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[T]he children drew pictures
of their chicks to post on the walls. All
of the other children’s pictures were cute
and yellow and very much alike. Sally’s
picture… wasn’t.

“Good work, children,” said Mrs. Henshaw. “Now let’s
investigate what our little chicks like to eat.”

“Mine likes seeds!” said one boy.

“Mine likes beetles!” said another.

“Mine is trying to eat the other chicks,” said Sally.

One of these chicks is really not like the others. But every time Sally tries to point this out, her teacher simply tells her not to be difficult. While the teacher’s careful refusal to acknowledge the elephant (dragon) in the room is increasingly absurd, Sally begins to love her “chick” despite the many challenges it presents.

Ultimately, this sweet, dryly funny book is about differences, unpredictability, and loving the one you’re with.

Author: Michelle Knudsen
Illustrator: Andrea Wesson


Library Lion


This is another book with a great premise.  Libraries and lions really do (or should) go together.  The idea of a lion who basically adopts a library would be enough to carry a book.  But this book goes further.  It is also a story about friendship and about rules.  Rules, this story says, are very important.  But sometimes, when there is a very good reason (like friendship), some rules can be broken.

This books trusts kids to be able to understand nuance.  As someone who spends a lot of time focused on rules (“Elbows off the table!”), I appreciate that.  And, leaving aside all nuance, the kids greatly appreciate the frequent opportunities to roar along.

Author:  Michelle Knudsen
Illustrator:  Kevin Hawkes