Book Preview: The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

the hen who dreamed she could flyThe Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly (2013), written by Sun-mi Hwang, translated by Kim Chi-Young, and illustrated by Nomoco, is a bestselling Korean fable now published in the US. The main character is a hen who calls herself Sprout. In this allegorical tale, Sprout is a caged laying hen who is unhappy with her life, and sees what she is missing in the barnyard that she can’t reach. The frustrated hen becomes so distressed that she is culled from the flock and cast off into the “Hole of Death.” Close to fading for good, Sprout overhears a wild mallard duck known as Straggler warn of a weasel on the prowl. The determined hen makes her way into the barn, where she is ignored. Together with Straggler and another duck, Sprout leaves the farm and they fend for themselves. Although Sprout finally achieves her goal of brooding an egg of her own, she realizes that the egg she inherited has produced a duckling that will grow up to lead a life of its own. This commentary on individuality, freedom, and destiny has been compared to Charlotte’s Web. It will appeal to a wide audience.


About Joan Marie Naszady

I am a learner, a teacher, and a naturalist who enjoys being creative!
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