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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
Cock-a-doodle-doo! That is the sound Big Roo makes every morning on the farm. His son Little Roo admires his dad and wants to crow too. D. B. Fiumano's story Little Roo Finds His Crow is a coming-of-age tale for this young rooster. Big Roo reassures Little Roo that when the time is right, he will find his voice, but Little Roo wants to crow now. A few of the farmyard animals offer him advice on how to make his crow change from a squeak to a cock-a-doodle-doo. Will getting his tail feathers wet or rolling in the mud help Little Roo crow? Will Little Roo find his voice?
Young roosters learning to crow is a popular topic in children's picture books. D. B. Fiumano has added a couple of fun twists. These roosters are Silkie roosters, so kids will get a kick out of seeing a white rooster with a puffy hairdo instead of the more often depicted Bantam rooster. Typically, the young rooster is on his own to figure out how to crow, but Big Roo is with Little Roo every step of the way. Fiumano has created a supportive parent who allows his son to find his way. That is a powerful lesson for young kids to absorb. The illustrations are bright and bold and complement the story nicely. Fiumano's rhymes flow well and will be fun to read out loud. Little Roo Finds His Crow will encourage kids to explore their unique talents.