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    On Chicken Little

    November 11, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    Before I say what I’m really going to say, I feel I must give a little background on the usage of animals in children’s literature. If you have been reading only children’s books written, say, the last fifty years or so, you may be tempted to believe that the types of the animals in a children’s book have little to no significance.

    This is not so.

    Historically speaking, certain animals are symbolic. I have written before about dragons, and how they have always represented Satan. Well, there are other animals that have represented evil, or evil people, or even Satan, in children’s tales.

    I am thinking of the fox and the wolf. Even the Bible refers to the sinister sides of these animals: the wolf snatches and scatters sheep in John. The disciples were sent out as sheep among wolves in Matthew and Luke. In Acts, Paul warned about the wolves who would come in among the disciples. Jesus even called Herod “that fox” in Luke.

    These animals are sly, tricky, and dangerous.

    And we neglect the old stories at our peril.

    Do you remember the story of Chicken Little? A piece of grain falls upon his tail, and he takes this as a Bad Omen.

    The sky is falling!

    And thus begins the parade. All the animals in the barnyard are convinced by this little fool.

    Do you remember where they all end up?

    Chicken Little was in the woods.

    A seed fell on his tail.

    He met Henny Penny and said,
    “The sky is falling.
    I saw it with my eyes.

    Chicken Little

    I heard it with my ears.
    Some of it fell on my tail.”

    He met Turkey Lurkey, Ducky Lucky,
    and Goosey Loosey.

    They ran to tell the king.

    They met Foxy Loxy.

    They ran into his den,

    And they did not come out again.

    The fox here sees the panicked state of the animals as an opportunity to get them all into his den.

    The old stories were clear. Who thinks the sky is falling? Fools. Who follows them? Other fools. Who offers to protect them from the chaos? The fox. Where do the fools end up? In the fox’s den, from which they never escape.

    This is not to say that bad things never really happen. But it is to say that when rumors of bad or terrifying news begin to circulate, the wise man is on the lookout for the fox.

    What has concerned me lately is that Christians within our culture seem to be like gullible barnyard animals, and they aren’t at all aware that they should fear the fox more than they fear the sky {and the LORD most of all, of course}.

    Let me list a couple things {to my peril}:

    I could list more, but I think the point is made.

    The world has always believed the sky was falling in one way or another.

    So, word to the wise: Beware the fox.

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    8 Comments

  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts November 13, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Sorry, Dawn…In setting up that new blog, I learned all of these things about Blogger that weren’t available when I set up Afterthoughts. I had gadgets on the brain. πŸ™‚

    After having the reactions up for less than 24 hours, I’ve decided I don’t like them, so I took them down. πŸ™‚

    KM,

    I loved that link. You have been quite the resource lately!

  • Reply dawn November 13, 2009 at 1:49 am

    I was totally kidding, didn’t know there was such a thing as a “Like” button, and I use Blogger too LOL

    Seriously, your post was so spot on. I’ve never thought about the specifics of application for Chicken Little, but it clearly is warning about situations such as we find ourselves in.

  • Reply Kansas Mom November 12, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    A little off topic, but this made me think of you:

    http://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7178&Itemid=48

  • Reply Rachel R. November 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Wow. I never got that much out of Chicken Little. Then again, I’ve never been very good at literature interpretation. lol (I’m the one who in high school said, “But there isn’t any symbolism in The Old Man and the Sea. It’s just a man with a boat and a fish.) This is really good, and I’m saving it!

  • Reply Brandy November 12, 2009 at 2:53 am

    AMEN !!!!!!!

  • Reply Mystie November 12, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Amen, preach it. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts November 11, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Hmmm…Just learned yesterday that a like button was possible.

    I’m going to test run that for fun.

    Hope you’re having a good day, Dawn. πŸ™‚

  • Reply dawn November 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Where’s the “Like” button?

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