The Chicken Book
As the legendary illustrator of kids’ classics by E.B. White (Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web), Laura Ingalls Wilder (the Little House series), and many others, Garth Williams has regaled a vast audience of youngsters for nearly half a century. But the artist’s occasional solo efforts haven’t won as much attention. This 1946 picture-book gem, The Chicken Book, based on an old English counting rhyme and out of print for years (it was reissued in 1990), tells the timeless tale of a feisty mother hen and the five chicks she teaches to fend for themselves and to scramble for their breakfast.