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story.lead_photo.caption A Little Chicken by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Dan Taylor (Sterling Children's Books, March 2019) (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/CELIA STOREY)

TITLE: A Little Chicken

By Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Dan Taylor (Sterling Children's Books), 32 pages.

STORY: Picture books in which a girl masters self-doubt to save the day are a dime a dozen. This one costs $26.95.

Dot, a chicken, wears round spectacles, meaning she's brainy. The American Poultry Association doesn't recog

nize any breed like this fully fledged girl-pullet with a red comb, heel spurs, overalls and prehensile wings, but definitely she's a little chicken: She's afraid of garden gnomes.

While hammering a security camera onto the coop, she knocks an unhatched sibling into a series of improbable cliffhangers. She fails and fails to save the egg but, of course, she doesn't give up and so, finally, she saves the egg.

The story unrolls as a series of cliffhangers as the surprisingly athletic Dot bounds through colorful landscapes with attractively multi-toned foliage. The prose is designed to be read aloud, and kudos to Sauer for egg-shewing stupid puns.

Read to Me is a weekly review of short books.

Style on 04/01/2019

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