PPBF: Henny Penny (*giveaway series)

#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.

HennyPennycoverAuthor/Illustrator: Paul Galdone
Publisher: Clarion, 1968
Age: 3 and up
Themes: farm animals, panic, cumulative stories
OpeningOne 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.

HennyPennytitlepage copy.jpgWhy 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!).

HennyPenny1 copy.jpgResources/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.

HennyPenny4.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

HennyPennyextra copy*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.


28 thoughts on “PPBF: Henny Penny (*giveaway series)

  1. To have a little fun with this, I’ll create my answer using the titles of the 4 books and revealing my guess at the end in capital letters.

    “The Tortoise and the Hare should run. Run! The sky is falling. It’s falling Over in the Meadow. It’s falling everywhere. Henny Penny said so, so it must be true,” said the sly


    (LOL. Just would have felt strange to just write FOX in the comment box. Hope you at least get a laugh from my comment.)

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  2. Aw, my guess was grasshopper but I guess technically that would be insect and not animal. I saw lots of bugs in all those books!
    We have a handsome fox in our neighborhood that must be feeding a hungry den because he is out and about often during the day. He has the most incredibly long, skinny black legs! I love watching him.


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