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Children's LiteratureIn this hilarious moral fairy tale from Hans Christian Andersen, the gossip travels faster than the feathers can fall, and the story gets blown way out of proportion. It all begins with a simple over-heard quote from a very respectable hen. "The more I pluck myself, the more gorgeous I look," she says, referring to one little feather that has fallen out. From there, the exaggerations grow larger and larger until one feather has turned into five bald chickens. Mocking society's tendency to believe the worst and to gossip about it far and wide, Andersen's story still feels fresh and amusing today. Czernecki's use of large blocks of color and strikingly simple illustrations soften the occasional harshness of Andersen's story, giving it instead a fun and friendly feel. The bright primary colors, combined with bold lines around simple shapes, complement the story perfectly by emphasizing the comic aspect of how small things can take on epic proportions, for sure, for sure! 2004, August House Publishers, Ages 5 to 8.