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Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite
Why Didn't the Chicken Cross the Road? by Paul Schwartz is a fun and educational picture book for young children. The story follows a chicken who desperately wants to cross the road to play and hang out with his friends, but his parents warn against it because of how dangerous it is. Cars fly by at an alarming speed and make the chicken's parents even more concerned for his safety. In the end, the chicken is smart and comes up with a solution that will allow him to cross the road safely. What does the chicken come up with? And will he finally be able to play with his friends? Find out in Why Didn't the Chicken Cross the Road?
Paul Schwartz's Why Didn't the Chicken Cross the Road? was a pleasure to read. I love books that have an educational message hidden within them and I especially enjoyed this particular message because of how important it is in the world we live in today. We need to take better care of the environment to allow us to have a better future whilst protecting wildlife. This book can also be interpreted in many ways. Some may see that it is about protecting the environment as I did, whilst others may feel it's about overcoming fear. Either way, the reader will learn something from it and in my opinion, that's all that matters. Children will love the story and enjoy the adorable illustrations. I hope Paul Schwartz continues to create more books like Why Didn't the Chicken Cross the Road? as he has the creative ability to both entertain and educate young readers. Good luck in the future!