"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.Know More
"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 in Children's Books
Charlotte, the spider and main character of "Charlotte's Web," spins four messages in her web over the course of the novel, including "SOME PIG!," "TERRIFIC," "RADIANT" and "HUMBLE." The original purpose of the web writing is to spare Wilbur's life, as the pig was going to be slaughtered for meat as a runt. As the writing in the web becomes more famous, so does Wilbur.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 >
Little Golden Books are a series of illustrated children's books published since 1942. Many of the books are re-workings of popular children's tales. The books can be identified by a signature gold colored binding.Full Answer >
There have been a number of books whose plot involves children getting sucked into a video game. The following novels all rely on this story line: "Demons Don’t Dream" by Piers Anthony, "The Glitch" by Ronald Kidd and "Only You Can Save Mankind" by Terry Pratchett.Full Answer >