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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Frango and Chicken are two unusual pals whose friendship is invaluable to each of them. They help and encourage each other through the activities of the day, which sometimes look too daunting and sometimes even impossible. The words of Frango champion Chicken forward to do things that Chicken thought were unachievable, while Chicken proves to be a helpful pal to Frango. They accompany each other everywhere, in the house, in town, and at the gym where both of them warm up for jiu-jitsu. Truly, “Difficult does not mean impossible. Difícil não significa impossível.” What one thinks is unattainable becomes quite possible with the beautiful encouragement of a friend’s words in Frango & Chicken by Elena Stowell.
Set in Rio de Janeiro, the story of Frango and Chicken is astute and contains invaluable lessons for young children. The story examines the importance of friendship and the key roles that should be played by those who share a common bond. Frango continuously encourages Chicken while Chicken helps Frango in his activities. The illustrations in the book reflect the activities of the two friends beautifully as the images are both unique and colorful. Elena Stowell also selects an amusing friend for Frango. Chicken is a comical character who enriches the story and makes it enthralling right from the start. Frango & Chicken is inspired by Luciano “Frango” Mariano, a jiu-jitsu martial art student. With both of his arms having been amputated at three years of age, Frango is an inspiration to young people who have dreams in life yet obstacles stand against them. He holds his dream to be a world champion dearly and works daily to achieve it, despite the challenges that surround him. Definitely a great read!