The Silly Chicken

The Silly Chicken

by Idries Shah


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The Silly Chicken by Idries Shah

The Silly Chicken is a delightful and humorous tale about a chicken who learns to speak as we do – with surprising and unexpected consequences. The events that follow intrigue young children and, and at the same time, alert them in a very amusing way to the dangers of being too quick to believe everything you hear.

Illustrator Jeff Jackson creates a lively and amusing world, rich in color and expression, in which anything can happen.

This tale is one of the many hundreds of Sufi developmental stories collected by Idries Shah from oral and written sources in Central Asia and the Middle East. For more than a thousand years this story has entertained young people and helped to foster in them the ability to examine their assumptions and to think for themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942698197
Publisher: Institute for Study of Human Knowledge
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range: 3 - 12 Years

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Tragedies like Columbine are a wake-up call. It's clear that we need to provide our kids ¿ especially boys ¿ with tools to counter the violence and automatic aggression ubiquitous in popular culture. These children's stories by Idries Shah are just this kind of tool. They're not preachy. They don't offer simplistic lessons or moral platitudes. They're more like exercises for 'mental muscle groups' grossly underdeveloped in this culture: A strong sense of one's own value. Empathy. Flexibility in thinking and responding. Appreciating that not everyone is the same, not every outcome is predictable. Seeing that there are more than two sides to a situation. A sense that patience and perseverance can pay off, sometimes in unexpected ways. Not demanding easy answers. A sense that things are not always as they seem, that the viewpoint of 'experts' ¿ or even the whole community ¿ is not always right. The experience of seeing something that even adults don't see, of creating clever solutions. The sense that taking positive action is possible and rewarding¿even when one has to buck the tide. That help can come from where and when we least expect it. The sense that life has interesting 'loose ends' for us to reflect on. And so much more. At least one of these books should be on every child's book shelf.