Brave Chicken Little

by Robert Byrd

This retelling of Chicken Little’s run-in with a wayward acorn starts out in... read more

This retelling of Chicken Little’s run-in with a wayward acorn starts out in a familiar manner: Chicken Little assumes the acorn signifies a falling sky, and runs off to tell the king. He soon gathers a crew of equally alarmist friends who join him when they hear his tale of doom. The group has grown to ten by the time they encounter Foxy Loxy. The scoundrel easily convinces them to follow him on a path that leads straight to his home, where Mrs. Foxy Loxy and seven toothy kits are waiting for lunch, sharp utensils at the ready. Conniving Foxy Loxy locks Chicken Little and his followers into the cellar while he waits for the stew water to come to a boil. The tale departs from its traditional course and Chicken Little shows his mettle, devising a plan of escape. Meticulously detailed images show the cast dressed in brilliantly colored eighteenth-century finery, traveling on their ill-advised mission through a lush bucolic countryside. (Ages 4–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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