Chanticleer and the Fox (Adapted from the Canterbury Tales)

by Barbara Cooney (Editor)

Other authorsGeoffrey Chaucer (Author), Barbara Cooney (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1989



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Thomas Y. Crowell, [1989] Troll Edition


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

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LibraryThing member hcurrey
From Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, we get a beautifully illustrated story with a moral about flattery and self-control. An excellent story to introduce Chaucer to children, it could be used in a unit on the Middle Ages.
LibraryThing member Johnab1288
This is an odd little book about a beautiful rooster that has a dream that a monster is going to come kill him. When he awakes up his wife scolds him, and tells him that he needs to be a man and not worry about such silly things. The next day a fox comes to snatch the rooster and the fox uses his
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brain to out smart the rooster. The rooster is smarter than the fox thinks because in the end he ends up out smarting the fox.

Decent book. Not my favorite book, I think it could use a better ending.

1. Have the students write a different ending for the book.
2. Have a coloring sheet for the kids that looks like the rooster and have them color it.
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LibraryThing member garcia-akers
Winner of the Caldecott Award for 1959.
"Adaptation of the 'Nun's priest's tale' from the Canterbury tales."
Summary A sly fox tries to outwit a proud rooster through the use of flattery.
LibraryThing member Day4
The illustrations on this book don't look modern, which is good becuase it gives it's readers a taste of something a little different.
LibraryThing member momma2
Much like a fable from Aesop, this adaptation of Chaucer's tale was short and to the point. The prose was lovely and flowed like poetry. Well done.
LibraryThing member dangerlibearian
Long and old-fashioned.
LibraryThing member pocketmermaid
Adaptation of a story from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales." This particular story is appropriate for children, while most of "The Canterbury Tales" are not, so it's awesome that it was adapted as a children's book. What child doesn't love talking animals teaching them lessons?
LibraryThing member marlasheffel
Barbara Cooney won the Caldecott award for this beautiful picture book. She reserached every aspect of the book until she drew as real life rooster and chickens as she could. Wonderful artistic use of 4 colors that really shows the new technology of colored printing in the 1950s.
LibraryThing member pamela12286
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales are great stories that teach different morals to children. This story is a reminder to not be swayed by simple flattery. The images are dates and might not interest students who are looking for a very pretty cover.
LibraryThing member dulcenash
A poor women lived in a farm and was able to provide for herself and her two daughters; they had hens, sheep, large sows and three cows. The story is mostly about a rooster, named Chanticleer, who lives on the modest farm of a widow and her daughters. Chanticleer is a beautiful bird and he struts
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around among 7 hens. One day he dreams that his coop is in danger but when he talks with one of the hens his fears go away. The illustrations won this book the Caldecott Medal in 1959 and it is not hard to see why. There is a lot of attention to detail seen in every page.
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LibraryThing member manich01
Chanticleer, a comfortable and prideful c*ck, falls prey to his own vice when tricked by a sly fox. WIll he escape and return to his family? Or will he be eaten? Use this with older students as an introduction to Chaucer and with younger as a simple warning tale about pride and gullibility.
LibraryThing member tiburon
A Chaucer tale retold by the talented illustrator and author Barbara Cooney. This tale contains a healthy dose of suspense and danger, with a happy ending.
LibraryThing member crfonten
“Chanticleer and the Fox” is about a rooster who is flattered by a fox into the woods. I didn’t feel that the illustrations added too much to the story, other than just repeating what the words had already said, but I did like the moral behind the story. This story, through its words and
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pictures, shows how falling so easily for someone’s flattery can land you in big trouble. The illustrations were very simple, but just detailed enough to be just what the story needs.
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LibraryThing member scote23
Caldecott Medal, 1959

A tale of a rooster who listens a little too much to the praise given to him and gets in trouble because of it.
LibraryThing member ZacWoodruff
This is a great lesson about how those who try to over flatter you, may be trying to take advantage of you. Go Chanticleer! Not my particular favorite style of illustration here, but well illustrated nonetheless.
LibraryThing member LeighAnneJensen
Chanticleer is the finest rooster around, and the pride of a poor widow's flock. One day, a fox appears and through flattery alone manages to trick Chanticleer into being captured. At the last moment before he is gone forever, Chanticleer manages to trick the fox into letting him go. As the widow
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says, "That is the result of trusting in flattery."
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LibraryThing member Truly.Mae.Pettijohn
Summary- Chanticleer and the fox is set in the medieval times with a small family and a rooster.

Personal Opinion- The art work is a very minimum, clean cut, cartoon style. The story it self is confusing because it doesn't explain what all happens. It feel like there are pages missing even when
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there aren't.

Classroom Extension- 1) Life cycle of animals on a farm. 2) How people were able to gather food during the time. 3) A lesson on how kids can keep them self safe from harm.
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LibraryThing member scote23
Caldecott Medal, 1959

A tale of a rooster who listens a little too much to the praise given to him and gets in trouble because of it.
LibraryThing member ckenne17
Chanticleer and the Fox is a classic. I remember reading this book as a child. I really enjoy the illustrations. Barbara Conney chose very bright and vibrant colors. The illustrations made the book fun and enjoyable to read. I also really liked how descriptive the writing was. For example the
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author says, "He stood high on his toes and stretched his neck, closed his eyes, and crowed loudly." Her writing is always very descriptive and I think this helps readers visualize the story as they are reading. I also have always like the moral of the story. I think the big idea of this story is to not always trust flattery. The rooster trusts the fox because he is giving him compliments but the fox obviously has a hidden agenda.
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LibraryThing member jpmorales92
“Chanticleer and the Fox” illustrated by Barbara Cooney was given the Caldecott Medal in 1959. It is a story adapted from the Canterbury Tales about a rooster named Chanticleer with a beautiful voice who has a dream that a fox is going to try to eat him. The next day a fox approaches the
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rooster and tells him that he is not there to hurt him but had been friends with Chanticleer’s father and wanted to hear him sing. The rooster trusted the flattery of the fox, which eventually led to an easy capture. The tale of the rooster and the fox is one about how dangerous pride and gullibility can be. The illustrations were created with paint and have a lot of contrast, but little texture. They make the words come alive and put the reader in the world of the widow and Chanticleer while still leaving room for the reader to use his own imagination. I would read this book to students of any age to introduce classic literature as well as what life was like for peasants in the medieval times.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
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
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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.
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