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Reviewed by Janelle Alex, Ph.D. for Readers' Favorite
Super Rooster and Wonder Cat is a cute little story with a big concept that can help young children as it is read to them or as they use this book as a starter reader. The colorful illustrations of Hugh Keiser help bring to life the concept of discovering your own inner strengths or super powers presented by author Alma Hammond. There is a rhythmical pattern to the story that is typical of young children's books. This writing style further ingrains the idea of having inner strength and it being different from the inner strength or "super powers" of others. Super Rooster and Wonder Cat also supports the important lesson of practicing what you do - even what you're already quite good at it.
Alma Hammond doesn't leave parents, teachers or children hanging at the end with just a final "cock-a-doodle-doo". Instead, the author shares three powerful "Ask Yourself" questions, a few facts on Bora Bora - where the story is based - and some fun facts about the various different animals in the book. Cats and roosters are more commonly known, but by bringing in marine life, via the crab, the stingray, and the shark, Super Rooster and Wonder Cat offers opportunities for children to realize that these very unique animals are not necessarily something to fear. Instead, Hammond's Super Rooster and Wonder Cat shows young readers the importance of talking to those that are different from you and learning what makes them special and unique and honoring them. Alma Hammond's Super Rooster and Wonder Cat deserves space on any children's library shelf.