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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Pete Cluckington and the Others is a children's book written by Melody Monroe and illustrated by Ginger Triplett. Old Farmer Smith sold the Southbrook chicken farm and all the chickens were dispersed to other settlements. The Cluckingtons moved to Northbrook farm where they lived with other animals. The Cluckington parents believed that chickens were the best behaved of all animals. Other animals were either dumb or crass and would influence their child, Pete, badly. Unfortunately, Pete had to attend elementary classes in a mixed school where his teacher was a stallion and his principal was a cow. Every day at school, Pete was lonely and miserable because his parents warned him against fraternizing, even though he knew that they were very wrong. Will Pete ever stand up to his parents? Will his parents see the light?
Pete Cluckington and the Others by Melody Monroe is an interesting and educative children's book with many lessons. The story also calls out to parents because biases and discrimination occur either deliberately or unintentionally in our everyday lives. This book talks about the preconceived notions we tend to have about others, even before getting to know them. It looks at how we couldn't be more wrong by stereotyping people. Melody's storyline is unique, approaching this great lesson from the viewpoint of animals. The illustrator, Ginger Triplett, did an awesome job by using attractive colors that appeal to the eye. I loved that the story was simple, easy to follow, and exceptionally edited. Every parent and child should read this book. Lastly, hate isn't innate but acquired, and we can do without it.