Who’s This Little Chick?
Little Steps, 2021
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.95
When a little chick hatches from a little rock in their garden, Jay and Essie go on a mission to find her family. Assuming that because she hatched from an egg. they go to the chicken zoo to search. But while they find all sorts of different chickens, none of them are the little chick’s parents. Will there be a happy ending?
Told in rhyme, this story follows a familiar theme of searching for a parent by comparing the baby’s characteristics to those of the adults, but this has the twist of introducing young readers to some of the different species of chooks that there are, beyond those that are more familiar. Some of very strange but sadly, this little chick isn’t like them at all.
As well as that aspect, young readers can also consider whether chickens are the only things that hatch from eggs, and they could even start to compare their own looks to those of their parents so they can see the various features they share that make them a unique blend of genes.
Was the little chick even a chick? Perhaps a story that initiates the discussion about where they came from.