Zelda’s Big Adventure, written by Marie Alafaci and illustrated by Shane McG, is a charming story of a little chook with big dreams.
Zelda has big plans – she wants to be the first chook in space. She leaves nothing to chance and packs food, fuel and a cosy nesting box. But will she make it without the help of her friends?
One of the things I love about this book is that it introduces the concept to children that you can have big dreams and achieve them no matter what other people say.
Zelda is so determined in her quest that she is not deterred by lack of assistance or encouragement from others. Zelda’s Big Adventure teaches young readers about self-reliance and optimism.
I also really like the fact that Zelda has a plan. She doesn’t just expect things to fall in her lap. She works towards them.
Zelda shows great resilience and determination, and these are what get her there in the end.
She is funny, generous and forgiving and a thoroughly likeable character, and these characteristics are captured so well in Shane McG’s beautiful illustrations.
Zelda’s Big Adventure is an entertaining read that could also inspire discussion with young readers about following your dreams, and not being discouraged. There’s also plenty to engage them with the Shane’s humorous, detailed pictures.
Zelda’s Big Adventure is published by Allen & Unwin for readers aged 2-5.
It’s a book for chook lovers and for anyone who has ever had a dream.