|The Chicken and the Egg by Allan Plenderleith|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: Another delightful story from Allan Plenderleith for the older pre-schooler. It would make a gorgeous Easter egg.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 40||Date: March 2013|
|External links: Author's website|
Flo the chicken lived on a farm where every chicken laid one egg every day, except for Flo, that is. She tried everything - you'll see from the pictures that she really did try everything, but nothing worked. Then one day it rained and all the other chickens went into the coop but there was no room for Flo - so there was nothing left for her to do but hide under a tree. As the rain came down, so did something else and a really BIG egg landed right next to Flo. The other chickens were just a bit sceptical (the egg was bigger than Flo), but Flo was the maternal type and she loved that egg and cared for it all through the year. Then came the night when a predator came calling at the farm and Flo wouldn't leave her egg...
No - I'm not going to tell you what happens! Suffice it to say that it's a gorgeous story of maternal love, devotion and bravery, but most of all it's about the power of having a dream, even if it is just a tiny bit unrealistic! There's a lovely tension in the story and surprisingly, I found that it was still there when I reread the book. I can imagine young readers squealing as the story progresses.
It's a lovely book to share with a child. The story is good and the illustrations complement it perfectly. They're of the type which reward a second look - I found quite a few gems on my second reading. It's good for the emerging reader too - a perfect size for small hands to hold without assistance and with a suitably sturdy construction that means this isn't a books about which you need to be too precious.
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
If you'd like something similar then you need look no further than The Silly Satsuma also by Allan Plenderleith.
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