by Tricia Stone-Shumaker, Kim Sponaugle (Illustrator)
When the other chickens make fun of Poppy's crooked beak, he is left feeling sad and bleak until Remi takes Poppy on an enlightening journey. The unlikely duo meet a range of new friends who all have something that makes them different from the rest of their pack. Poppy's travels will introduce children to the beautiful world of inclusivity and show them that being different is what makes them truly exceptional.
This was a great book about inclusion. It’s so important to read books like this to our children. Teach them young to not judge people by how they look. I have had several personal experiences in life with people who may look different and it affects them in a negative way. This book will introduce your children to several animals who might not fit in with the rest of their group just because they look different. But that doesn’t mean they have to feel different. I love the choice of the characters with the one legged duck, a fish missing a fin, a snake who can’t slither, a horse with a hoarse voice, and finally another chicken. I loved the rhyming scheme. I thought it was very well done and nothing seemed forced. I love how the story comes full circle. We get to meet other animals who try to lift Poppy’s spirits. Then by the end, Poppy runs into another chicken named Charlie with a beak problem too and it's now Poppy’s turn to help let him know that his beak is what makes him, him. The writing and the illustrations are very well done. I’d highly recommend this book to add to your inclusivity book collection.
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