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WHERE DO CHICKS COME FROM? by Amy E. Sklansky

WHERE DO CHICKS COME FROM?

By Amy E. Sklansky (Author) , Pam Paparone (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-06-028892-2
Publisher: HarperCollins

A clear text addresses the age-old “chicken and egg” problem, with solid results. Readers are first introduced to the egg, and then to its parents, moving back to the egg once it’s laid, and tracking the progress of the growing chick. Both text and illustrations are entirely suited to the audience; if a little lacking in flair, they nevertheless resist anthropomorphization and deliver those tiny details that are important to young readers: “At one end of the egg is an air space. This is where the chick will take its first breath.” The inside-the-egg views show the growing chick and its growing sack of waste as it consumes the yolk and develops into a more-or-less recognizable bird. These images alternate with views of the hen tending her eggs or dashing off for a bite to eat and then returning to cluck to her eggs: “The chicks are learning to recognize the sound of the mother’s voice.” A worthy entry in the venerable Let’s Read and Find Out series, and one that will always find an audience. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)