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Frango & Chicken

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We get plenty of books about soccer or disabled kids defying expectations. We don't get much about martial arts. I appreciated that Stowell doesn't call out Frango's disability in the text but deoen't shy away from showing it. We see Frango achieving the same ends as others, just in a different way or with help.
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I received this as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This book was really inspiring since it was based on a real person. It sends the message of perseverance and believing in yourself. I think this is a great one to read to your kids.
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Set in Brazil and with a mix of English and Portuguese, Frango teachers a valuable lesson: Difficult does not mean impossible.

The story starts with Frango asking his chicken to get him a pencil, paper, an envelope and a stamp. We see Frango writing a letter, and at first I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. I chalked Frango's lack of hands up to the artist's style. However, as the story continues Frango's lack of hands becomes increasingly noticeable. Despite this difficulty, Frango still rides his bike, works in a grocery store, and does jiu-jitsu. He shows that difficult does not mean impossible.

Frango & Chicken is an inspiring read with an important lesson based on a true story. While the real Frango does not have a chicken, he says he does have friends who act like the chicken. Fifteen "After Reading" questions round out the book. 

Frango & Chicken is an inspirational addition to any classroom or personal library.
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This was a really fun book with a cute story and some brilliant images.
This is definitely a book that I would read with my daughter when she is older
Five stars from me for this one!
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This story mixes English and Spanish in a wonderful way.  They choose  few key words to repeat frequently and use the illustrations to help fill in the rest.  The story was simple but nice.  I actually prefer the one page story at the end about who inspired the story.
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Frango & Chicken is an awesome book to read with children about differences and abilities! Based on a true story, Frango had the positive mindset that he was not limited by anything, nothing is impossible and you can do anything you put your heart and mind into! A truly inspiring story, with a hilarious little chicken! I love the questions included after the story which will open up the discussion with children about Frango and the message that he sends to us all!
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The first time I read this book I thought it was just about a boy/young man encouraging his chicken to try things and not give up. When I read the Author's Inspiration at the back I re-read the book and realized what it was all about. It is based on a true story about a boy from Brazil who had both arms amputated very early in his life. He never gave up and always tried new things. He is very involved in Ju-Jitsu and wants to be a world champion someday. Chicken is symbolic of friends who help and encourage one another. He is also rather funny and adds the humour to the story.

This book does a great job teaching about and highlighting several things such as physical disabilities, perseverance, teamwork, friendship etc. This is a good book to read with children struggling with something to show them how important it is to keep trying and not give up easily. The illustrations are wonderful. They are bright, simple and some are funny. With the paralympics just completing, this would have been a wonderful book to share with children at this time. There are also some questions at the back of the book that can be used for discussion. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
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