“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Chicken Little. Written and illustrated by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley. Scholastic Inc. c. 2009, 30pp.
Reading Level: 500L
Synopsis: When an acorn falls from the sky and hits him on the head, Chicken Little is certain the sky is falling! He tells everyone he runs into that the sky is falling, and they run for their lives. When they come across a wolf, he attempts to trick them into his warm, dark cave, but he sneezes at the last minute and they are all saved.
Rationale for Use: This scholastic reader is a great text to use in the classroom when learning about traditional literature. In first grade, students learn about comparing and contrasting different texts on the same topic, and there are different versions of Chicken Little that could be read in the classroom for students to compare and contrast. Students would also be able to compare and contrast the characters in the different versions of the tale.
Common Core Connection: RL1.9: Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories. RI 1.9: Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic.