Something Wonderful

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Little Hen isn’t a prizewinning White Leghorn like Lily. She’s not a celebrated Rhode Island Red like Gertie. She’s not a sleek Silver Lace like Biddie. She’s just a regular chicken, and she feels left out.
All that changes when a terrible storm hits the farm—and Little Hen shows everyone what it really means to be special.

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Overview

Little Hen isn’t a prizewinning White Leghorn like Lily. She’s not a celebrated Rhode Island Red like Gertie. She’s not a sleek Silver Lace like Biddie. She’s just a regular chicken, and she feels left out.
All that changes when a terrible storm hits the farm—and Little Hen shows everyone what it really means to be special.

The prize-winning hens on the farm make fun of Little Hen for wanting to be special too, until one rainy day when she proves herself.

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Children's Literature
It would be so comforting to be a prize-winning special hen like all the others in her chicken house, Lilly thinks. Perhaps then they wouldn't tease her for being small and make fun of her for no reason, she dreams. Only the rooster, Arthur, and the farmer's wife, Mrs. Field, have faith in her. Lilly's chance comes one very hot night when the hens go into the woods to lay their eggs but then forget about them and return home. She follows her instincts through a "terrible storm" and a "great wind" and finally does indeed do "Something Wonderful." Boon's pictures are painted in primitive style and brilliant colors help shape the mood of the story, which should be a hit with youngsters struggling to find a place in the world. 2001, Harcourt, $16.00. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer:Judy Chernak
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PreS-K-Little Hen lives with four other hens, a rooster, a farmer, and his wife. The other chickens are fancy breeds and have all won prizes. When they inform Little Hen that she can't compete because she is too small and ordinary, she despairs. However, when the farmer's wife reminds her that even small animals can do great things, she resolves to do something special. On a very hot day, all of the hens go into the cool woods, lay their eggs, but forget them when it's time to return home. Little Hen stays with the eggs for days and through some wild weather. When they hatch, she proudly returns home with the chicks in tow. Youngsters will enjoy and identify with this story about one small animal's special gift. The large, vividly textured paintings nicely depict the chickens, their feathers, and the different textures and colors of the farmyard.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Little Hen does not think that she is special in any way until one day she decides that she will do "Something Wonderful." Little Hen is not an award-winning chicken of particular breeding. She is not particularly large or interesting, and the other chickens waste no time in reminding her of these shortcomings. The farmer's wife encourages her, saying, "Small creatures can do wonderful things. Look at spiders." One particularly hot day, all of the chickens go into the woods to cool off and nest. All the other chickens leave their eggs in the forest and return to the farm. Little Hen stays with the eggs through driving rain and terrible winds. Her perseverance is rewarded with the hatching of five young chicks. As she returns to the farm, the farmer and his wife run out to greet her and congratulate her on the wonderful thing that she has done. Brightly feathered chickens and a wonderful mix of layouts make the paintings that illustrate this tale come alive. The climactic hatching of the chicks is wonderfully rendered on a double-page spread, leaving the reader smiling along with Little Hen as her children are born. The larger-than-life chickens with their incredibly expressive faces would be enough to entice young readers, but this tale of victory by the ordinary is sure to become a favorite. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152164867
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/1901
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.77 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

JENNY NIMMO is the popular author of many picture books, short stories, and novels for children. She lives in Wales.

DEBBIE BOON has illustrated several picture books for children. She lives in Rutland, England.

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