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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

by Sun-mi Hwang

Other authors: Nomoco (Illustrator)

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"No longer content to lay eggs on command only to have them carted off to the market, a hen 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"--

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A kind of timeless fable. I've seen this described as Charlotte's Web with chickens. Very spare prose and a simple but affecting tale. This would have been four stars if the chicken hadn't kept bursting into tears. ( )
  alexenglishauthor | Jul 11, 2019 |
Een dun boekje over een legbatterijkip die zich weet te bevrijden. Haar wens is een kuiken groot te brengen. Ze vindt een ei en broedt het uit; het blijkt een wilde eend te zijn. Tussendoor wordt haar leven bedreigd door een wezel. Uiteindelijk moedigt ze de eend (haar 'zoon') aan om de vrijheid te kiezen en mee te trekken met de andere wilde eenden. Ze offert haar leven op voor de wezel, die haar eigen jongen groot moet brengen. ( )
  elsmvst | Apr 22, 2019 |
Sprout is an egg-laying hen, but is going to be culled. She manages to get free before she dies, but is not welcome in the farm-yard. She has always wanted to lay an egg and be able to sit on it and hatch it and raise the chick, so imagine her happiness when she finds a deserted egg that she is able to hatch!

I really enjoyed this. I love animals, and really felt for Sprout. Even if they weren’t animals, there is a lot of mother-child type interactions going on between Sprout and the little one. And interesting (and sad) interactions between Sprout, the little one, and the other farm animals. ( )
  LibraryCin | Apr 13, 2019 |
Took me a while to finish this one. I enjoyed the layers to the story and what it had to say about belonging, identity, hopes and dreams. The blunt style of the translation didn't drag me in. The setting is unique as are the characters which makes it more interesting than it might have been. The book was also short, which was good. ( )
  fothpaul | Dec 4, 2018 |
A poignant children's book about the joys and sorrows of motherhood, fitting in, love, and the harsh realities of life. It is an easy read, suitable for children, but quite sad - although uplifting, too. The hen has a hard life but she fulfills her dream, and loves and lives the way she wants. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
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Sun-mi Hwangprimary authorall editionscalculated
NomocoIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kim, Chi-YoungTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The egg rolled to a stop upon reaching the wire mesh of the coop.
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