A likable little chick in a multispecies classroom, Lily has her strong points. She is “a careful colorer, a patient puzzler, and the quietest hide-and-seeker,” but she is also, well, . . . chicken. She is reluctant to raise her hand in class and resistant to trying new foods in the lunchroom. When the teacher announces a Grand-Slam Poetry Jam, her classmates are wildly enthusiastic, but not Lily. Still, after brooding about it, she hatches a plan. With encouragement from her friends, Lily writes a poem and reads it aloud on stage—one small step for a shy, careful chick. The straightforward text includes a number of chicken-themed puns to amuse kids, while offering an unstated, encouraging message about the possibility of change. Crittenden’s gentle pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor washes lend the story an accessible, cartoon-like look. Every classroom has it shy kids, but this picture book thrusts one into the spotlight and lets her shine.