The book tells the story of Fox, Chicken and Crab who open the fridge to find the cupboard bare. Chicken and Crab then go off on a fishing trip to catch some food. They catch a large fish, only for a cross eagle-type bird to catch hold of the fish and drag Chicken and Crab off. They end up entangled with a nasty-looking sea-snake and escape back home. There a big surprise awaits them and I laughed out loud when I turned to the last page and saw what they were having for tea.
The book would work particularly well with units of literacy in Yrs2 – 4 where a traditional tale is being looked at, as the story lends itself to that type of story telling. It would fit into the capturing ideas part of a teaching sequence providing a structure for children to retell their own story. We are in discussion about the blueprint – voyage and return or quest. It fits both and the one you would choose would be dependent upon how strongly you felt the desire was to go on a journey to solve the problem of no food .
I was delighted to see that there were more books in the series: The Chicken Thief, Fox and Hen Together, Rooster’s Revenge and The Treasure Thief due out at the end of this month. I am going to have to start collecting them!
Have you come across any good books recently?