Chickens Can’t See in the Dark by Kristyna Litten

When her teacher, Mr Benedict (eggs, anyone?), informs the class that chickens can’t see in the dark, little Pippa sets out to prove otherwise.

There’s much to like about this book — not least the witty details in the adorable illustrations! — but one thing stands out above all: Pippa is one cool chick(en). 1. Instead of whining or wallowing in disappointment, she leaps into action. 2. She’s goal-orientated and perseveres in the face of naysayers. 3. Rather than listen to hearsay, she conducts her own research and finds the answer in — what else? — a good ol’ book! 4. She is generous to her friends, even when they disparage her endeavours. And *spoiler!* 5. She doesn’t gloat when she succeeds against all odds.

Incidentally, it’s true that chickens have terrible night vision, but I love how the author managed to take an innocuous factual tidbit and turn it into a fun and plausible story that indirectly champions the value of eating veggies!

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