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I like these Walker books for early readers. The stories are easy to understand, about topics that are relevant to a five- or six-year-old and pleasantly illustrated. Not extremely exciting, but that’s OK. I especially liked this one because it’s set in South Africa, where I grew up. Our heroine Flora is finally big enough to look after her little sister on the coach trip to her grandparents, but her Ouma’s rooster Nelson is too scary for her. Despite an alarming egg-dropping incident, the girls have lots of fun all summer and with Ouma’s help, one day Flora realises he’s just a ‘big chicken’. It’s a gentle tale that transported my daughter into happy memories of seaside visits to her own grandparents and egg-collecting on holiday. The words are just a bit too numerous and the sentences a little too complex for my daughter to tackle on her own just yet.

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