Written by Jerry Davis
Illustrated by Katie Davis
Themes: Christmas day, anticipation, giving
Available from the Amazon Kindle Store.
Little Chicken! Rise ‘n Shine!
Little Chicken, like any littl’un can’t wait for it to be Christmas day, and keeps on asking Big Chicken if it is? Meanwhile the two of them busy themselves with all those typical Christmas preparations: decorating the tree, seeing Santa at the store, wrapping the presents…. Finally Big Chicken wakes up Little Chicken on Christmas morning and we discover the reason Little Chicken had been so excited – no, it’s not all about the presents he’s about to receive!
Why I like this book:
Simple = beautiful. The text is sparse and the storyline is very simple, but therein lays the great appeal of this Christmas story. The funky font is great fun and the bright, bold digital pictures against the monochrome white background (occasionally blue or green) of lots of typical pre-Christmas excitement-building moments in a child’s life are so true to life and will have readers and listeners nodding their heads in anticipation of the big day. The solution is adorable and I love that in its unfolding there are a couple of pages of Little Chicken alone racing to fulfill his special moment – the illustrations have a super balance of the mom’s calm and the kid’s bubble. The final spread is perfect for a book this wrapped in Christmas’ excitement. The limited color palate is very effective and I confess my eyes trailed Big and Little Chicken’s footwear through the entire book, as they made me laugh so much. This is a perfect read for preschoolers in the days leading up to the Big Day!
- Create Christmas drawing/card for parents/caregiver
- Discussion on how does your family prepare for Christmas or Hannukah or…
- The illustrator’s website can be found at www.katiedavis.com
- Little Chicken Bookmarks/coloring pages and more
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