#4 in the *giveaway: please take a guess at which animal is present in all four classics. Add your guess to the comment section for a chance to win a copy of my favorite book, featured next week.
Author/Illustrator: Paul Galdone
Publisher: Clarion, 1968
Age: 3 and up
Themes: farm animals, panic, cumulative stories
Opening: One day when Henny Penny was scratching among the leaves, an acorn fell out of a tree and struck her on the head.
Summary: (from my library catalog) A cumulative tale about Henny Penny and her barnyard friends who were literally outfoxed on their journey to tell the king the sky was falling.
Why I like this book: one of my favorite classic tales, and this is the version I remember from the library at my elementary school. The colors, compositions and expressions are striking, and the story has aways made me laugh (maybe because I am known to go into an excited panic easily too!).
Resources/Activities: Ask readers why the they think a cast of birds was chosen over any other animal; break off in groups and perform this as a skit – compare and contrast how the interpretations may differ.
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
*giveaway contest rules: find an animal that is present in all four of the classics in the series of picture books, starting with Rosie’s Walk, The Hare and the Tortoise, Over in the Meadow and Henny Penny. Mention your guess in the comment section after the fourth book is featured today, April 8th.