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Cheerful Chick
illus. by Brian Won. 40p. Scholastic. Jan. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338134186.
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PreS-Gr 1—Chick is a natural-born cheerleader. She hatches out of her egg waving pompoms, ready to inspire others with her moves and her words. But to realize her dream, she must ignore all naysayers. Her persistence leads to her dreams coming true; not just for herself, but for the other animals on the farm who want to be cheerful, too. Brockenbrough's cheerleading chicks are male and female. Their feathers range in color from beige to brown. They wear 1950s-style outfits and speak in rhyme. Won uses spreads to emphasize the size contrast between the chicks and the bigger farm animals (pig, horse, cow), and to showcase Chick utilizing the whole farmyard as a gymnasium.
VERDICT A funny story about realizing one's dreams and accepting other's natural talents.

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