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Something to Crow About

Something to Crow About

by Megan Halsey Lane

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the start, the newly hatched chick Randall isn't able to do things quite as well as Cassie: his friend can scratch, strut, cheep and find worms better than Randall can. Even in appearance, the chipper chicks are different: Cassie's pink polka-dot bow is neatly tied around her neck, while Randall's blue-striped bow doesn't stay tied for long. (Poor Randall didn't even do a very tidy job of hatching--he has bits of eggshell all over him.) The chicks grow up, and when Cassie lays an egg, Randall is so frustrated--here's something else Cassie excels at--that he lets out a loud, familiar cry: ``Cock-a-doodle-doo.'' Cassie is impressed, particularly when she discovers this is something that she can't do. In the end, the two acknowledge that being different is ``really something to crow about. '' With a suitably simple text and cheery pictures, Lane teaches this basic lesson of individuality very effectively. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Two newly hatched chicks may look alike, but Randall can't hold a candle to Cassie when it comes to such fowl deeds as scratching, strutting, cheeping, finding worms, or laying eggs. Cassie's superior capabilities are a serious threat to Randall's self-esteem, but he keeps on trying, determined to find at least one thing to crow about. This first lesson in self-assurance is a tight and tidy package. Text and illustrations are unpretentious and well suited to their task. A few terse lines per page tell Randall and Cassie's story, while Lane's watercolor-and-ink cartoons capture her protagonists in a few deft strokes of Easter egg pastels. Where an earlier chick nearly drowned of a galloping case of ``me-too-ism'' (Mirra Ginsburg's The Chick and the Duckling, Macmillan, 1972), Randall suffers from more of a ``why-not-me'' syndrome. Both books present common toddler concerns, humorously addressed and appropriately resolved. Children are certain to take to the new book as readily as they did to the old .--Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.85(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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