While reading Penny’s editorial in the last newsletter about building her chook run, I thought it would be good to focus on some books about chickens. There are lots to choose from, so of course I am only going to include a selection.
Peggy by Anna Walker (2012)
I love this story and have done since my first reading. Peggy is blown away from home by a big gust of wind and finds herself on an adventure in the big city but also wants to find her way home.
Shutting the chooks in by Libby Gleeson and Ann James (2003)
The story of the trip, through the farmyard as it gradually becomes dark, to shut the chooks in for the night. Wonderful illustrations.
Chicken Licken (various editions)
This is an old favourite, also known as Henny Penny or Chicken Little. It’s a moral tale about a chicken who believes in the disaster that the sky is about to fall in.
Bear and Chook by Lisa Shanahan and Emma Quay (2002)
The lovely story of the friendship between Bear and Chook: the supportive things that friends do for each other.
Queenie the Bantam by Bob Graham (1997)
Created in Bob Graham’s cartoon style, this tells the story how Queenie is rescued from a lake by Caitlyn and her family, how Queenie is absorbed into the family life but is eventually returned to the farm.
Hattie and the fox by Mem Fox and Patricia Mullins (1986)
A hen sees a nose in the bushes but all the other animals aren’t interested. This book is a good example of Mem Fox’s signature use of repetition.
Mr Chicken goes to Paris by Leigh Hobbs (2009)
Leigh Hobbs’ quirky vision of Mr Chicken visiting all the wonderful sights of Paris, when in fact he himself is one of the main attractions.
Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins (first published 1971)
Rosie sets out on her walk, unaware of the fox following her and hoping to eat her for his dinner. She unintentionally takes him on an obstacle course before she returns home safely.
I wonder if your favourite is included here. Please tell us all about it if it’s not.