Hattie and the Fox

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I can see a nose and two eyes in the bushes!" cries Hattie.
But nobody is listening.
"I can see a nose, two eyes, two ears, two legs, and a body in the bushes!" cries Hattie.
But no one is paying a bit of attention.
Not goose. Not pig. Not horse. Not cow.
She tries again ...

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I can see a nose and two eyes in the bushes!" cries Hattie.
But nobody is listening.
"I can see a nose, two eyes, two ears, two legs, and a body in the bushes!" cries Hattie.
But no one is paying a bit of attention.
Not goose. Not pig. Not horse. Not cow.
She tries again and again to warn her friends of danger, but nobody listens to Hattie.
That is, until they all realize that what Hattie is saying is true!

Hattie, a big black hen, discovers a fox in the bushes, which creates varying reactions in the other barnyard animals.

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"Goodness gracious me!" exclaims Hattie, a splendid black hen, "I can see a nose in the bushes!" The other animals in the yard only answer with boredom and disdain. Hattie continues to warn the others as, bit by bit, a fox emerges. When it pounces, Hattie flies up a tree, but all the other animals are thrown in confusion--except the cow, who gives such a mighty MOO! that the fox is frightened away. The animals' languid indifference and the silly illustrations make this an extremely enjoyable read-aloud.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A hen warns her apathetic colleagues of a fox; according to PW , ``Fox builds the suspense in this cumulative tale with precise pacing. Mullins uses tissue-paper collage to create an unusual effect, both fuzzy and comic.'' Ages 4-7. Sept.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Mullins' collage style creates large, expressive figures that complement Fox's text, which rely on repetition of key elements to build drama and enhance beginning reading skills. Be prepared for a surprise ending! 1992 orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Hattie the Hen announces that she sees a nose in the bushes, to which her barnyard friends respond: ``Good grief!'' ``Well, well!'' ``Who cares?'' ``So what?'' and ``What next?'' What's next are the eyes, ears, legs, and body of a hungry fox. The fox lunges, Hattie flies, and the goose, pig, sheep, and horse panic. But the cow moos so loudly that the fox is frightened away. Bright, whimsical tissue collage and crayon illustrations add zest to this simple cumulative tale, and reveal more action than is expressed by the text alone. The repetition of the urbane animals' responses creates a rhythm which is energized by the fox' arrival. Hattie and the Fox combines a refreshing visual presentation with a classic form to make a terrific choice for reading aloud to very young children, or for those just beginning to read on their own. Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689716119
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 9/30/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 178,049
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.96 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Mem Fox is an educator and international literacy expert, and her many acclaimed picture books for young children include Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!; Hello Baby!; Baby Bedtime; the bestselling modern classics Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Time for Bed; and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Visit her at MemFox.net.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Perfect for the Preschooler

    I used this book extensively when I taught preschool. Now retired, I will put this book in my two and a half year old grandson's Easter basket. Mem Fox is a fantastic author employing repetition and drama to enchant the listener. When Hattie the Hen sees two eyes in the bushes, each farmyard animal responds with a shout. I cannot wait to share it with my grandson!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    What Hattie Saw

    Hattie does not want to get eaten. She looks and looks and when she sees the Fox flys up in a tree. The cow said 'moo' and scared the fox away. The ending was funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    Read it again!

    If you're searching for a read aloud that kids will love, add this title to your list. I have it in a big book format which had my first graders chiming in on the first reading. Kids love the excitement of the fox slowly emerging as the animals ignore Hattie. I had to find small copies for the reading center. Especially good for changing voice and expression for each animal and assigning one to readers. Repetitive text insures quick fluency. Shared reading for the first grade classroom at its best!

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