To the other animals in the barnyard, the most remarkable thing about the eponymous heroine-"the littlest little" chick-is her diminutiveness. " 'My, you're so tiny!' bleat[s] the nanny goat tall." But there's a lot more to Wee Little Chick than her size. She [despite the "he" on the flap copy] can climb the highest of all her siblings, she has the loudest peep, and despite her "tiny little legs" she runs "the fastest of them all!" Butler (A Mama for Owen), working in his signature cuddly representational style, communicates that there's something special about his protagonist without anthropomorphizing her (aside from a glimmer of smile): those bold black eyes convey that this chick has the poultry version of fire in the belly. Even more intriguingly, neither the illustrator nor Thompson (the Little Quack series) turns this story into a typical narrative arc of condescension, envy, angst, struggle and triumph. Wee Little Chick is amazing from the start, and everyone seems most impressed by her achievements. This brisk, straightforward approach to a self-esteem message should resonate even with children who have no concerns about their place on the height charts-or in the pecking order. Ages 2-6. (Jan.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Wee Little Chickby Lauren Thompson, John Butler (Illustrator)
Wee Little Chicken is the smalles of all his new brothers and sisters. Will he let that stop him from climbing the highest, running the fastest, and chirping the loudest? No way - when he puts his mind to it, Wee Little Chicken just might show all of the animals on the farm that wee little is just the right size.
The author of the beloved "Little Quack" series (S & S) presents a perfect-for-spring story about a tiny bird with a big new life. All of the farm animals observe "the littlest little chick" and presume that she won't be as tall, as loud, as fast, or as savvy as Mama Hen's other just-hatched offspring. But the wee little chick proves them wrong and shows that she can do anything she puts her mind to. Thompson's simple, rhythmic text moves the action along at a brisk, even pace. Butler's bright acrylic and pencil illustrations artistically portray the story's springtime mood and warmhearted tone. The creatures are depicted with soft-edged lines, vibrant textures, and expressive features. This lovely book will complement lessons and storytimes on such concepts as size, proportion, and self-esteem.
Kristen FreyCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
Lauren Thompson is the author of several picture books, including the popular Mouse’s First series, Little Quack series, and the Wee Little series. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed The Apple Pie That Papa Baked as well as Leap Back Home to Me; Chew, Chew, Gulp!; and Hop, Hop, Jump! She lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn, New York.
John Butler has illustrated more than forty books for children, including Little Chick, Little Bunny, A Mama for Owen, and While You Were Sleeping. He has worked for Sesame Street and Time magazine and resides in the United Kingdom.
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