Saturday, July 4, 2015

Book Review: Sonya's Chickens by Phoebe Wahl

I saw this on *Netgalley and was excited by both the cover and the description. It sounded like it was going to be a good read.

Sonya's papa gives her three baby chickens. Sonya does her best to feed and care for all three. But one night loud noises come from the chicken coop. When Sonya goes out to investigate she finds one of her chickens missing.

Ok the illustrations in this are so rich and amazing. The deep colors and drawing styles remind me a bit of Van Gogh. It was just a wonderful piece of artwork to look through. I think all good picture books should have artwork as delicious as this.

The subject matter in this may be a bit hard for smaller children. The death of any animal in a book can be rough for children but the author does a good job of explaining why some animals kill other animals. Circle of life and what not. I like though that the author doesn't gloss over Sonya's feelings while introducing the concept. Sonya still mourns her chicken even though her papa made her understand why the fox took her chicken.

My son fell in love with the cover just like I did. He had a bit of a hard time understanding what the book was trying to say. But this is another one of those cases where my son's brain works differently from others so some concepts are harder for him. He did ask me if foxes like the taste of chicken. I explained to him that yes they do just like he likes how they taste.

5 out of 5 stars.

*I received a free copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion
**This book was read with my special needs son who is severely learning disabled. The review reflects not only my opinion but his as well

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