The Silly Chicken by Idries ShahThe Silly Chicken by Idries Shah

The Silly Chicken

byIdries ShahIllustratorJeff Jackson

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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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.

Title:The Silly ChickenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.11 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Institute for Study of Human KnowledgeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1942698194

ISBN - 13:9781942698197


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book for children! I love this little kid's book. The message is an important one in today's day and age: that some people will talk without knowing what they're talking about. The danger is in listening to them. The story is silly, cute and manages to impart a meaningful lesson in simple language.
Date published: 2016-11-21

Editorial Reviews

"...this quirky, good-natured fable, with bright, aptly comical pictures, ably illustrates the maxim, it's important not to believe everything you hear." -Booklist"Set in the Middle East, Shah's retelling of a Sufi story sends a gentle message to readers: just because someone says it's so, does not make it so...With its simple language and repeating phrases, the story begs to be told, and Jackson's colorful pastel illustrations lend a zany accent to the antics. It's a classic case of 'the sky is falling' from an ancient culture, and it still has the ring of truth today" -School Library Journal