Nessa has been collecting classic Ladybird books for Danny and Rory. These gentle tales, with their simple, bright illustrations were real favourites from both of our childhoods, and it’s been lovely to see the kids enjoying them too. Let’s take a look.
“The Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen” was first published in 1966.
Brilliant. Danny’s just turned three; Rory’s nearly one; these will be perfect.
We join the story as it nears its conclusion:
“Then the sly young fox opened the bag, over the pot of boiling water. The big stones fell into the water with a very big splash.”
Cool. Wonder how it’s going to resolve itself?
“The boiling water splashed all over the sly young fox and his mother. They were both killed at once.”
On the upside – it was a quick death. We can see this from the detailed illustration. Fur still steaming.
Oh it’s OK. The little red hen walks away unscathed. Nature’s way has been bucked. Be about your business. Nothing to see here.
Maybe “Chicken Licken” will be different?
“So Chicken Licken, Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, Ducky Lucky, Drakey Lakey, Goosey Loosey, and Turkey Lurkey followed Foxy Loxy. Foxy Loxy led them straight into his den, where his wife and their little foxes were waiting for their dinners.”
I’ve got a bad feeling about this…
“Then the foxes at Chicken Licken, Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, Ducky Lucky, Drakey Lakey, Goosey Loosey and Turkey Lurkey for their dinners. So Chicken Licken never found the King to tell him that he thought the sky was falling down.”
That’s some dark, dark stuff right there.