"My Brother's Peculiar Chicken" is a short story written by Alejandro R. Roces, one of the Philippines' most celebrated writers of short stories and essays. The story is popular in short story anthologies. It was listed as one of Martha Foley’s Best American Stories in 1958 and 1961.Continue Reading
"My Brother's Peculiar Chicken" deals with cockfighting. One brother, Kiko, has a chicken that he believes is a hen; however his brother, the story's narrator, thinks it is a rooster. They ask their parents, the head of the town and the smartest man in town, Mr. Cruz, and no one can agree. Mr. Cruz tells Kiko to have the chicken fight a rooster and if the chicken wins, then Kiko must agree it's a rooster. Kiko's chicken wins, but surprisingly lays an egg at the very end, proving that Kiko was originally correct.
In 2007, a variation of the story was turned into a musical called "Something To Crow About," and had its American premiere at La Mama Theater in New York City. The musical is based on the book of the same name, which included the story "My Brother's Peculiar Chicken."
Roces, who was influential in the Philippines independence movement during World War II, was named the National Artist of the Philippines in 2003. He served as the Secretary of Education in the Philippines from 1961 to 1965. He passed away in 2011.Learn more about Children's Books
Stink Moody is Judy Moody's younger brother in the popular Judy Moody and Stink Moody series created by children's author Megan McDonald. Stink was initially a secondary character in the original Judy Moody series, but his popularity with kids inspired McDonald to write a spin-off series with Stink as the main character. In the series, Stink - who worries about his short stature and likes drawing comic strips - gets into various scrapes with his friends and sister.Full Answer >
Some writers of classical children's books include the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Each of these writers is known for iconic works of children's literature, including "Grimms' Fairy Tales," "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "The Secret Garden," respectively.Full Answer >
Some study activities to review "Frindle" include inventing their own words, drawing, acting out scenes or pretending to be characters from the book, creating a movie or movie trailer script, drawing a map of the book's setting, creating a collage, writing a poem, creating a timeline, keeping a diary as a character in the story, or writing a side story to the book.Full Answer >
A good short story for kids includes many of the same elements found in stories for adults, such as characters, setting and plot. However, you should strive to keep your children's story simple and concrete so that young readers can easily follow the narrative.Full Answer >