The Paper Wagon

The Paper Wagon

by Martha Attema, Graham Ross
     
 

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The rooster has been kidnapped by the fox. What is the little hen to do? Go to the shed and build a paper wagon, that's what. With two Herculean mice in place of horses, the little hen heads for the fox's house deep in the forest. On the way, she is joined by a cat, a brick, a needle and a hairy spider, all desperate for a ride. Will they be able to complete the… See more details below

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The rooster has been kidnapped by the fox. What is the little hen to do? Go to the shed and build a paper wagon, that's what. With two Herculean mice in place of horses, the little hen heads for the fox's house deep in the forest. On the way, she is joined by a cat, a brick, a needle and a hairy spider, all desperate for a ride. Will they be able to complete the rescue?

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Children's Literature
In this absurd folktale from Friesland, a province of the Netherlands, a hen and a rooster are making soup when a fox comes along and carries off the rooster. The hen quests to save her rooster from the fox using an origami wagon with apples for wheels. An odd assortment of helpful companions join her as she travels to fox's house. The entourage includes some mice, a dull needle, a hairy spider, a fat cat, and a brick. All ride in the paper wagon. A plan is hatched, the rooster is rescued, and everyone enjoys the soup, even the fox. The story, though bizarre, is somewhat intriguing. Readers will want to know where this strange menagerie is headed. Unfortunately the writing is stilted and reminiscent of retold tales in old language arts textbooks. The pen-and-ink illustrations are similarly over-simplified with a few witty exceptions—the fox's coffee mug has the rebus message, "I ." which equals "I Love Chicken." Educators could use this mediocre tale as a distant cousin to "Little Red Hen" or as example of Dutch folklore, but it does not quite succeed as an intermediate independent reader. Part of the "Orca Echoes" series. 2005, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.
—Elaine Fultz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554697427
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Series:
Orca Echoes Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Lexile:
510L (what's this?)
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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At noon, they saw a hairy black spider at the side of the road.

The little hen pulled in the reins. "Halt! Stop!" she called.

The wagon stopped beside the spider.

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