Flora and the Chicks

by Molly Idle

Little Flora sets out to check her chicken and maybe find some chicks. As she looks, she discovers one chick hatching after the other in this counting book that takes the reader/looker from one to ten. The fun of discovery is aided by the special layout of the book. Each spread has pages to flip open before finding a number and the chicks to count. Flora’s large blue and white dish becomes an accessory as she utilizes it to contain some of the chicks. A favorite illustration shows Flora finding a chick in the nest who is upside down with his legs sticking straight up. Chick number 5 is a brown chick, joining the other yellow and orange ones. As the chicks try to make the great escape by crawling out of Flora’s bowl, she has to do some fancy acrobatics to get them back. The delightful illustrations in this book are highly entertaining. This book is one of the “Flora” series that includes Flora and the Flaming, a Caldecott Honor Book. Preschools and families with young children will enjoy this creatively constructed board book.

Reviewer: Nancy Attebury