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PZ8.S4187 Ch 2014 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The back cover advertises this and the other books of this series as award-winning motivational character-building picture books. The overall series, Sommer-Time Story Series, has won over forty national awards. The front cover promises fun but mentions also trustworthiness, respect, and truthfulness. It presents a good version of Chicken Little, first of all by making Chicken Little an anxious young chicken from the start. Her parents have to reassure her but not always with success. She fears particularly that walking under a ladder -- as she has done -- will lead to the sky falling on her. This version puts emphasis on group-think. We cannot all be wrong. Part of King Lion's help to them is to find out just how many have experienced the sky falling. The answer is, of course, only Chicken Little. Mercado has fun with small animals away from the central action, like the small bird struggling with an umbrella on the windy day pictured on 6-7 or the worm frightened with Chicken Little about the threat of falling skies on 10-11. This particular series, Sommer-Time Story Classics, contains some twelve fable books. This library edition has a cloth reinforced binding and is very sturdy. There are also video and read-along versions of these books with sound effects, and there are free online helps too. I include this book in the collection not because I think Chicken Little should be viewed as a fable but because this volume is part of a fable series.