You probably have never heard of John Greene Chandler. He doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, for goodness’ sake.

John was an artist, woodcarver, and lithographer in the 1800s. It’s safe to say he wasn’t a leader in any of his trades. In fact, during his peak years, he was mostly known for making paper dolls.

I can imagine the conversation down at the local pub as the fellas listened to Chandler boast about how the new lithography project he got was the one that’d turn things around for him and the missus.

“Sure it will, Johnny-boy. Sure it will. Maybe just don’t quit your paper doll job quite yet,” they’d respond between hearty laughs and heartier swigs of ale.

Needless to say, his work was all but forgotten.

All except for one piece.

Storytelling Leadership Chandler


To my knowledge, John Chandler published only one book in his entire life. But it is still talked about to this day.

It was called “The Remarkable History of Chicken Little.”

The book didn’t make many waves back then, but the fable has been passed down through generations and gained in worldwide popularity.

In fact, it’s practically become a standard in children’s fables, up there alongside such classics as “The Tortoise and the Hare”, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and “The Daughter Who Wouldn’t Stop Singing One Line of a Song Over and Over Until Her Parents Went Bonkerballs

[Editors Note: Disregard that last one. It’s complicated.]

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The Remarkable History of Chicken Little

The story of Chicken Little goes something like this:

The little chicken is hanging out in the forest when he gets hit in the head by a falling acorn. Ever the alarmist, Chicken Little takes it as a precursor that the sky is falling.

Naturally, he waddles quickly to warn the King.

On the way to said King, the chicken meets many feathered friends and convinces each of them that the sky is falling and that he has proof. He successfully alarms others and they all widdle-waddle as one, on their way to warn the King.

They eventually encounter a fox, who feigns alarm and promises to get them a meeting with the King. However, the birds are instead lured into the fox’s den where, in a horrendously brutal turn of events, he eats them all.