Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Chicken Little


Bibliographic Information:  Emberley, R., & Emberley, E. (2009). Chicken little. New York: Roaring Brook Press.

Reading Level: Adult Directed/500L

Synopsis: “They sky is falling!” wails Chicken Little after being knocked on the head with an acorn. Running around frantically, he spreads the news to Henny Penny, Lucky Ducky, Loosey Goosey, and Turkey Lurky.  With no plan in place they graciously accept Foxy Loxy’s offer to take shelter in her cave. This hilarious spin on the classic tale is full of bright and colorful cartoon art that makes the characters seem as if they are jumping off the pages!

Rationale for Classroom Use:  This book would be a fresh, fun and engaging read-aloud in the upper elementary grades to introduce interjections.  Examining the different interjections within the text such as OOP!, BONK!, EEP! and AWK! students could discuss the purpose and function of these words in the story.  For the lower grades, this book could be used to introduce the idea of reading with fluency and expression.  As an extension activity the class could perform a play based off the text in order to practice repeated readings.

Common Core Connection:

L.5.1a: Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.

RF.1.4b: Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.


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