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In Mus White's skillful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's folk story, There Is No Doubt About it, the news that a hen has lost a feather grows into a tale of five chickens engaged in battle as the story spreads from coop to coop. Stefan Czernecki's bright primary illustrations and panel design reflect the comic boldness with which each chicken passes along the story, until it is no longer recognizable to the hen who started it all.

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Overview

In Mus White's skillful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's folk story, There Is No Doubt About it, the news that a hen has lost a feather grows into a tale of five chickens engaged in battle as the story spreads from coop to coop. Stefan Czernecki's bright primary illustrations and panel design reflect the comic boldness with which each chicken passes along the story, until it is no longer recognizable to the hen who started it all.

When a chicken who has accidentally lost a feather jokes that she looks more gorgeous the more she plucks herself, her comment spreads throughout the coop and town and takes on a life of its own.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In 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.
—Laura Ruttig
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-A shrewd observation of human nature, this tale combines elements of "Chicken Little" and the game of Telephone. After a chicken loses a feather while grooming herself, she notes aloud how her plucking has contributed to her beauty. The tongue-in-cheek narration, which is amusing in its modernity, describes how the comment is seized and passed along, becoming ever more dramatic as it travels. Overheard by Mama Owl, the tale is relayed to the pigeon house, crowed by the rooster, picked up by the bats, and finally returned to the original coop. In its final form, it features five chickens, madly plucking "to prove which one of them wasted away the most because of their love for the rooster." The bold, flat acrylic images, outlined in black, are presented in framed sequences that vary in size and frequency. This design suggests a newsreel or newspaper account. Key phrases are enlarged and printed in white against the vivid backgrounds, furthering the effect. One of Andersen's lesser-known works, the tale last appeared as It's Perfectly True! (Holiday, 1988; o.p.), illustrated by Janet Stevens. Children in the primary grades are just the right age to understand the effects of gossip and to learn to question what they hear and read. Either version provides a memorable vehicle for that message.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The hens who overhear a chicken's innocent remark about losing a feather-and then pass the information on from one bird to another-do not recognize their own tale as, in true "telephone" fashion, it evolves into a story about how five lovesick hens killed themselves by plucking out all of their feathers and then pecking each other. "Spread the news!" Sadly, this retelling of Andersen's "There Is No Doubt About It" falls far short of Janet Stevens's touchstone but out-of-print version: It's Perfectly True (1988). The cliches and asides used throughout the retelling are distracting, taking away from, rather than adding to the progression. Large font emphasizes some of the dialogue, but the placement and design of the layout seem disjointed and forced. Czernecki's bold and vividly colored graphics are definitely attention-grabbing, but not enough so to redeem the retelling. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874837421
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.18 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
Reared in poverty, Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen created more than 200 folk and fairy tales beloved by countless generations of children -- and adults.

Biography

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark, to a poor family. He left home as a 14-year-old to seek his fortune at the theatre in Copenhagen. Andersen began writing plays and poetry before he left for Copenhagen, but it was not until 1835 that he published the first of the fairytales that would bring him international renown. Since then, his over 200 fairytales have enjoyed undiminished popularity, providing the basis for favorite American interpretations such as Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Biography courtesy of HarperCollins

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 2, 1805
    2. Place of Birth:
      Odense, Denmark
    1. Date of Death:
      August 4, 1875
    2. Place of Death:
      Copenhagen, Denmark

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