Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hook


Ed Young's Hook tells the story of a strange egg that is rescued by a Native American boy who gives it to a hen. After hatching, the hen notices the chick's hook nose and calls him "Hook." It is not long after that the hen also knows that Hook is "not meant for earth" and so she sets out to help him find his way.

The chalk illustrations are sumptuous and the message of friendship and dedication is very thoughtful. The text is sparse, but that isn't a problem since the illustrations are so rich. I think there are many ways you could use this book including contrasting Hook and the hen who adopts him (think Venn diagram). This would also be a great book for introducing time lines to young students.

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