The Rooster and the Fox: A Tale about Being Clever
. Reader's Digest Young Families . Pleasantville, NY
PZ8.2.F368 Roo 2006 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is not the simple Aesopic fable about universal peace and a sighting of dogs in the distance. This rooster is the protector of the henhouse. The story's first phase has the rooster tricking the fox into shutting the door to the henhouse by leaping at the rooster. The second phase has rooster laying a trail of hen feathers straight to a cave full of dogs. Fox follows the trail but hears the dogs just in time to scamper away. In a third phase, fox has caught a hen, but rooster tells him that this hen has a disease. His ploy buys enough time for the farmer to get onto the scene. Only in a fourth phase does the Aesopic ploy appear. I think the twenty-page format for these books has something to do with this unusual plot. This time fox goes away never to return.