Ashliman, D.L. (1996-2008). Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts—The End of the World. April 08, 2008, from

Ashliman has converted stories of various tale types into electronic text that can be read in their entirety via the internet web page including tales of type 2033 and 20C. This website has hundreds of folktales, sources and links to other resources on folklore and mythology. It should be noted here that the version of  “Brother Rabbit Takes Some Exercise” taken from the above site has been revised by Ashliman to make the language more understandable.

Atwood, Margaret. (2006) Chicken Little Goes Too Far. The Tent (pp 67-71). New York: Nan A. Talese.

This is a modern, comedic version of Chicken Little. The plot line is loosly based on the original tales. The animals in Atwood’s version are clearly living in a human world reading newspapers, living in buildings etc. Atwood’s version is cynical and she adds her some of her own rhyming characters like “Skunky Punky” and “Hoggy Poggy” which make it unique.

Garner, James Finn (1994). Chicken Little. Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Modern Tales for Our Life and Times  (pp 57-62). New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.

            This was a very interesting take on the story as certain characters names and actions were changed to make them “politically correct”. Aside from the PC phrasing the story line and tone are close to the originals.

Geddon, A. (1999-2006) It’s the End of the World as we Know It…Again!. March 29, 2008, from

            This is a meticulously organized website by an author who tracks doomsday culture throughout time and has compiled an impressive listing of apocalyptic references in media and books.

Kellogg, Steven (retold & illus 1985). Chicken Little. New York: William Morrow &  Company, Inc.

            This is a modern retelling of Chicken Little with detailed and vibrant picturs that take the reader beyond the text and beyond the story. There are cars and helicopters and a few plays on words to make it much more dynamic that the original narrative.

Jacobs, Joseph. Henny Penny. SurLaLune Fairytales. April 1, 2008 from

            Although I also have the 2002 compilation of Jacobs’ English Fairytales edited by Donald Haase, I used the text from the Surlalune website on my blog. The versions are identical including Jacobs’ commentary on the ‘Notes & References’. Jacobs mentions that the version he heard was originally from Australia and is humorous because of the lack of pronouns, and thus the repetitive nature f the story.

Schwarcz, Joseph H (1982). Relationships between text and illustration. In Ways of the Illustrator: Visual Communication in Children’s Literature (pp. 9-20). Chicago:American Library.

            Schwarcz examines picturebooks as a complex interworking between text and picture so that children “read” images just as they do words. The use of pictures enhaces the narrative and plot of story. Sometimes the pictures compliment or deviate from the text, but pictures and words can be manipulated together in order to convey a specific message.

Scieszka, Jon & Smith, Lane (1992). “Chicken Licken” pg. 4-9. The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales.

            This book has won awards for breaking the rules and aside from the characters and some of the plot structure, is only slightly resembling the original Chicken Little tale. It’s a modern version in line with the cultural shift that explains or justifies Henny Penny’s misunderstanding where older versions did not.

Thornhill, Jan (2005). The Rumor: A Jataka Tale from India. New York: Maple Tree Press.

            This is a picturebook version of “The Timid Hare and the Flight of the Beasts”. It follows the narrative very closely and is illustrated beautifully. Thornhill used modern digital technology to create the mass of animals seen in the pictures.

Tovey, Madge & The Waterford Institute. Henny Penny. Retrived April 09, 2008 from

            This web based, interactive version of Henny Penny is a perfect example of how picture books and the inetrnet are working together to introduce children to reading.

Wattenberg, Jane (retold and illus 2000). Henny-Penny. New York: Scholastic Press Inc. This is one of the most recent picturebook versions of Henny Penny and one can really see the advancement in image technology. This book would best be described as post-modern with collage-like pictures depicting Henny Penny and her adventure.

French, V. (2006) illus Windham, Sophie. Henny Penny. New York: Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

            This version has rich illustrations but at the same time they are muted. There is a lot of white space on the page and the text is large and bolded. This picturebook is not just about the pictures and puts equal emphasis on the text for children who are just grasping early reading

Wojcik, Daniel (1997). The End of the World as We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America. New York: NYU Press.

            This work traces and analyzes the trends in doomsday belief in America. It defines what apocalypticism is and what role it plays in past and modern American culture.


Media References


Bay, Michael (director). Armageddon [Motion Picture]. United States: Touchstone Pictures.

Disney, Walt (producer), & Geronimi, C. (director). (1943). Chicken Little [Animated Short]. United States: Walt Disney Productions

Fullmer, Randy (producer). (2005). Chicken Little [Motion Picture]. United States: Walt Disney Pictures.

Leder, Mimi (director). Deep Impact [Motion Picture]. United States: Paramount Pictures.

Witt, Paul J. (executive producer). (1991). Golden Girls [Television series]. USA: Touchstone Television.

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