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National Chicken Little Awareness Day – April 9, 2023

National Chicken Little Awareness Day is an annual celebration of a folk tale and occurs on April 9. The story is about an insanely scared chick who constantly thinks the world is coming to an end. He is convinced of this because objects such as acorns keep falling on his head, which he makes out to be the sky falling. He goes on a quest around the farm warning the other animals of this impending danger. They believe him and everybody goes into a panic. They all join him in going to warn the king about the disaster. After this point, there are different endings to the tale. The most familiar one says that a fox invites the farm animals to its lair and eats them all. In another version, the rooster survives and warns the chick who then escapes. Other versions say all the animals are rescued and make it to the king.

History of National Chicken Little Awareness Day

The story of Chicken Little goes back about 2,500 years and is a traditional oral folk story. The exact record of where the story was first told is a bit unclear. However, one of the first people to record the tale was a Danish scholar named Just Mathias Thiele. He was an employee of the Royal Danish Library.

In Britain, this story is commonly known as Chicken Licken or Henny Penny, but in the United States, Chicken Little is the most common name. It began appearing in books in the U.K. in the early 19th century following the precedent set by the Grimm Brothers in publishing folk tales. In the Scots and English versions, the animals are determined to tell the king that the sky is falling, in contrast to the American and Danish ones where they are not given any specific motivation. However, in all versions, the fox eats them, although in different circumstances.

Today, the story has birthed several different products. One example is movie worksheets to help children with music lessons. The worksheets have questions relating to the music in the Disney movie “Chicken Little.” The questions cover mood, instrumentation, voicing, instruments, meter, dynamics, style, texture, instrument families, texture, and genre. They’re a fun and unique way for children to learn music. Another type of worksheet helps kids develop critical thinking skills. It challenges students to examine the concepts, events, and characters in the Disney movie and then apply the lessons to their lives. Who said children’s stories were only for entertainment?

National Chicken Little Awareness Day timeline

1823
The Story is Published in Danish

Just Mathias Thiele prints an early version in the Danish language.

1853
The Story is Published in English

The original version of “Chicken Little'' is translated into English.

1895
“Chicken Little” Enters the “Dictionary”

The Merriam-Webster dictionary lists "Chicken Little," defining the term as "one who warns of or predicts calamity."

1943
The Film is Based on the Story

Walt Disney makes the film “Chicken Little'' to fight Nazism during World War II by focusing on how scare-mongering weakened the war.

National Chicken Little Awareness Day FAQs

What is the Chicken Little syndrome?

This is a societal response to fear-mongering. When someone spreads fear, the public experiences a sense of despair or passivity which stops them from taking action (fear paralysis).

How do you deal with a Chicken Little?

If someone you know struggles with fear, employ empathy in your interactions. Summarize your understanding of what they say, acknowledge and validate their feelings and thoughts and avoid blaming or judging them.

How many versions of “Chicken Little” are there?

The story has several adaptations. Numerous books and movies based on the tale exist in different languages worldwide.

National Chicken Little Awareness Day Activities

  1. Read the “Chicken Little” story

    When did you last read the tale of Henny Penny? National Chicken Little Awareness Day is the perfect day for this.

  2. Watch the film

    Grab some popcorn, plop yourself on the couch and enjoy. If you have young kids or relatives, watching “Chicken Little” with them makes it even more enjoyable.

  3. Have some chicken

    This might seem unusual for some, but hear us out. What's a better way to appreciate chicken than eating it? Especially some crunchy, deep-fried pieces — yum!

5 Interesting Facts About Chicken Little

  1. Terms for scaredy cats

    "Chicken Little" or "The sky is falling!" are phrases ascribed to people who are unusually afraid or try to spread fear among other people.

  2. Something for gamers

    The story has gained such popularity that Avalanche Software developed a video game based on it in 2005.

  3. Quotes from Adolf Hitler

    Disney's film “Chicken Little” is one of the few Hollywood animated works with direct quotes from “Mein Kampf.”

  4. An expensive tale

    An internet auction sold a rare original copy of John Green Chandler's version (“The Remarkable Story of Chicken Little”) for $650.

  5. A famous publisher for the story

    Sarah Josepha Hale, the lady who published Chandler's version of “Chicken Little”, is famous for writing the rhyme ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb.’

Why We Love National Chicken Little Awareness Day

  1. It teaches a moral lesson

    Stories are a fantastic tool for passing lessons, and the “Chicken Little” tale is no different. It reminds us to not be fearmongers.

  2. It brings humor to the day

    The “Chicken Little” story has some elements of humor in it. Imagine somebody being totally convinced that the sky is falling!

  3. It's kid-friendly

    Chicken Little has morphed into cartoons and movies. This holiday gives us a perfect excuse to watch cartoons with our younger friends.

National Chicken Little Awareness Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 9Sunday
2024April 9Tuesday
2025April 9Wednesday
2026April 9Thursday
2027April 9Friday

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