Hen Hears Gossip

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Hen hears Pig whisper a secret to Cow ("Psst. Psst. Psst."),
and in no time at all Hen tells Duck ("Psst. Psst. Psst.")
who tells Goose ("Psst. Psst. Psst.")
who tells Turkey ("Psst. Psst. Psst.")
who tells Hen ("Psst. Psst. Psst.")
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Overview

Hen hears Pig whisper a secret to Cow ("Psst. Psst. Psst."),
and in no time at all Hen tells Duck ("Psst. Psst. Psst.")
who tells Goose ("Psst. Psst. Psst.")
who tells Turkey ("Psst. Psst. Psst.")
who tells Hen ("Psst. Psst. Psst.")
something not so nice about Hen herself.
"Whhaat?"

Hen is outraged. She's got to figure out who's behind the rumor. But will she discover even more than she bargained for?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-K- When Hen overhears a conversation between Pig and Cow, she can't wait to tell her friends. But she gets it all confused as she passes it on to Duck, and he muddles it even more as he passes it on to Goose, who tangles the tale again when passing it on to Turkey. So by the time Turkey returns to Hen, there's a very different story from the one she started. "Hen! Hen! You're lazy, fat, and ate all the corn." Poor Hen is outraged and as she and her friends untangle the tale, they discover the real news from Cow. "My baby calf was born!" Preschoolers will chuckle at the silliness surrounding this game of telephone, even if the joke becomes a bit strained when Cow's real news becomes jumbled again, even though all four friends are standing together. The inventive paper collage and mixed-media illustrations show the characters that inhabit this child-friendly story. Perspectives vary on the different animals to create a sense of moving about the farmyard from page to page. This seems like the perfect toddler book, were it not for the choice of the word "gossip," seemingly a difficult word for preschoolers to understand. It's only used twice: in the title and on the first page. But it's enough to put a damper on an otherwise delightful book.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Hen hears a juicy bit of gossip in the barnyard and can't wait to tell someone. Of course, as each animal tells another, the information becomes more and more distorted. When the story makes its rounds and comes back to Hen, she discovers that it is now being said that she is "lazy, fat, and ate all the corn." Determined to prove her innocence, she works with the other animals to check out the veracity of each variation. Even the attempts to set the record straight get everyone mixed up. McDonald has a light touch, employing language that is simple and direct, and the bits of transmogrifying gossip are delightfully absurd. Kim's mixed-media illustrations take the form of bright, childlike and appropriately goofy cartoons that incorporate lots of eye-catching patterns and designs, and even a hidden message. This gentle lesson about the insidious nature of gossip will be understood by all but the very youngest readers, who can enjoy it just for fun. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061138768
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/22/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 860,052
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald is the author of the Judy Moody books, which were New York Times bestsellers. Her picture books, including Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs!, the Reading Rainbow Book Is This a House for Hermit Crab?, and Insects Are My Life, are enormously popular. She lives in Sebastopol, California.

Joung Un Kim is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has illustrated children's books ranging from young picture books to beginning readers, including Wings Across the Moon, Sumi's First Day of School Ever, and Duck Song. She lives in Anaheim, California.

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