Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile

Mrs. Chicken the Hungry Crocodile is a new take on an old folktale style. After shunning her usual puddle for the bigger river, the vain Mrs. Chicken almost gets eaten by Crocodile.  In order to save her feathers, Mrs. Chicken uses her wit to buy time, convincing Crocodile they are sisters.  And all of us who have sisters know that sisters do not eat sisters, right?

Use this book to teach the moral of the story, as all good folktales impress.  Morals here include be content with what you have and vanity got the chicken.  Compare/contrast this folktale to classics like Chicken Little or The Little Red Hen.  One of the co-authors, Won-Ldy Paye, is from northeastern Liberia, so discuss the habitat of chickens there as opposed to the chicken barns in North America.  Oh, and the science connection!  Birds and reptiles lay eggs.

There is a resurgence of backyard chicken coops, so if you need to prove to someone just how smart chickens are, read them this book.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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