Monday, May 14, 2018

Looking For A Book That Makes You Think and Talk? Look No Further!

- Can A Rooster Make The Difference? -


There once was a village that was hustling and bustling with every kind of noise: dogs, engines, fountains making bubbly sounds, and lots of singing. All sorts of noise. So much, in fact, that the people couldn’t hear, sleep, or even think! So what do you do? Fire the mayor! It must be his fault. The village then hired Don Pepe to be mayor since he promised peace and quiet. Little by little the village changed. The first rule: there was no LOUD singing in public. Then no LOUD singing at home. And so it went until there was no noise at all allowed. Even the teakettle was too afraid to whistle.

After seven long years, a rooster wanders into the village. And we all know what roosters do! But will the brave rooster live to tell the tale if he makes noise?

What Concerned Me: None / (Suggestion though) I would suggest that this book is best suited for older children, maybe 6 - 9.

What I Liked Most:  Room for lots and lots of discussions after reading this little book. I recommend it for that very reason. Below are discussion thoughts/questions that immediately came to mind after reading this story:
  1. We have a rooster that is not afraid to stand for what he believes even if it means breaking the law.
  2. When is it okay to break the law or is it always better to vote the mayor out and change the law?
  3. Wasn't the new mayor enforcing the law the people wanted?
  4. Village people thought they wanted one thing, then decided it might not be what they really wanted, but no one would stand up to the mayor or suggest a change to current policy.
  5. It’s hard to complain about what you’re not willing to attempt to change.
  6. When the mayor threatens to make soup of the rooster, the crowd finally joins in with the rooster. "But a song is louder than one noisy little rooster and stronger than one bully of a mayor," said the gallito." As the whole town joins together with noise/song the mayor flees. But was he a bully? Did the town handle the matter correctly?
  7. Last (and there are many more things that can be discussed), it seems that the chaos and various noises represent very different ideas and thoughts and types of people- - the noise of life, but being without the noise seemed a bad alternative.
I've never added questions for a picture book review, but this post screamed for me to add them. (I had to for my mental health since I'm sure I interrupted the content different from many.)

The illustrations were bright and perfect for this type of book. However, the mayor is depicted as an evil villain, which I thought was fun, but after finishing the book I had to wonder why?

Author: Carmen Agra Deedy
Photography: Eugene Yelchin
Publisher:  Scholastic Press (January 31, 2017)

3 STARS - Pretty Good
  • Approx. Words: 813
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Pages: 48

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