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Author: Taro Gomi

Illustrator: Taro Gomi

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2013

Material: board book

Summary: Two chicks are playing hide and seek with their mommy when she disappears. In their search to find her they mistake her for a flower and then a scary looking dog. Finally, they find her on the roof of the barn and it's time to go home. This is a story that gives young readers to be part of the seek-and-find looking for Mom.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 3 to 6

Interest Level: 1 to 3

Reading Level: 0.8

Age of Child: Read with children ages 7 months and nearly 3 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: We read this book one time, because my children did not want to read it again.

Adult Reader Reaction: Parent 1: I did not like this book. The poor chicks could not find their mom and instead encountered a scary-looking dog. This was not enjoyable to read all the way through.

Parent 2: The book is well sized for little hands and the story is simple enough that kids can create their own adventure from what is happening.

Pros: Simple illustrations convey the story of a parent and child playing hide and seek; and the repetitious dialogue gives young listeners a chance to be part of reading!

Cons: Some children may be turned off by the scary-looking dog.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a story that your children may latch onto; for others, the illustrations may be intimidating. Read it at the library first.


Educational Themes: This is a story that you can act out with the kids, just by playing hide and seek. The vocabulary is simple and familiar (Mommy), which also gives you opportunities to use the book to develop reading skills.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, family

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2015

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