CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 31 . . . . April 13, 2012
Little Chick is left in the chicken coop while Mama goes to peck for grain. Reminiscent of the situation of children who are dropped at day care while their parents go to work, Little Chick and his four friends begin to panic that their mothers will not return and that terrible things will happen to them. In their panic and by trying to distract each other, all of the chicks become preoccupied and begin to enjoy themselves.
All By Myself! provides a positive perspective on the power of a peer’s influence. Little Chick’s emotions are validated, and he does not have to be ashamed of his feelings because the other chicks are feeling the same way. Collet provides a range of emotions, including fear, sadness, worry and panic, which are realistic in the context of the story. Each chick develops a distinct personality which is important to the progress of the story and highlights the importance of the individual and the strengths that each member brings to a group.
Kate Hachborn is a Library Technician at the W. Ross Macdonald School in Brantford, ON.
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