From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3–A charmingly fleshed-out version of the traditional story. One morning, an acorn falls on Henny Penny's head. As she encounters various animals, she explains, I was shaking my dustcloth this way and that, round and round, and all of a sudden the sky fell down! Fortunately, when she and her friends are trapped in Foxy Loxy's house, she realizes the severity of their situation. Seeing feathers on the floor, a pile of old bones, and a BIG pot of water on the roaring fire, she cleverly fools the gullible fox and springs them from their otherwise dire ending. Brightly colored and skillfully drawn illustrations balance perfectly with the delightful text and draw readers into their depths. Whimsical details include a napkin holder and a fork decorated with a fox head, a cookbook that has an image of a dressed fowl on the cover, and a picture of an imagined stew pot on a lit fire that is filled with all the birds surrounded by carrots and onions. Even if your library has Steven Kellogg's Chicken Little
(HarperCollins, 1987), you'll want this sprightly retelling of a favorite tale. It will make a great read-aloud.–Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 2. As Henny Penny shakes her dust cloth "this way and that, round and round," an acorn falls on her head. Convinced that the "sky is falling," she goes off to tell the king, enlisting the usual suspects: Ducky Lucky, Cocky Locky, Goosey Loosey, and Turkey Lurkey. But Foxy Loxy leads them to his den, where an alert Henny Penny realizes through observation (bones and feathers scattered about a single plate) that he plans to eat them for lunch. She lulls Foxy Loxy into a nap, and she and all her feathered friends make their escape. A prologue notes that this may not be the usual version but is nonetheless the true one ("Henny Penny told me"). Appealing, only slightly anthropomorphized animals populate the scenes, which are richly burnished with late-summer reds, golds, russets, and greens. Whether little ones know this story's lead worrywart as Henny Penny or Chicken Little, they'll respond to the urgent refrain and to the message about recognizing what is right in front of your nose. GraceAnne DeCandidoCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved