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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

by Sun-mi Hwang

Other authors: Nomoco (Illustrator)

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Everyone would enjoy this story but I think it is a must read for all moms. I absolutely loved it!! I read it in one evening - not only because it's a very short book but also because I didn't want to put it down. It is a beautifully written, heartwarming story of a very courageous little hen following her dreams. I am so glad I heard about it and decided to give it a try. ( )
  lynnski723 | Dec 31, 2016 |
I finished this book in two sittings, and it was lovely.

The writing style is sweet and simple and very layered, all at once. Sprout, a battery hen, destined to spend her life laying eggs, is a wonderful heroine. This book provides so much commentary on motherhood and freedom and identity and what sacrifice means.

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is like Animal Farm, with none of the sexism and all of the feminism. I liked that it was written with enough detail to not just be an allegorical tale. The illustrations for each chapter are wonderful and whimsical and I feel like I got a lot out such a short book, but I would happily read it again.

I would absolutely recommend this book. c: ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
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This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an egg of her own.

Little Sprout manages what she dreamed for and she becomes free! As a dreamer she fights for her freedom and her individuality. She does not accept the life she is destined to live, but she makes her own way. She fights for her survival and she wins. The other animals in the yard, just follow the rules and obey the orders, but this is not what she wants for herself. She will survive as long as she fights for her beliefs, as long as she fights for her dreams and she does not give up.

Little Sprout manages what she dreamed for and she becomes a mother. It is not her egg that she hatches, but this does not mean she won't love it as if it was hers. Someone else had to leave it alone, but she will not abandon it. She will stand a mother for the little egg and the little bird that is forming inside it. She won't give up the fight. She won't let go, even when she realizes that she is now a mother of a little duck!

As a mother of a baby she did not lay, she fights with all the armory she has, her claws and her beak! She is proud of it as the little duck swims in the lake, even though she would like to swim along with it. She protects her baby as every mother would and should do. She sets an example as a mother with her final sacrifice to let her baby fly away and help other babies survive at the same time.

A lovely tail that comes from Korea and is joyfully read both by adults and children. A lesson to us all! ( )
  GeorgiaKo | Aug 9, 2016 |
A wonderful fable about a laying hen who gets the chance to live in a bigger world and then must fight prejudice, natural enemies, and jealousy. With bravery and tenacity she shows that friendship, kindness, compassion, and empathy can make a fulfilling life. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Jul 30, 2016 |
Korea, Fiction ( )
  awomanonabike | Jul 30, 2016 |
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NomocoIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The 2-million-copy bestselling modern fable from Korea that is winning hearts around the world

This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an egg of her own. An anthem for individuality and motherhood, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly has captivated millions of readers in Korea, where it is a contemporary classic. Now the novel is making its way around the world, where it has the potential to inspire generations of readers the way Jonathan Livingston Seagull or The Alchemist have. And with Nomoco’s evocative illustrations throughout, this first English-language edition beautifully captures the journey of an unforgettable character in world literature.

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