This story stuck to C. when he was one and he kept asking for the “Choco book” for a few months. Up till today, he knows that Choco is the “crying yellow bird”. He likes to poke Choco’s chubby cheeks for one, but also, I think this author has done a great job with character and plot development with such a simple story.
Lonely Choco goes in search for his mother and asks a variety of animals like Mrs. Penguin and Mrs. Walrus whether they are his mother. Each time, he is told that he is not their child because he looks different from them. Finally, while he is crying about not finding a mummy, he meets Mrs. Bear, who is worlds apart from him, but offers to be his mother because she has love to give.
C. especially loves the ending when Choco gets to play with toy choo-choos with his new siblings Hippy, Ally and Piggy. That is the ultimate happily-ever-after for little boys.
It’s really a lovely tale (I consider it a classic really) and one that every child would love!