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The Fox and the Hen
     

The Fox and the Hen

by Eric Battut
 
Oh, no! Henrietta Hen laid her very first egg today—but sly Red Fox has tricked her into giving it to him!  And now he plans to gobble it all up.

But Henrietta doesn’t want her precious egg boiled, poached, scrambled, or fried.  Whatever will she do? Together, Henrietta and her friends on the farm hatch a cunning plan to fool Red Fox--and save

Overview

Oh, no! Henrietta Hen laid her very first egg today—but sly Red Fox has tricked her into giving it to him!  And now he plans to gobble it all up.

But Henrietta doesn’t want her precious egg boiled, poached, scrambled, or fried.  Whatever will she do? Together, Henrietta and her friends on the farm hatch a cunning plan to fool Red Fox--and save her egg from becoming an omelet. 

A wittily told tale, beautifully enhanced by Eric Battut’s charming and earthy illustrations.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Henrietta Hen lays her first egg and innocently trades it to Red Fox for a worm. The other farm animals quickly tell her that she must get her precious egg back and go with her to make the trade. Rabbit offers vegetable seeds, Goose has soft white feathers, and Goat provides delicious cheese. Each time Red Fox refuses and thinks of a new way to eat the egg. Sheep brings wool, Pig makes marmalade, and Cow offers milk—but still Red Fox refuses. Henrietta Hen finds an enormous stone that her friends paint white, and Red Fox eagerly trades her egg for this bigger one. When a little yellow chick hatches from Henrietta's egg, all are happy except for Red Fox, who waits impatiently beside a black pot for his giant hard-boiled egg. The animals are outlined in thick, black line and dabs of white highlight the vibrant red and orange palette. The farm background changes with each animal's visit to Red Fox and yet appears much the same, giving children a chance to spot the differences. With great economy, Battut gives each animal an expressive face and moves the story to a satisfying conclusion. The print size and word placement, as well as the simple vocabulary, make this a selection that children will want to read themselves. It's also a great choice for storytimes.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Publishers Weekly
French writer and illustrator Battut presents a sturdy barnyard fable about cooperation, featuring a fox who tricks a naïve hen out of her first egg. Fortunately, the other animals offer their support. And though Red Fox can't be cajoled into accepting any of their gifts in exchange for the egg (not even the “nice jar of marmalade that Pig has made”), justice is served when he's fooled by a gigantic whitewashed stone. Battut's work has the static, peaceful quality of classic tales from an earlier generation; the text appears against a white background, while on the opposing pages, flat, folk-style animals stand in profile against a reddening sky. The long sequence of attempts by the animals to get the egg back drags a little, but readers frustrated by the fox's particularly wicked refusals (he twists the knife by telling Henrietta that he'd rather have a poached egg, omelet, and so on, instead of whatever item is being offered) will enjoy watching him get his comeuppance. Ages 3–5. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781907152023
Publisher:
Boxer Books
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 12.60(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
AD610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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