All by Myself!

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All by Myself!
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Release Date
March 13, 2012
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978-1926973128
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When five hens leave the coop to go pecking for grain, five little chicks are left all by themselves for the day. At first the chicks — Ivan, Lily, Leonard, Shirley, and narrator Anthony — cry. Then, they get scared: what if their moms never come home? What if a fox finds them? The chicks must work together to brave the day without their mothers.

When the hens return to the coop with delicious grain at lunchtime, all but one of the chicks — Anthony — fall upon the food ravenously. Bolstered by his triumphant day at home alone, Anthony pauses to declare that he is ready to eat all by himself for the first time.

A beloved book in its original French, All By Myself! is a plucky tale about cooperation and independence. Told in part through mixed media illustrations and energetic text, this picture book will inspire and entertain young readers as they approach their own hallmarks of growing up.

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I adore the little chicks in this book. When their mothers leave to collect food for the chicks, they worry. They cry and wonder when their mothers will come back, and what will happen if they don't. The chicks work together and make a plan but before they know it, their mothers come home. Anthony (the narrator chick) finally tries to eat his food like his friends, "all by myself."

I thought this book was simply sweet. The illustrations are cute and have a lot of texture and depth to them. The story flows nicely and even the youngest children will be able to follow along and enjoy this book.
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