4 out of 4 stars
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What came first the chicken or the egg? by Jeff Cyr is a children’s book based on the age-old question that seeks to determine what appeared first between the chicken and the egg. According to Cyr, many have sought to answer the question, from seers and kings to sages but still, the question has continued to baffle people and no one has been able to answer it.
In the book, Jeff Cyr assumes two characters, Chin and Ken. Chin is from the Chin flock while Ken comes from the Ken flock. While out strolling, Ken spots a beautiful girl, so pretty and unique. A girl whose kind he had never seen before. Chin reciprocates the love and its love at first sight. Still, she is hesitant. They decide to ask her flock for permission to be together. Ken’s proposal is met with heart-breaking rejection and so they have to leave Chin’s group. Off they go to Ken’s flock, but will they be accepted into the family?
I found the book, What came first the chicken or the egg? captivating with a romantic but simple plot. The storyline is simple enough for any young reader to follow. It is full of humorous and suspenseful moments. The beautiful and enlightening images were a great addition to the story too. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The truth of this statement can clearly be seen in this particular book. The author used the illustrations to present the differences between the Chin and Ken flocks, creating a splendid basis for the overall plot.
The book contains rhyming words which made reading What came first the chicken or the egg? even more fun. The rhythm that is maintained by the author will help young readers with their pronunciation.
More importantly, I found the plot’s theme to be very educative and very skilfully intertwined with the narrative. Ken and Chin face difficulties and they are rejected by their own communities. Still, they do not give up. The message will help young readers appreciate the challenges that mixed couples encounter. Further, it teaches children to accept themselves as they are without trying too hard to fit it. In this book, they learn to accept their uniqueness.
The book is also well-structured. The author pairs two sentences or phrases together to maintain the pattern. This will definitely make narration effortless and ease the reader’s comprehension. On grammar, I identified only one grammatical error. Considering all the great features of this book, I rate What came first the chicken or the egg? 4 out of 4 stars.
What came first the chicken or the egg?
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