Posted by Ruth
What critters could be more spring-like than ducks and rabbits and chicks? Thank goodness for two brand-new 2009 picture books that are on my most favorite list and are a wonderful way to welcome the changing of the seasons.
Tough Chicks by Cece Meng, illustrated by Melissa Suber
The three tough chicks-Penny, Polly, and Molly-are rough, tough little chicks from the moment they hatch. They are mud-stomping, worm-wrestling, bug-collecting, mechanically inclined little chicks. All the other animals beg Mother Hen to “Make them be good!” She insists they are good-even when they are rambunctious and tough and determined to do things their own way! I love the illustrations that mimic the quick action of the characters as they “peep, peep, zoom, zip, cheep” around the farm and into their barnyard adventures.
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Depending on how you look at it, each page shows a duck, or a rabbit. At either side of the illustrations is a dialogue between two readers who are arguing about which critter is on the page. The clever drawings are drawn as a kind of optical illusion that makes it possible to see both animals. The dialogue is pretty funny, too; neither speaker will give up their argument. A great read-aloud with simple text so your kids will soon be able to “read” it themselves.