The hens in the book believe that there is a fox throwing apples from a tree at them. They ask him to stop but, the apples keep falling. They ask a rooster to threaten the fox and the apples keep falling. One of the hens climbs a ladder to see the fox and finds that there isn’t a fox in the tree. What she and later the other hens do see is a beautiful view and apples just letting go. By the end of the book, the hens are jumping out of the tree themselves to see what letting go is like. They get bumps and bruises, but they love letting go of their fears and of the tree.
JDaniel and I were working on a science experiment with a cupcake liner just beneath our hall stairs. He jumped up and suggested we try dropping the stairs to see how they would land. JDaniel dropped the liner bottom down and landed bottom down. He tried dropping the liner sideways and upside down and it always landed bottom down.
I made some cuts in a couple of cupcake liners to make them look like chickens. The cupcake liner chickens were also given a comb and colored beak. We wondered if these altered cupcake liners would land the same way the original liners had.
We took the cupcake liner flying chickens to the stair and let them drop. Each hen floated quickly to the ground.
JDaniel tried dropping them face up, face down, and sideways as he had before. Each falling chicken landed face up sitting as proudly as if they had flown down all by themselves.