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ARGUS by Michelle Knudsen

ARGUS

By Michelle Knudsen (Author) , Andréa Wesson (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3790-3
Publisher: Candlewick

A class science project raising baby chicks becomes a memorable lesson in tolerance when one “chick” is decidedly different from the others. As Mrs. Henshaw distributes small, buff-colored chicken eggs, Sally notices that her large green egg with yellow spots “looks different.” After her egg hatches into a scaly green critter with big yellow eyes, Sally’s classmates respond with “Ewww.” Calmly, Mrs. Henshaw replies: “Some chicks just, uh, look different.” Sally names her “chick” Argus and finds him a handful, especially when he tries to eat the other chicks as well as her classmates. She wishes she had a cute fluffy chick until Argus disappears and she misses him—a lot. Precise, detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations portray Argus as a wild and wily but endearing green dragon whose very presence in the classroom adds a surprising, hilarious dimension to the text, stretching the concept of “different” to the limit. Kudos to unflappable Mrs. Henshaw, Knudsen and Wesson. With his expressive ears, wings and tail, naughty Argus will capture attention and hearts. (Picture book. 4-7)