Tough Chicks by Cece Meng

One Halloween when my oldest daughter was in preschool or kindergarten, she wanted to be a Power Ranger, just not the pink or yellow ones (who were the girls).  This is the same child who loved playing with her Thomas the Tank Engine trains, and enjoyed being Daddy’s little assistance when he was working on a project.  She would have loved the book Tough Chicks, and so will any girl who is part tomboy or just has a wide variety of interests.  This book reinforces the idea that it’s okay to be different and have different interests.

Penny, Polly and Molly are tough chicks from the moment they leave their shells to strut and zoom around the farm.  They wrestle worms and race bugs  and roll in the mud, while their mother keeps insisting to all the other barn animals that they are good chicks.  The tough chicks even get into trouble with the farmer when he finds them in his tractor.  They try to do things like the other chicks do, but are a bit of a failure at the things they try.  When they end up saving the henhouse and the day, the farmer and all the animals finally agree with Mama Hen that they are good chicks.


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