Unlike one of my favorite childrens’ book recommenders over at What Is ML Reading?, I have never liked Chicken Little.
Chicken Little is, and I say this with years of chicken husbandry experience, an idiot – even for a chicken. Don’t even get me started on the rest of his feathered friends, the terrible repetition in the story and the way he (at least in modern versions) gets randomly saved from his stupidity by the king.
But, ML’s choices haven’t steered us wrong yet and before long my skeptical self had procured the book. I gathered the kids, braced myself and dove in.
Would I recommend it? Surprisingly, I would! I was very worried when the story opened the same way it always does but it got better, much better. If you are a fellow Chicken Little hater and need more convincing, give it a try for the illustrations, they are amazing!
Well, I don’t have any children to read to, so (sadly) my contempt for Chicken Little will have to endure a bit longer.
Contempt that has been well earned though. Really how is it that story has endured for (quick- err – really long and engaging, cause that how those things go, google search…) forever!?! It seems the tale has been around long enough to have to have been translated off stone tablets, possibly originating in Buddhist scripture. Also the tale probably had longevity because the silly bird (or hare) used to get eaten far more often. The things you learn getting lost in the internet for ten min.!
I’m with you with regard to Chicken Little, Jessie.
My own feathered fave is the Little Red Hen – a character I often mention when serving up dinner.
Yes, I agree, the Little Red Hen seems to be a much more realistic and applicable character than that silly little chick!