The Churkendoose

Summary:

Each of the barnyard birds had an opinion on why they were the best fowl in the yard. When they discover an egg unlike any other, they are sure that something foul is going on. When the egg finally hatched, out popped Sam, a rare bird, indeed. While most of the birds were helping Sam grow, he was trying to decide who (or what) he is.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story has a good lesson for kids about not only being true to yourself, but also thinking about how and what you say to others.

Content Awareness Factors:

The illustrations don't match the quality of the story. The Churkendoose looks amazingly like an ostrich, not a unique rare bird.


Little Kid Reaction

S/He likes this book, mostly for the name. By the time we read it (at our child's request) the second time, s/he was shouting "Churkendoose" mid-way through the story.

Parent Reaction

This is a nice twist on the usual be-yourself/ugly-duckling theme. The various fowl represent many of the personalities that kids encounter on a daily basis, whether peers or adults.

Type of Book:
This is a story that speaks to the theme that we have the traits of others, but are individuals, too.
Educational Themes:

It is easy to do role playing with this book, as it would bring the characters to life and let kids hear for themselves how they sometimes sound.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 4½-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The story has a valuable lesson, but it isn't one you'll come back to very frequently to reinforce the message when it's forgotten.

Title The Churkendoose
About
Author Lynda Bulla
Publisher Katydid Publishing LLC © 2003
Illustrators Ernie Hergenroeder
ISBN 0972427228
Material Hard Cover
Genres Friendship, Self Worth
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