Gloria is not like the others in her brood. Bold, brave and a bit-of-a-show-off she lives by her own set of rules and is the freest of free range chooks. When Gloria doesn’t return to the coop, the family fear the worse. Whilst the hens argue over who is at fault for making her run away, Gloria is much closer than they think. With only her will to survive and measly rations will she be found in time? Will the brood welcome her back with open feathers…
Delivered in bouncy prose and brilliantly illustrated with colourful, expressive artwork, The Daring Tale of Gloria the Great is a rollicking rhyming story that will have readers in fits of giggles before reflecting on her treatment at the wings of the other hens. Great for reading together, it is egg-cellent for exploring differences and the need to be accepting, respectful and tolerant of everyone.
Bursting with silly antics and the most unusual of treasure hunts for a lost chook, readers will love joining in the fun. Clued up ones will know exactly what has happened to Gloria long before the reveal and they will be rooting for the search party to find her asap. Gloria is such a fun character; flapping, clucking and waddling to her own beat her personality bursts off the pages. In a world that seems to be becoming increasingly intolerant, Gloria is a shining example of the joys found in being yourself and readers will hopefully feel encouraged and empowered to spread their wings, to cluck loudly and to peck their own path.
The supporting hen-semble are a cracking bunch who offer hope with their ability to turn over a new wing, to change their views, to acknowledge their behaviours, to apologise for their actions and to become better members of their brood. Because whilst life without Gloria might’ve been OK for a short while, life is much richer when the noisy, boastful and strange hen is part of it. The more Gloria’s we have in the world, the happier the world will be.
Recommended for 3+.
With huge thanks to Penguin for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.