endlessly patient, marvelously kind, helps Little Chick deal with frustration in three stories. As depicted in Jeram's (Guess How Much I Love You) watercolor washes, Old-Auntie's feathered bulk dwarfs Little Chick, and her gestures-holding Little Chick between her wings for a kiss, bending down to peer at her when she's discouraged-are infused with tenderness. Old-Auntie helps Little Chick deal with her eagerness to harvest the carrot she planted; helps Little Chick endure the long wait until her kite finally flies; and assures Little Chick that the star in the night sky that she wants is better off staying just where it is ("I'm afraid the sky just wouldn't be the same without your star," she says, her big feathery wing looped through Little Chick's spindly one). Hest's (Kiss Good Night) light humor and Jeram's visual charm work as harmoniously together as Little Chick and Old-Auntie themselves. Ages 2-up. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Printed in large, delicate type, three simple tales about Little Chick introduce the eager, charming chick and Old-Auntie, the supportive hen with good advice. In the first story, the pair sits, waiting for Little Chick's carrot to grow. Then, Old-Auntie whispers that "sometimes a small carrot is just what you need." Little Chick decides that she really needs her carrot now, and pulls it out. They both agree that it is a beautiful carrot. The second story takes place on a hot sunny day. Little Chick is trying to get her leaf kite to fly, in vain. Old-Auntie tells her that sometimes a kite simply won't fly. But as Little Chick skips up a hill, a wind goes "Whoosh!" and up goes the kite. In the last story, evening has arrived. As the first star appears in the night sky, Little Chick reaches up to catch it. She tries again and again. Old-Auntie persuades her to leave it in the sky, where it is "the loveliest of all." Jeram's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are almost too elegant for these tiny tales. The saucy chick and the watchful hen appear on the cover; around them are just subtle hints of plants. These are the visual elements of the low-key adventures. Anthropomorphic characters act as the caring adult and the exploring child, showing the love they share. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

The creator of Baby Duck presents three short adventures that brim with childlike concerns and solutions. Little Chick impatiently waits for her carrot to grow and then finally pulls it, finds a way to make her kite fly, and accepts that she cannot catch her favorite star and put it in her pocket. The protagonist, like many youngsters, wants what she wants immediately, but her understanding and wise Old-Auntie is always there to ease life's disappointments. The text is gentle, affectionate, and child-centered with some lovely turns of phrase and on-target dialogue. The stories become repetitive by the end, but that fact likely makes them more reassuring and appealing to the intended audience. Jeram's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations shine. Little Chick is so perfectly childlike-lying on her back holding her toes when she has to wait, leaning on Old-Auntie when things get too hard, or hanging her head dejectedly when her kite won't fly. Readers will empathize simply by looking at her. Old-Auntie is large and comforting yet distinctively birdlike, and the pages are nicely varied, mixing spot sequences with single- and double-page paintings. From the green-checked endpapers to the blue-washed star-filled sky on the final spread, Little Chick is a joy to behold and will find a treasured place in most collections.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Kirkus Reviews
Does the world need another charming picture book about an adorable baby chick? Maybe not, but that won't keep young listeners from loving this sunny set of three brief vignettes. Veteran writer Hest packs plenty of emotion and humor into the deceptively simple text as she brings to life Little Chick's enthusiasm and impatience as well as her wise Old-Auntie's love and counsel. The author manages the delicate task of tempering Little Chick's outsized expectations without crushing her spirit, a feat that may be more valued (or at least noticed) by adults than kids. Adult readers will likely also appreciate that whether she's wishing her carrot would grow bigger faster, working hard to raise her leaf-kite into the sky or stretching to pluck a star from the sky, Little Chick remains genuinely childlike without being cloyingly sweet or precociously clever. Jeram's loose, sketchy illustrations, created in pencil and watercolor, keep the two main characters front and center while providing just enough detail of the pleasant, pastoral setting. Warmly familiar and enchantingly fresh. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Candlewick Press
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10.20(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.50(d)
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Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Amy Hest, a three-time winner of the Christopher Award, is the author of KISS GOOD NIGHT and other stories about Sam and Mrs. Bear, as well as the Baby Duck series and many more award-winning books for children. She lives in New York City.

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