Saturday, December 15, 2012

Little Chick and Mommy Cat by Marta Zafrilla illustrated by Nora Hillb

"It's true that most little chicks have mothers who are hens, that puppies have fathers who are dogs, that elephants have elephant families, and ants have little baby ants, but then there are families who are different. Like mine! It's great being different! I'm a chick, and my mommy is a cat. And I think it's amazing! My mommy's got lovely soft fur, whiskers that tickle me, and a long, beautiful tail. What more could I ask for? Would you like to hear my story?"

"Little Chick and Mommy Cat is a story that explores diversity in a fun way, raising awareness of how every child is entitled to a family based on a love that goes beyond the color of one's skin or origin to embrace differences." (back cover of book)

I love the approach Marta Zafrilla used when broaching this topic. What a beautiful way to briefly mention a birth mother who knew she couldn't take care of her baby and an adoptive mother who was unable to have a baby of her own. This book is adorable and great for a family story time for 4-6 year-olds.

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