FABLE SPRINGS PARABLES–Book One
Mother Chicken’s Eggs: Choosing to Grow into Greater Things
Written by Kathryn Ross ~ Illustrated by Noah Berge
“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” C.S. Lewis
The children brought out your “Mother Chicken’s Eggs” book. I sat on the couch with all three (now ages 9, 10, and 11) huddled around me, eagerly awaiting story time. They have heard your story before. They know the ending. But they were as excited as if it were the first time they were hearing it. At times they read in unison with me. I did not correct them. Their faces displayed the critical thinking taking place inside their minds. They were asking questions, analyzing, applying this story to life and Bible scriptures they have learned. This brought me great joy. Thank you for writing such a beautiful book.
Nikkole Hollenweger, Parent and Teacher
Everyone on MacDonald’s Farm is excited! Mother Chicken has laid three fine eggs with great hopes for the potential of each unique baby chick when they finally hatch! A brown egg with hard bumps and a white egg with black spots have much to overcome in choosing to peck through and hatch out of their shell. But, the warmth Mother Chicken provides, as she tenderly cares for her eggs on the nest, strengthens them to break free. They can now grow into greater things with all the gifts Farmer MacDonald showers upon them. Celebration ensues with much fanfare and a party as the new chicks take their useful place on the farm.
However, the smooth egg, whose shell should have been easiest to break through, refuses to budge. He “baulks” at the idea of moving beyond his comfort zone. Or, is it a prison? Whatever it is that he clings to inside his shell, it is not sufficient to sustain him in a lasting and fruitful manner. Everyone on the farm is grieved with shock and awe that a chick full of promise like his siblings would choose to remain hidden away from more abundant life, provision and purpose. Will he suffer the consequences of his choice? Will you be surprised at the end of the story?
And–did you find the caterpillar sneaking into the action? What is the tale he tells . . .
Parables and fables are stories designed to illustrate life lessons and moral truths. To get more out of the story, a family Reflection and Discussion Guide with a Bonus Idea for interactive follow-up is included in this quality, fine art picture book, sure to be treasured by children of all ages.
LITERATURE STUDY PACKAGE includes picture book, audio book CD,
and NEW Literature Study 112 page paperback
Limited Edition Prints by Noah Berge
Each print, taken from the original illustrations in Mother Chicken’s Eggs: Choosing to Grow into Greater Things, is signed, dated, and numbered–printed on quality 8.5 x 11 paper; slipped into photo pocket frame and plastic wrapped. Includes Certificate of Authenticity. Suitable for matting and framing in standard 11 x 14 frame to suit your decor. Original poetic verses by Kathryn Ross.
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Fable Springs Parables: Mother Chicken’s Eggs
About the Study Guides
What Can We Learn From This Story?
Written by Kathryn Ross ~ Illustrated by Noah Berge
As you cross the border into this idyllic place, where refreshing springs of water trickle and babble here—or rush in a torrent over rocks there—you will enter the realm of truth-telling tales! This is the source of life in Fable Springs Village, which is watered by an ancient stream of stories. These tales flow through our collective historical and literary heritage of classic Christian writings, fairy tale, folk tale and nursery rhyme—with a worldview proceeding from the firm foundation of the Word of God.
“For He who has mercy on them will lead them,
even by the springs of water He will guide them.”
Fable Springs is more than just a quaint English country village where Old MacDonald works his farm on the outskirts of town. It’s a place where parables live—in every cottage, garden, shop, and street corner surrounding the Village Square in the center of town. To begin your study tour, learn how to find your way around the village at the Fable Springs Visitor Information Center where the Study Guide instructions point out the unique features of the places in town you will visit.
Begin with the Literature Study Guide featuring stops at the Wordsworth Library, Act-the-Fact Theatre, and Master Works Art Gallery. Check out this chock full of inspiration and enrichment study and activities in the Table of Contents!
Welcome to Fable Springs—Where Parables Live
Entering Fable Springs: Poetry on the Threshold of Town
Fable Springs Village Map
Fable Springs Visitor Information Center—Using the Story Study Guide
It’s All About His Story Philosophy of Education
A Customized Story Guide
The Ultimate Study Guide
Pack Your Study Supplies
Choose Your Study Method
Get Your Ticket to Fable Springs
Wordsworth Library—Word Study and Concept Comprehension
Inspirational Quote: The Leading Idea
Theme: Free Will and the Power of Choice
Story Synopsis: Mother Chicken’s Eggs: Choosing to Grow into Greater Things
The Story Mountain: Six Chapters in the Journey
The Primary Tool of Word Study: Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
Using Concept Comprehension Questions
Using the Wordsworth Library Study Guide
Word Study Chart (Blank)
Word Study and Concept Comprehension Chapter Work
Chapter 1: Enriching Incubation
Chapter 2: Monty Hatches—Conquering Mountains
Chapter 3: Bliss Hatches—Stain Removal
Chapter 4: Fowl Protests
Chapter 5: Free Will and the Power of Choice
Chapter 6: Cause to Effect—Consequences Happen
Act-the-Fact Theatre—Dramatizing Story
The Play’s the Thing Philosophy of Education
Character Sketches–Internal to External & Backstories
Puppet Stage and Set Designs
Reader’s Theatre Script
The Interview–Point of View Characterizations
Master Works Art Gallery—Exploring Story through Art and Crafts
Art Matters Philosophy of Education
Monty Rooster Color Sheet
Little Miss Bliss Color Sheet
Butterfly Egg Craft & Devotional
Painting the Butterfly Bouquet
Appendices and Notes:
Appendix A—Suggested Homeschool Enrichment Plan
Appendix B—Word Study Word List
Appendix C—Leading Ideas & Learning Styles
Fable Springs Parables Book One—Mother Chicken’s Eggs: Choosing to Grow into Greater Things
“Just wanted to share some reactions to your book from my special needs students: William, a third grader with Asperger’s (after we read your book again) said, “Wait, that ending is a little dark.” This opened the door for us to have a great discussion as a followed-up. Liam, a 6 year old genius with autism, said that (spoiler) perhaps the fox eating the egg was just the way it was supposed to be. Another great discussion followed. Rocco was totally enthralled with your presentation! Liam wanted it read every day! His grandparents are probably going to order it for him. Mother Chicken’s Eggs is a good learning tool–the right way for them to learn lessons. They love the story and it is one of the “read it again” books in our classroom.”
Wanda Carr, Special Education Teacher ~ Cumberland Christian School
“Beautifully illustrated with a captivating story, this is more than a picture book. Kathryn Ross and Noah Berge provide a fresh perspective of traditional values and life lessons that will spark thoughtful discussion from toddlers to grandparents. You and your family will want to bask in these pages, a creative combination of poetry and story. Who knew that revisiting Old MacDonald’s Farm may very well lead to “a legacy of beauty, truth, and right you’ll want to pursue with all your might”?”
~ Candy Abbott, Author/Publisher, and Executive Director of Mothers With a Mission
“Kathryn Ross has written a work that will inspire all generations. In Mother Chicken’s Eggs,the first of the Fable Springs Parables, she has created a literary world that will stir your imagination as you discover the many ‘parables on Wisdom’s way.’ “
~ Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, award-winning author of A Christmas Homecoming
“As only the creative mind of Kathryn Ross can do, “Mother Chicken’s Eggs” gracefully plants spiritual truth into the fertile soil of children’s literature. This short book is both simple and profound: a perfect parable for every age group. The illustrations gorgeously depict the emotion and tone of the story. Kathryn and Noah are a match made in heaven. I can’t wait for the next installment!”
~ Andrew Hughes, Artist
“You are such a special lady, a Godly example to all. I am so blessed to be able to call you friend. The book is AMAZING!!!!! I have my copy in my office so that I can show it to anybody and everybody. The story is wonderful and Noah’s illustrations are unbelievable. You both compliment each other so well. I’m looking forward to the next one . . .”
~ Charlene M. Robillard, Principal, East Gate Christian Academy