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Chanticleer and the Fox

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King of the barnyard, Chanticleer struts about all day. When a fox bursts into his domain, dupes him into crowing, and then grabs him in a viselike grip, Chanticleer must do some quick thinking to save himself and his barnyard kingdom.
Paperback, 44 pages
Published November 1st 1982 by HarperCollins (first published 1958)
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Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I find it interesting that so many of the comments on this book were about the vocabulary being too big (azure, sow, debonair) and the story being too long to hold the attention of small children. I think this speaks to the fact that in our rush to get children to read chapter books, we stop reading them picture books by the time they are 6 or 7. That wasn't true when this book was printed (1959). Even after kids learned to read, parent and teachers continued to read picture books to kids. And t ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed "Chanticleer" though I'm not sure it will be especially memorable for me. I'm already a Barbara Cooney fan and I thought her illustrations were great--a delightful blend of bold and realistic with a touch of softness and charm. One of my favorite illustrations includes the daughter hugging the sheep--so sweet! I haven't read the original, so I can't compare, but felt that the adaptation was fairly readable and relatable for modern children but also retained a bit of it's old world flav
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Alas, my Wednesday Night Working with Celeste on the Kids Floor will be moved to Thursdays, until further notice.

I don't know what other books were competing for the Caldecot for 1958, but this book is really charming.

I like the bold graphics and simple colors, but the detail and clean lines were beautiful.

A cute Aesop-ish tale, taken and adapted from the Canterbury Tales. The story itself is deeper than many picture books today. I liked that it actually had difficult vocabulary words as it's
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My 6 year old son, Daniel, says, "I loved all the animals! 5 stars!".
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
The illustrations in this book are beautiful! It definitely deserved the Caldecott Medal. The pictures fit the story so well, and I love the style and the bright colors.

It would never have occurred to me to adapt Chaucer into a children's book. Although my three-year-old son didn't find the story terribly interesting (except for the naughty fox), it was a nice change of pace for me.
Lara Lleverino
So I have had this sitting on my shelf for a long time. Actually this is the second copy I have owned. Today I pulled it off the shelf because someone mentioned reading Walter Wangerin's The Book of Sorrows which is the sequel of The Book of the Dun Cow which also has Chanticleer in it. These books reveal to me the depth of redeeming my education needs. Chanticleer is a character from the Canterbury Tales which I have never read but intend to but at this point I feel this children's book is abou ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my favorite Caldecott. It's language is quite difficult so if you are reading this to younger children you may need to change the words to ones they can understand. If I were going to use this in a classroom I would use it in older grades. Possibly 5th grade and up. When I taught 7th and 8th grade Literature, I often used picture book to help simplify teaching more difficult literary elements. The pictures are old world style and are different than many other books I have read. 3 stars.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
An adaptation of one of the Canterbury Tales, of whose original version I have not read. I'm not sure if that makes a difference, because this was a fun and readable version. My son is three, so while I did read the whole book out once, I repeated it again in words that he could understand and showed him the pictures. The illustrations themselves were lovely with simple colors, and we enjoyed the experience quite a bit.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book summary: This is a book about a widow and her two daughters who live on a small farm with one sheep, three cows, three pigs, a rooster named Chanticleer and had seven hens by his side. This is an award winning book about how the rooster had a bad dream that a fox would grab him by the neck. Then one day he sees a fox who approaches him and just explains that he wants to hear him sing like his father. with his neck strectched out and his eyes closed. When the rooster did this the fox grabbed ...more
Kiera Burnett
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: modern-fantasy
Summary and Critique:
Barbara Cooney tells a traditional tale of the sly fox luring in his prey. It followed common themes of trickery and defeat as the story developed, leaving a triumphant, and much wiser rooster to return to his flock. Being a Caldecott Medal Winner, this children’s book features strong illustrations. All of the illustrations in the book use the same pallet of four colors: green, azure, coral, and burnished gold. These colors are highlighted when describing the rooster’s appea
Guadalupe Sanchez
Chanticleer and the fox by Cooney Barbara
Genre: picture book Reading level: 1-6 grade Format: good

Reading the picture book Chanticleer And The Fox by Geoffrey Chaucer and illustrated by Barbara Cooney I came to realize that when the characters felt sad, scared, or out of place the picture illustrations had no color and where just black and white. But when the characters where happy the picture illustrations had color demonstrating the characters mood. Having the picture illustrations shown in
Susan Mortimer
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lis-565
This re-telling of one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, brilliantly adapted and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, has within it the makings of a wonderful read-aloud experience for both child and adult. Cooney gives us Chaucer’s tale of Chanticleer, the vain (and prophetic) rooster captured by a fox due to his egotism, only to find he is later able to escape by playing to the fox’s own sense of self-importance. As Chanticleer has learned his lesson, he is unable to be persuaded by the fox to ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
1959 Caldecott Medal Winner

Very cool medieval-style illustrations in this one. It says on one of the cover flaps that the illustrator studied illuminated manuscripts and borrowed some chickens in order to make these pictures. Nice! I'm still not sure how the illustrators make those solid colors--this one uses mostly blue, red, green, gold, and brown for the fox. The colors all look so solid that I'm not sure how they're done. I think the black is ink, though.

Pretty simple story lifted from Chauc
Returning to this Caldecott Medal-winning book was a pleasure. I can remember reading this book when I was a child and being intrigued by the ornate artwork and the book's message about being wary of flatterers. As I read it again, the same pleasure I experienced initially returned to me, and I worried for the rooster while also laughing at how he turns the tables on the fox who plans to eat him for dinner. By opening his mouth when he shouldn't, he loses that succulent meal. I love the black an ...more
Tricia Douglas
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott-award
I read this book as one of our January GR children's book groups. I respect Barbara Cooney's work and wanted to have this Caldecott for my collection. The story is an old Chaucer tale of a rooster who flaunts his good looks too much and is caught by a fox. Cooney's illustrations fit the story well. The moral of the story is one most children will learn from and provides a good discussion base for a family. Good story, great pictures.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cooney does a great job retelling this humorous Chaucer story, with a clever moral at the end. It is rather wordy, and so most suitable for elementary age children. The drawings are well executed and appealing. Some of the drawings are black ink only; others have been colored with bold, bright reds, greens, yellows, and other colors. The words and pictures are woven together into a seamless whole, making this one of my favorite of the Caldecott award-winning books.
Katie Fitzgerald
I love the color scheme of the illustrations in this book, and how certain patches of color are used to draw the eye across the page in a particular way. I've never been crazy about the story itself, but I like the way the mother uses a moment of drama between animals as a way to teach her kids a lesson. I also think the cover illustration is great - the fox peeking out of the bush at Chanticleer tells us so much about the story to come.
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lovely story and picture book.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book, but too old fashioned to hold my son's interest.
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Samantha by: Caldecott
Shelves: caldecott
I learned not to let wolves flatter me into letting them eat me.
Elijah Libert
I do not like this book because Chanticleer gets captured by the fox. His lesson was you should not listen to bad people.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Canticleer and The Fox is a book about a proud rooster names Chanticleer who has a very beautiful voice and because of this is kidnapped by a Fox. The lesson behind this story is clearly stated towards the end of the book stating, “God bring misfortune to him who is too careless about his self- control as to prattle when he should hold his peace.” After reading this book I wasn’t very overjoyed about its storyline or conclusion. It was anticlimactic and ended abruptly. Many books today have unex ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: storybook, 2017
Ugh! A book reinforcing outdated gender stereotypes to the point that a man (and yes, they call the rooster 'a man' using the phrase 'be a man') must be willing to die to protect his so-called manliness and a woman (the hen) can be wonderful but will only be loved if she is also 'demure'. Such terrible messages to give to children (the target audience for the story).


Yes, I know that the book was written and adapted at times when these stereotypes were the accepted norms. But GR shows it was
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a sly fox tricked a rooster (Chanticleer) and was able to capture him. His friends chase after the fox, everyone was upset and once the fox let the rooster out of his mouth the rooster flew into the tree he refused to fall into the foxes flattery again. Chanticleer comes back he has learned his lesson, not to trust flattery. The lesson is a good one to teach older children and the colors used in the books is great, black and white for different emotions when they are down or ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edlt-501
This is a fable about a proud cock named Chanticleer and a fox. There are rhythm and singing words, which makes this an enjoyable read aloud. This book has a great moral and lesson about flattery and self-control. I like the illustrations, there are some pages that are just black and white and others with color. There is a simple use of lines and color. This book would be a great addition to a unit of fables.
Sandra Welshan
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
The images were the enjoyable part of the story. The images were well detailed and I enjoyed how the color was added. Some illustrations only had one color and others were full color. How the color was added really brought out the story because the more excited parts were the full color illustrations.
Luisa Knight
From the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer comes this colorful children's adaption. Told in slightly watered-down old English, your children will learn the merits of not giving heed to flattery, especially from a beguiling stranger.

Ages 5+

Cleanliness: the phrases "by my faith!" and "so help me God" are used.
Maria Rowe
• 1959 Caldecott Winner •

Great adaptation of Chaucer’s “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” from The Canterbury Tales! Great book, but I’m not sure I would have chosen this over some of the other nominees in 1959.

Materials used: unlisted
Typeface used: unlisted
Seema Rao
A re-telling of the Nun Priest's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, in which a rooster gives in to the flattery of a fox and pays the price. I love the rich 50's illustrations, and the language is not overly complex. The book holds up well.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fables, folklore
Probably the only way I could enjoy a story by Chaucer. Still a bit dry, but has a good moral and nice illustrations.
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Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – October 25, 1400?) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales. Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacu ...more
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“I believe that children in this country need a more robust literary diet than they are getting. …It does not hurt them to read about good and evil, love and hate, life and death. Nor do I think they should read only about things that they understand. '…a man’s reach should exceed his grasp.' So should a child’s. For myself, I will never talk down to, or draw down to, children.

(from the author's acceptance speech for the Caldecott award)”
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