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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly Book Review

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang

Publication Date: November 26, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Source: Borrowed from a friend

Synopsis:A Korean Charlotte’s Web

More than 2 million copies sold

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 freedom, individuality and motherhood featuring a plucky, spirited heroine who rebels against the tradition-bound world of the barnyard, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a novel of universal resonance that also opens a window on Korea, where it has captivated millions of readers. And with its array of animal characters—the hen, the duck, the rooster, the dog, the weasel—it calls to mind such classics in English as Animal Farm and Charlotte’s Web.

Featuring specially-commissioned illustrations, this first English-language edition of Sun-mi Hwang’s fable for our times beautifully captures the journey of an unforgettable character in world literature.

Personal Thoughts: I was give this book as a recommendation and that I must read it. I had never heard of the author or seen the book before however, the description and the rave recommendation made me give it a chance.

It is the story of a hen who can no longer lay eggs as she is old but she does not know that. One day the owners can see that the hen is getting up there in age and is of no use to them so they try to cull it but the hen is  smart and escapes. There begins an epic story where the hen meets everyone in the yard and the barn, comes upon and guards a strange egg until it hatches and treats it as her own child. Through this whole story there are challenges, bullying, and a fire to become something more, give something back to a child that is technically not hers.

This story will open your eyes to show you just how far a person can go to get what they want and get their dream achieved. I would recommend this book to everyone and you will read it quickly as I read it in under 2 hours it was that good. It will make you think differently about the world around you. 🙂

Rating: 4/5 Stars