Chip by Kylie Howarth
fat chips, skinny chips,
soggy chips, sandy chips,
crunchy little bits of chips
and even spicy chilli-dipped chips.
Chip, like most other seagulls, would do anything for hot chips. When he is banned from his favourite food, he is desperate to get it back on the menu. So Chip hatches a brilliant plan to solve his problem - but has he gone too far this time?
This is a fun story with a likeable character who is a tad obsessed with chips, even though they give him a tummy ache. Anyone who has been to the beach with some chips will appreciate the illustrations of the thieving seagull. The book reminds us of the sights and sounds of a day at the beach and we are drawn into the story to see just how Chip is going to work this problem out. There is a gentle message at the end of the story about our environment and the animals that we share it with. A great book to share with any young child.
You could make your own Chip as shown in the picture above. You will need a paper plate, some yellow and red paper, some newspaper, pipe cleaners and feathers (you could make the legs and feathers out of paper too if you wanted). Using the picture above as a guide try making your own Chip. Mum, Dad, a brother or sister might like to help you. Or you could click on the picture on the right of Chip to print and colour in.
Chip appears to be a Silver Gull which is a protected bird in Australia and this means you cannot harm them in any way. You may think you are helping them by throwing them a chip or two but chips are just as bad for seagulls as they are for humans if eaten every day. They need the nutrients of a variety of sea-life food like fish and crustaceans to keep them healthy. In the book the chips gave Chip a tummy ache as his stomach is not designed to process that type of food. What was Chip eating at the end of the book?
If you want to learn more about seagulls click on this link: http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Chroicocephalus-novaehollandiae