Monday, May 4, 2009

Henny Penny By Paul Galdone

This story is not my personal favorite but it has some qualities that enable children to gain reading skills. Since all the names of the characters rhyme it enables the kids to repeat phrases for you and grasp the concept of rhyme which is a necessary reading skill. My three year old invariably picks this one up for me to read aloud. The story is one heard for years about a chicken hit on the head by an acorn who then runs around telling everyone that the sky is falling. The story is supposed to reach the king but the fox outwits the animals and is well fed while the king never finds out that the sky is falling. There are multiple renditions of this one and all of them are enjoyed by children. The character names are Henny Penny, Goosey Loosey, Ducky Lucky, Cocky Locky, and Turkey Lurkey, which for some reason is funny when you are three. For the reading skills alone this book is a treasure; the laughter over the names is simply a bonus and if you find a rhyme for their name the giggles enlarge.

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