Author: Linda K. Hendricks, M.D.
Illustrator: Christine Greer, R.N.
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 978-1-4497-7540-7

“I love this baby chick so much. And I always want this special little chick to know how much I love him. This is why I have placed him in your nest. He will be loved and he will be safe,” Mr. and Mrs. Rainbow are told in Linda K. Hendricks’s book, The Rainbow Egg.

At twenty-four pages, this e-book targets young readers and children who like stories about chickens, eggs, and finding someone to love. With no profanity or scary scenes, the story of giving up an offspring, adopting, and being loved is emphasized. Illustrator Christine Greer’s colorful drawings are detailed and fanciful on the majority of the pages.

In this tome, a chicken called Hope lives happily in the woods. One day she lays a beautiful egg and realizes she has no nest for it. She tries to carry it on her back, her tail, her wings, and her head, not knowing where to put it, making her very tired.

When she sees a chicken house down the road, she notices lots of chickens and nests with eggs. Only one nest is empty, belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Rainbow who cannot lay any eggs, no matter how hard they try. They notice how tired Hope is carrying her egg around.

The chicken hears a redbird’s lovely song and stops to put her egg down in the empty nest. When the singing stops, the egg hatches and out comes a beautiful boy chick which everyone loves immediately.

Hope says the woods would be a difficult place to take the baby as there are no nests; she tells the Rainbows they can have her new chick. Mr. and Mrs. Rainbow are happy that they now have someone to take care of and love. Everyone feels blessed while redbird is not forgotten.

Although there are flaws regarding chicken reproduction, the concept of adoption may be misconstrued because the reader may feel the parent simply found a better home. However, the simple notion of a chicken finding a nest shows redemption and love, making sure the egg is safe and protected. It may come down to the “chicken or the egg” type of read that some may enjoy and others may not.

Thanks to Booksneeze for furnishing this book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

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