Author: Soderguit, Alfredo
Hens and their chicks love their warm, snug home. Life is simple and comfortable in the chicken coop, where everyone knows their place and worries are far away, until one day when the capybaras appear. To the hens, the capybaras are too big, too wet, and too hairy. But it's hunting season, and the capybaras need somewhere safe to hide. Can the hens learn to get along with their unexpected guests?
Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/01/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/04/21)
The Hornbook (00/05/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 01/01/2021 The chickens live a good life, with plentiful food, a cozy coop, and a roomy pen—until their idyllic existence is interrupted by a family of bedraggled capybaras, on the run from hunting season in the marsh. The chickens are dismayed by the unwelcome addition to the farm, but they decide that the persecuted rodents may stay, as long as they abide by certain rules. After a young capybara rescues a wayward chick, however, tensions thaw, and the disparate groups learn to get along and even delight in each other’s company. Soderguit’s winning, mostly black-and-white illustrations are stylishly punctuated with occasional pops of color, and the book often lets the appealing artwork speak for itself in the form of wordless pages. Amado’s translation provides simple text, but it has depth, offering a gentle introduction to the concepts of persecution and refugees. Sensitive youngsters may be concerned about some of the implications, but ultimately this is a call to love and welcome each other, no matter our differences, and it’s proof that acceptance bears the sweetest fruits. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.