I always appreciate children’s books that have the potential to teach my own kids good lessons via simple, allegorical stories. At first glance, one might see this as a quirky little story about a chicken, but, in reality, it has extremely deep implications of adoption.
As a Christian, I believe God’s command to care for orphans, mentioned many times throughout the Bible, is something not to take lightly – that we are all called to this whether it’s doing the actual adopting or assisting in other ways. So, because of that, this is an important aspect of life I want my children to understand.
A chicken, who preferred keeping her own “pre-baby” lifestyle intact, suddenly had an egg she had to carry around. She had nowhere to keep this egg so another chicken couple, who had been unable to have children, took the egg in as their own.
There is a lot of “real life” representation in the characters – such as the other chickens who wouldn’t help her but were “very nice to her” and the red bird which guided her to the chicken couple and brought them all together with the power of its beautiful song. The main character was cleverly named Hope. And a symbolic little (and surely intentional) nuance was that, though all the other chicken couples carried various designs of eggs, the single chicken’s egg (rainbow-colored) matched the adopting couple’s design perfectly.
It’s hard to say whether this book is the best book to explain the beauty and love of adoption, but I’d say it is a good one. The artwork is sweet and simple — attractive to children — and it is easy to read in one sitting with a child.
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