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Chanticleer and the Fox (1958)

by Geoffrey Chaucer

Other authors: Barbara Cooney (Illustrator)

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A sly fox tries to outwit a proud rooster through the use of flattery.

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Chanticleer the Rooster is known for his beautiful voice. When the fox asks him to sing, he is snatched up! But Fox learns that Chanticleer is even smarter than he is. Traditional illustrations, and given the year it was written I appreciate the women as the owners of the farm. ( )
  lisaladdvt | Jun 29, 2019 |
I did not enjoy this book too much. Being set back in such an old time, I found it difficult for me to even stay focus and comprehend what I was reading. I do not believe a young students would feel any different. The intense ending if the fox taking Chanticleer also made me feel that this may not be appropriate for young students. I believe the book is well written, however, I did not enjoy it and do not believe I would read this to my students. ( )
  arizzo | Aug 30, 2018 |
At first when I read this book I thought this was nice book and it set back in the medieval times. Well, it took a turn for me when I was reading the description of the fox taking the rooster. I am proud chicken farmer and my rooster and hens are pets to my family, I understand elements of nature happen as well, but this was a little much for me to read. I got through it and I gave the suggested grades of 1st-3rd, but I think that is being very generous. My 1st grade son would be able to read it and handle it, but other children his age? I was sketchy with it. I do not think I will have this book in my classroom for the students to read, but if they were to pull it from the library I would support them and answer any questions they might have. ( )
  Ashley.Miller | Aug 30, 2018 |
Perhaps a little long-winded for today's young listeners, but it would probably make for a good family read. Despite the simple story, there are lots of discussion points.

For just one example, the widow 'had only three large sows, three cows, and also a sheep called Molly.' Then we meet Chanticleer and his harem of seven hens - so the natural question is, why didn't they count as the widow's property? (My guess would be that they're more taken-for-granted, as everyone had chickens, but to own the other animals was more notable, indicative of more success.)

And though there are lots of words, they're worth reading aloud. The rhythm and color and metaphor do help us remember the source, even if one has never actually read Chaucer. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Chanticleer and the Fox tells the story of a rooster who lives on a farm belonging to a poor widow and her daughters. One night, he has a dream of a beast trying to kill him, but a hen tells him that he is a coward. Alas, a fox does come and flatters Chanticleer into singing with his eyes closed enabling the fox to snatch him away. Chanticleer manages to escape and vows never to let flattery trick him again.

The illustrations were made using a scratchboard technique and uses only five colors, as Cooney was limited by her publisher.

GENRE: Fable (it ends with a moral of not trusting flattery)

USES:
- make a compare and contrast chart for flattery versus compliments
- discuss fable morals and write a fable as a class (or have students write their own, depending on the grade level)
  sso14 | Feb 6, 2016 |
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