Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Pages: 134 Pages
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.
Thank you to Oneworld Publications for sending me a copy of the novel to read and review.
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is simply beautiful and I loved it, a lot. For such a short story it’s packed with a host of emotion and it’ll definitely leave you with tear once you’ve finished reading.
Sprout is a caged hen and wants to be free and most of all she wants to be a Mother. The eggs she is laying are nothing short of useless and she’s sad that she cannot produce a lovely little chick. Luckily, one random day, she is set free from a life of slavery and is able to roam the land and be as normal as any hen can be.
When Sprout is set free I think I cried out in joy because no animal should be kept prisoner and more so to produce eggs for humans to eat. I know, I know, hypocrite Clare, but it’s true I don’t want to eat something that’s been produced by an animal that is in pain or sad – I always buy free range and organic where possible and in reality, I eat little meat anyway.
During her time roaming free Sprout finds an egg and takes it upon herself to mother it and keep it warm. When the egg hatches it turns out to be a Duck, but that doesn’t make it any different for Sprout she still looks after the little thing. The duck, who Sprout names Baby, form a mother and son relationship and both care for each other dearly. It made you realise that it doesn’t matter who you are, someone will always love you. Sprout would never be a Mother herself and being able to Mother Baby made her life complete.
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is short and emotional, but something everyone should read.