Tiny Polly

The Story of a Brave Chicken

Children - Social Issues
32 Pages
Reviewed on 07/15/2021
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Author Biography

Jinan Samman was born in Tripoli, Lebanon and currently lives in Athens Greece with her daughter and husband.
As a former Biology teacher, she spent over 10 years teaching her students about the unity and diversity of life, before changing her career path and devoting her time to creative writing. Jinan's work is inspired by her experience with children, both inside and outside of the classroom. In her free time, you'll most probably find her building something or planning to, she enjoys travelling, making chocolate art (and eating it!) and spending time with her family and friends.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joanne Ang for Readers' Favorite

Tiny Polly: The Story of a Brave Chicken is a picture book written by Jinan Samman and illustrated by Evgeniya Kozhevnikova for young readers. The story starts with a special chicken named Polly. Polly is unique because she is the smallest chicken of the flock at the farm. Because of her small stature, Polly is an outcast and has no friends. However, Polly has a great heart. This book will take you on an adventure with Polly that will surely leave a lasting mark through its valuable lessons on bravery and kindness.

With its simple and easy-to-understand writing, Jinan Samman does a fabulous job on Tiny Polly. The life lessons set out by Polly are short and logical, highly suitable for young children who have just started reading. I like how Jinan included Polly’s negative emotions in the story, such as sad feelings and loneliness that came from being an outcast. It teaches children from an early age to be more aware of people they might unintentionally hurt, just because they are different. I think Tiny Polly conveys the lesson elegantly. I love the beautiful artwork illustrated by Evgeniya. The watercolors give the story an organic feel that reminds me of the storybooks I read when I was a child. As I grew older, I started to appreciate the artwork behind each book, and I am sure the illustrations in Tiny Polly will leave the same impression on young readers. With its brilliant storyline, well-thought-out lessons, and beautifully drawn pictures, I highly recommend this book.

Reens

This story is very encouraging for children reminding them that it's ok to be different. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses and we should be appreciative and accepting of each other no matter our differences. Even though Polly is small, she was very brave and courageous and found a way to help everyone in the coop.

Naomi V. Dunsen-White

Three Clucks for Polly!
Great story that teaches the wonderful lesson about how it doesn’t matter how big you are, it matters WHO you are. Judging and teasing others for being different is wrong. Polly shows others her worth by what she does. Those who tease her are sorry in the end. A lovely lesson for children.

BookReviews88

Fantastic!
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2021
This delightful, fast-paced, rhyming tale had us cracking up! Brave Polly tried everything she could to get bigger so that she could hang with the others (even though they made fun of her) but thankfully, nothing works. One day, something happens that changes everything! (No spoilers here) but I absolutely love the message...we’re all unique & special in our own way & kids especially need frequent reminders of this. Polly rocks!! Five stars.

Gail Notestine

Entirely Too Cute!
This is one of the most adorable children's picture books I've seen. The story shows that little doesn't mean inconsequential, and the illustrations are darling. A great book for building self-esteem.

Rita El Hajj

All for diversity and inclusion!
A lesson for the young ones and a reminder for us all that being different is what makes us unique! An invitation to embrace and cherish our uniqueness and to accept the others not despite of their differences but because of them!

Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer.

"Jinan's story is well told and supports her commitment to encourage a more empathic world by halting bullying and accepting diversity and embracing it. Very strong debut children's book! Recommended."

Jessicareadsandwrite

This is a beautiful book for kids.

I'll definitely buy a print copy to gift for my 4-year-old son. What I love the most about the book is that it got a proper story, and uses words that are easy to read and would stimulate young minds. I can feel the author's respect for kids as human beings. The art is lovely and far superior compared to some famous picture books with ugly sketchy drawings, which I feel horrible to make my son see, and answer why dogs don't look like dogs, etc.

Very recommended for parents looking for a picture book with a moral lesson.

Julie A. Lyford

Wonderfully Illustrated Story

I LOVE this book. The illustrations are wonderful and really bring the story to life. Polly's story is one that children will be able to identify with and really enjoy her heart. She is a brave and fun character to get to know!

Susan Reynolds

Important Message

Polly was a very small chicken. She was so small that all the other chickens made fun of her. She was sad and lonely. One day all the chickens were in danger. Would Polly help them even though they were mean to her? Read theis story to find out. It has a great message for all age children.

I Love Rhyming Books

Tiny Polly!!!

The colorful watercolor illustrations are captivating and engaging. As indicated, the story perfectly introduces young readers to the concept of bullying, kindness and self acceptance in a gentle way. The story also includes a cute affirmation at the end. Great book!

Myiesha D.

Great reminder

There’s beauty in everyone! This book is a great reminder to see, acknowledge, and celebrate the differences in everyone. We all bring something valuable to the table! Cute story!

Artist Diamond

Small with a Big Heart

This is a great story about being bullied but proving because you are small show the world you can do great things. A chicken was ridiculed and avoided because it was small. It wanted to be accepted. When trouble strikes, the small chick called for help to the rescue.

Keith Kayhoe

Highly recommended for a little one

My 3 year old daughter absolutely loved it. She keeps flipping through the pages over and over. The book is about little chicken who was made fun of for his small size. But on the end was praised for saving the day.

Irma Lima

Don't underestimate one's size

This was a cute book. Liked the illustrations. I did get scared for the chickens and my mind said "oh my" as I read it. I'm sure some children will have a little fear but will love the surprise. The other chickens did learn a big lesson. A good read.

Carolyn Cutler Hughes

Bravery

This story reminds me of David and Goliath. The little chicken’s bravery saved the day. Size doesn’t matter. The illustrations are beautiful and I love to see real watercolor.

Ekaterina Cleary

Wonderful story with beautiful illustrations

The moral of the story is that we each have our own unique and special traits. Polly the chicken ends up saving the day despite being the runt of the family. Beautiful watercolor pictures enhance the storytelling!

JSV

Encouraging!

A fabulous, feel-good book that leaves you with a warm feeling in your heart. The engaging story about a little chicken shows children that everyone is special and that we all have a purpose. Fun and encouraging!

Jennifer C Thomson

Lovely!

The illustrations are bright and catches the eye, perfect for a child. The story really shines a light on how our differences are really strengths that make us stronger together as a whole. Well done!

Mariam G.

Wonderful book!

I can't recommend this book enough! I got it for my 4-year-old nephew and he just loved it, it's his favorite bedtime book as of yet! The illustrations are very beautiful too. This book is also very relevant and highlights the importance of teaching kids that we all don't have in the same shape and color and is very insightful and important to bring up while kids are growing up. Highly recommend!

M. Black

Love this book

My daughter loved this book. She’s a first grader and she read it with ease. I love the message and the rhyming. Great story that we all need to grasp and practice. I don’t want to give it away but it’s a must read for you and your child. I love Polly!

Sofia Colignon

Such an important message!

Loved the character of Polly and how she chooses to be good in the midst of so much bullying and hate. A really important concept that kids should be introduced to from an early age. Beautiful job!

Jaime Rippey

This Chicken is no Chicken!

Polly is just the sweetest little chicken who finds the strength inside to be brave when it really matters. Children will be able to relate to Polly who is small but can do big things. The artwork and the characters are all delightful.

Rahaf Kanaan

The Wonderful Polly

Children are often teased by their peers for different reasons. In the story Polly, the chicken, is a Positive thinker which overcomes the challenge and produces a positive spirit. Through her bravery, the rest of the chickens are safe. They welcome her to the group. Children will enjoy reading the story.

Ollga

What a beautiful story

This is a beautiful story about chicken and his daily business and obstacles. At the end what matters is a big heart that we have )

Ethan R Wilfore

Love!

Adorable illustrations to match a feel good story.

Laura

Sweet Story

Sweet story about it is not what is on the outside of someone that matters, it is what is on the inside!

GB.

Brave little chicken

So cute, l enjoyed it a lot a very good lesson will be learned by the children.
Happy as you are

Dennis A Crumrin

Remember that you are important.

Nice simple story to emphasize that everyone is important no matter how we look. We should not judge others but embrace how each of us can contribute. This story has nice simple graphics and story so any child will understand what is being taught.

J.A. Stellenberg

The bravest of chickens

A wonderful tale of courage and cleverness. The kids thought it very cute, and worried about the kitchen. Well written with lovely illustrations.

Denise

great story

this was a lovely story written for children in a way that helps them to understand that it's okay not to be exactly like everyone else. Children always want to "fit in" and no one wants to be "different" at that age, but this is a story about how being different ended up saving the day. Great book

Jennifer N.

Great Lessons!

A story full of great lessons ranging from inclusion, self-love, bravery, and team work. The illustrations are well done and tell the story to kids that are still learning to read. It is a story for every child's library.

Kelly

Be brave

I enjoyed reading this story about Polly the brave chicken. This book teaches an imporant lesson for children about bravery and courage. It's never too early to learn and I feel that this would be a great book for all children to read to learn this lesson.

Sean Paul 111

Excellent

This story is about bravery and how doing things that might e uncomfortable yield greater results. Cute illustrations as well.

Giuseppe

Nice book for my little son

Cute story for toddlers my son absolute love it !

L.B.

Highly recommended, gives children a glimpse of hope.

It is a wonderful read for kids! Both of my kids enjoyed reading it several times. My daughter said she absolutely loves the ending because Polly was so strong and brave. Also, it is a very good tool for kids to use who are being bullied. The illustrations are fantastic and overall my family enjoyed reading it.

Latoya Patterson

Cute Little Story

This is a cute story about a chicken called Polly who comes to realize that great things can come in small packages.

Navendu

Very cute book

This is a very cute book with lovely illustrations. Short and simple and likeable by all age groups, overall a great book.

Cali Colleen

Everyone is special.

A lovely story with some short rhymes. This story shows a little chicken helping her friends even after they were unkind to her, the other chickens learn that even though Polly is small she is still special.

Gonzo

A masterpiece

My small kids related to the little chicken and said she was cute. It’s an empowering story that teaches children that you can be a hero regardless of physical stature. The water color illustrations are gorgeous and award-worthy.

R.S

Beautiful

Loved and enjoyed reading the book. Great lesson for kids (and adults too ).Beautiful illustrations that go well with the story.

Vicky P


Great story and my little one loved it! Polly is a big heart fighter and that is what we need to pass on our kids

Bash

Awesome book, my 2 years old son loves it.

My son loved this book, he wont go to sleep unless we read Tiny Polly for him, very nice story and beautiful illustrations. Very recommended

Lini Fernandez

Interesting story

Children will love to hear this well illustrated story about farm animals.
There is a good moral to this story also

Sparky

Favorite book

Not only is this a very well written story the illustrations and watercolor are amazing. Great things come in small packages and this story proves that. This is a must read.

Julie

Cute story with an important message!!

This was an adorable story with beautiful illustrations. It teaches an important message that is easy for the little ones to understand. I loved it!!

Di.

Brave little chicken

What a cute story to encourage children that talent , bravery and purpose comes in all sizes. A great story to add to your child's book collection

Christina

Breathtaking illustrations

The story is a cute and relatable. It teaches children to be nice to others because you never know when you will need others to help you.
The illustrations are amazing and really tell the story!

nourspot

Super cute & lovelY book!

Beautiful storY & beautiful illustrations! A book that teaches about the importance of kindness & braverY, loved adding it to our collection!

Mark S. Fistos

Excellent

A much needed topic to discuss with children. The author handled it beautifully. I strongly recommend for every child.

Remy

A must read for your little ones

Amazing book!

Katja

It's not your size that matters, it's your heart

The illustrations are lovely in this short little children's book. The story is about a tiny chicken Polly who gets ostracized because of her size, but when there is a fox attack Polly is able to save everyone because she is small enough to escape and get help. The plot is simple and familiar but it is a nice teaching moment for children, and the adults will appreciate the beautiful watercolors.

Book & Beyond

Great story!

Polly's friends didn't want her around them because she was tiny. when there is a fox attack Polly is able to save everyone because she is small enough to escape and get help. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses and we should be appreciative and accepting of each other no matter our differences. It says that you should always treat others the way you want to be treated. Great story and nice illustrations.

Dramagirl

Great story!

This story is about wanting to be accepted. It is a great story about a chicken being brave even though the others didn’t like him. What I like about this story is it shows that you should always treat others the way you want to be treated. Instead of not caring about the other chickens when the fox got into the farm house, Polly was brave enough to sneak out through the fence and get help. What a great story!

Annette Phillip

Being different is ok

I enjoyed this story. It showed that being small or different doesn't make you less special. Polly's friends didn't want her around them because she was different. Polly didn't care how she felt about them she still went and get help. Polly should that it's ok to be different and the other chickens realized it too. Great book for young readers.

Christie Murrell

Polly was a superstar!

Sweet little story that teaches us to be kind to all. Understanding that friends come in all shapes, sizes, and color....I love Polly!!!
Highly recommend

Olaolu

I love it!

This story was well written with a great message and excellent illustrations! It perfectly matches humor and brevity with a powerful message. Great read overall!

Bubulina

A book of bravery no matter the size.

A sweet story to remind children even adults that we have our place in the world and we can be heroes in our own way. It’s what is on the inside that counts.

C. Awaraka

Big or small we can all do good.

Great lesson for kids big or small. No matter your size you can be kind and brave. Also try to treat others better than they treat you.

LAB

Such a cute story

Teaches children that we all matter, no matter our appearance. Well written and wonderfully illustrated. My grandchildren loved it.

TJohnson

We are all worthy

Brave little chicken shows, no matter who you are, and how you look like, we are all worthy. Great lesson for little kids. Cute illustrations.

Daiva

My 6 year old enjoyed

My 6 year old loved reading the story to his younger sister and would recommend it to others. Good book

koul

Good message for all.

Lovely read for shy little ones trying to fit in and a lesson for others everyone has a speci place even if they're different.

Marichus

A Beautiful Book

Tiny Polly is a small chicken that feels lonely because she is so small the rest of the chickens don’t want to play with her. But one day, when danger arises, she is the only one able to help.
It doesn’t matter how small you are because the important thing is the size of your heart.
It is illustrated with beautiful watercolours.

Natalie Haddad

What a lovely children’s book! I was truly impressed! This book teaches you that we are all special and don’t need to change the way we are! After all, how would Polly squeeze through the fence to save all if she weren’t so small?

Dana Qandah

Very nice story, easy to read , great for children, my son enjoyed reading it, the moral of the story clearly appears in the final page, the ♥️ what matters ...

Luma

Tiny Polly is a beautiful insightful story book. I loved it and I am sure children will adore it. I loved the words, the drawings, the colors, the plot, the conflict, the climax, the dialogue, and the resolution. I think the book is timely because of bullying, racism, Islamophobia that is attacking our 21st century world. Children need to learn to accept “the other” because we all have to unite to save humanity, save planet earth, especially from Covid 19, the world economic crisis and global warming. We need more books like these to train our future leaders to be brave and contribute to a better unified empathic world.

Kristy Volchko

Fantastic!

This delightful, fast-paced, rhyming tale had us cracking up! Brave Polly tried everything she could to get bigger so that she could hang with the others (even though they made fun of her) but thankfully, nothing works. One day, something happens that changes everything! (No spoilers here) but I absolutely love the message...we’re all unique & special in our own way & kids especially need frequent reminders of this. Polly rocks!! Five stars.

Lina Fokou

A great story with deep meaning! A very nice way to close a hard day with your little ones. Children love it, and I understand why! There should be more children's books like this that highlight the importance of being yourself and strong in times where bullying and criticism are everywhere around us. Also, I found the illustrations very cute! I am looking forward to the next one by the author!

Gayle Allsop

A wonderful tale!

The illustrations in this book are adorable! They really compliment the beautiful story. Polly is small and the other chickens make fun of her. My son drew comparisons with his school friends. When the book finished he then discussed how to apply the lesson in the book to helping his friend who is small too. A wonderful book to share with my son.

Jennifer Campbell

Lovely!

The illustrations are bright and catches the eye, perfect for a child. The story really shines a light on how our differences are really strengths that make us stronger together as a whole. Well done!

Ellie L

Beautifully written and illustrated book! It is encouraging good manners and helping kids think about how their words and actions affect others. Well done!

Chara Chryssini

Great book!!! A must read !!!!

May Mikati

A great story, with a great moral for young kids.

The story is both fun and educational. The odd one out amongst the farm animals uses her small size to help the other animals escape danger, after having been rejected!

Diversity pays off!

Brittany Mbaye

Go Polly Go

Such a sweet little story about brave Polly! I absolutely love the storyline and the illustrations are just perfect! Highly recommended!

Carissa Anderson

Great Read!

Tiny Polly is a great book for an early reader! Some of the values empowered in this book are self esteem, resilience, and courage. I love the setting, as my parents were raised in a farm! This book is perfect for teaching about one’s purpose despite their physical size.

Nakeisha Maharaj

Oh Polly!!
At first I was sad that Polly was pushed away and felt lonely. Even though she may have been smaller than the other chickens, she demonstrated such bravery. We are all unique in our size, shape, race or height but it does not mean that we have to be treated differently. Good read.

Mohamad Sam

great read for little children with nice illustrations and an important life lesson

Aline

A great bedtime story; it instills bravery and strength in our kids' hearts. Highly recommended.

Afnan

This book is fantastic for kids, it makes them feel more confident, and that difference is what makes people special. Also, the illustrations are nice too.
I highly recommend it.

Belle Brown

Having a big heart is the best

My preschooler truly loved this story. What's not to love? The story is beautifully told, the watercolor illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and really helped to tell the story, and a beautiful message about being different and appreciating one's self. Highly recommend! ❤

Rahila S.V.

A beautiful story which portrays that size doesn’t matter, it’s the heart which does! Great illustrations accompany the simple story which is sure to make kids relate to the concept of bullying that Polly goes through. Definitely recommend it.

Favour Usifo

Polly’s little size became her superpower

I enjoyed this story about a little chicken, Polly, who was made fun of about being too little. Polly eventually saved the day because she was what she was. A little chicken. A great read!

Cindy

Perfect Story about Belonging

I loved the story of this little chicken who felt like a misfit. When she and the other chickens finally saw her unique talent she felt like she belonged. This is a great story to teach kids who feel left out how everyone has a strength.

Pamela

Cute story

A cute little book for kids. A very good bed time story. I liked it and took no time to read

JB.

Whether it's its simple yet powerful words or the light yet insightful illustrations, this book stands out brilliantly. The rhyming makes reading it smoother and easier for kids themselves, which would help them recall certain phrases, providing a strong foundation for the lessons learned to stick. The book has a hint of Dr. Seuss in it, which completely elevates it into not only an enjoyable book to read but also presents itself as a daily reminder on the importance and the sufficiency of being unique and not being pressured into changing.

This is not only a wonderful book for the shelves, but also an impressive reference...

Vedika

Sweet story about a tiny but brave chicken

The story beautifully teaches that we are all special and should be proud of it. Whether big or small, it is our heart and our intentions that matter. I read this book to my daughter who is 4. Our chicken Polly was sad as other chickens never used to play with since he was tiny. However, when it was Polly's turn to save them, he did not think twice and came forward for help. Illustrations are nice.

Daniela Burley

Nice story

We enjoyed reading this story about a chicken that was way smaller than the rest in a farm. The rest of the chickens pushed a away but one day when a farmer left the farm a fox entered the coop where chicken stayed. The illustrations are beautiful and the moral of the story comes across well.

Lamia Ladiki

A beautifully written book for the little ones. I offered it to my nieces and they loved it. Easily read, straight to the point. 6yr old kids can read it alone. The youngest can enjoy the colourful and catchy drawings. You can feel the movement in each page. Well done!

Karen Pessoa

Introduction to bullying, self-love and acceptance

This is wonderfully written book that introduces the topic of bullying, exceptance and self-love. Beautifully Illustrated. A marvelous effort by this author.

Anna Junker

The heart that matters after all

A sweet story to remind children even adults that we have our place in the world and we can be heroes in our own way. It’s what is on the inside that counts.

MeKael Black

Love this book

My daughter loved this book. She’s a first grader and she read it with ease. I love the message and the rhyming. Great story that we all need to grasp and practice. I don’t want to give it away but it’s a must read for you and your child. I love Polly!

Julie Cassetta

Cute story with an important message!!

This was an adorable story with beautiful illustrations. It teaches an important message that is easy for the little ones to understand. I loved it!!

Rachel Armington

As the chicken mom of a few undersized hens, I really enjoyed this book. The story gave an important message and the watercolor illustrations were fabulous!

Maria Varveri

The sweetest story, with a great message about bullying... I specially loved the tiny white chicken!! Amazing illustrations, with my favorite light green color!! Highly recommended for children!!

Κωνσταντίνα Μ.

The storyline gives a valuable message to young children. The reader can enjoy the colourful, beautiful drawings as well as the delightful story!

Robyn

An amazing book with lovely illustrations for young children. The message is fantastic. A must read!

Chikako Patterson

I enjoyed reading this story about a little chicken with a big heart! The book is full of beautiful and humorous illustrations that will capture children's hearts.

Kelly Cockerton

Lovely children's story

A lovely story teaching children that being different is good and whether big or small we all have a place. Great illustrations to bring the story to life.

Olga Kouchnirenko

What a beautiful story

This is a beautiful story about chicken and his daily business and obstacles. At the end what matters is a big heart that we have )

Patricia Chaar

Tiny Polly is such a heart felt story, the meaning behind it is very important to teach our kids about. The drawings were very meaningful and expressive through out the story. Easy to understand, very colorful and attractive for young kids. Highly recommended.