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'Tiny Polly: The story of a brave chicken' is a little book with a big message. Written by Jinan Samman and beautifully illustrated in watercolour by Evgeniya Kozhevnikova, it can be shared with young children but is also simple enough to be tackled by beginner readers on their own.
Polly lives on a farm with other chickens but because of her small size, she is not included in any of their activities. Desperate to be like the others, she tries to make herself grow but to no avail. It takes a serious occurrence when the farmer is away at market before the flock realises that Polly is more than worthy of their respect and friendship and that differences are to be praised not condemned. Her courage and ingenuity win acceptance in the end and her self esteem is really boosted.
Children will more than likely pick up on the bullying by the bigger chickens and relate this to their own experiences, so the story is an excellent way to encourage the sharing of any concerns. Even if this is not a problem though, young children will surely appreciate the lesson the chickens learn in this delightful picture book and will read it again and again.
Drena Irish, A LoveReading4Kids Amabssador
Tiny Polly is a tale of a bullied chicken who wants nothing more than to be accepted.On a farm where she's outcast for looking different, Polly shows us that empathy as well as a kind and brave heart are really what matters most.The beautiful watercolor illustrations by artist Evgeniya Kozhevnikova stimulate imagination, creativity, critical thinking and perhaps most importantly, a love for reading in little ones.A fun book about acceptance and difference, it is perfect for gently introducing the topic of bullying.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
The idea of celebrating each character's uniqueness is commendable and increasingly needed in today's society. With this in mind, 'Tiny Polly' could be helpful as a book that an infant teacher might use as a starting point for discussion. Full review
|Publication date:||13th February 2021|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers, 5+ readers|
|Genres:||Animal Stories, Farm Animals, Personal Social Health Economic , Animals|
|Recommendations:||Indie Books We Love|
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