Chicken Little, book review


Title: Chicken Little
Adapted by: Oakley Graham
Illustrated by: Kimberley Barnes
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Chicken Little thinks the sky
is falling down and sets off on
a mission to tell the king.

A classic story about learning
to think for yourself.

Author, Oakley Graham, has retold the classic children’s cumulative tale of Chicken Little, with the cast of adorable characters – Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, Ducky Lucky, Drakey Lakey, Gooey Loosey, Gander Lander, Turkey Lurkey and the villain … Foxy Loxy.

Chicken Little is walking in the woods when an acorn falls on his head. Chicken Little immediately thinks the sky is falling and decides he must go and tell the king. On his journey to the king, Chicken Little meets as assortment of animals on their way to the woods. He warns them of the impending doom. They immediately believe the sky is falling and join Chicken Little on his quest.

Enter Foxy Loxy. A very clever and hungry fox with delicious plans, until Chicken Little and his friends are saved by the king’s barking dogs.

Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, Ducky Lucky, Drakey Lakey, Gooey Loosey, Gander Lander, and Turkey Lurkey run for their lives and stop under the oak tree in the woods. And Plop! Plop! Plop! They look up to see acorns dropping from the tree, and realise acorns are falling, not the sky!

Lesson learnt: Don’t believe everything you are told.

In our current world of abundant media and sensationalism, Photoshop, and sometimes sadly, intentional misinformation, Chicken Little has become a vital story. On a daily basis children are exposed to all sorts of information via the web, television, radio and word of mouth, and they need to be able to discern correct information from incorrect, then make an informed decision.

This classic fun tale is perfect for discussions about thinking and questioning what you hear. Some suitable questions might be:
Is it possible?
Who told you?
What do you know?
Is it true?
What do you think?

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Illustrator, Kimberley Barnes, has created bright and colourful pictures that are sure to lure and delight the readers and listeners of this story. But there is a bonus – her illustrations reveal another layer to the story that may not have been discovered in the text. To discerning eyes, children may notice that some of the animals look similar, and when they delve deeper, they will discover that there is a male and female of each animal!

I highly recommend this book as a shared reader for families and educational institutions. It highlights the need to question the truth of what you hear. This is particularly pertinent in our current media climate of stories and images that bombard our lives on a daily basis.

Chicken Little, by Oakley Graham, will be adored by children with the memorable rhyming names, and the cumulative, repetitive story where they can join in the telling and retelling of the story. It will become a favourite, I’m sure.

Purchase a copy: bigskypublishingChicken-Little

Title: Chicken Little
by: Oakley Graham
Illustrated by: Kimberley Barnes
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925520026
Category: Children’s book fiction
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, tea drinker, Cadbury chocolate annihilator)

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