Rosie's Walk

Rosie's Walk

by Pat Hutchins

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780020437505
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 08/01/1971
Series: Big Books Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 43,423
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Pat Hutchins is the author and illustrator of many popular picture books, including Rosie’s Walk; Good-Night, Owl!; Titch; and The Wind Blew, for which she won the Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in London, England.

Pat Hutchins is the author and illustrator of many popular picture books, including Rosie’s Walk; Good-Night, Owl!; Titch; and The Wind Blew, for which she won the Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in London, England.

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Rosie's Walk 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
irisdovie on LibraryThing 8 days ago
I found this book entertaining. It reminded me of a cartoon, especially the Roadrunner and Coyote stories and how the Coyote always gets foiled. I would use this in a toddler storytime at a public library. I would hope that the little kids could see what's on the verge of happening to Rosie. This has aspects of postmodernism in that the reader can see the whole story but not the hen or the fox.
shazam79 on LibraryThing 8 days ago
I had to really emphasize the pictures and have them help explain what happened to the fox each time, but they seemed to like the nice simple silly story.
psjones on LibraryThing 8 days ago
This book is great for interactive writing and I would use it for that purpose. It is the story of a hen and a fox . I feel that it is a good book for young students to read since they would be able to easily memorize it and feel confident in their reading skills while working on their writing skills afterward.
mayalanda on LibraryThing 8 days ago
The book is MUCH MUCH better than the scholastic video on the "chicka chicka boom" DVD. Don't miss this one, especially if your a fan of 1970's nostalgia.
delzey on LibraryThing 8 days ago
A Chicken, a fox, a handful of prepositions... and a lot more story than what's in the text! It might be fun to try and review a picture book using as many words as are in the text. To do that, I would have to stop the review right here. Some other time perhaps. Rosie the end leaves her protected hutch and goes for a walk, unaware of a fox who has his eyes set on an easy lunch. In a single opening spread we are introduced to a protagonist, an antagonist, a plot and a subplot, a location, and already a rising tension. Will Rosie make it home safely? How will the fox be foiled? So much tension! As the fox follows Rosie narrowly escape through a series of actions worthy of great Warner Brothers cartoons. The fox steps on a rake and is smashed in the face. He leaps and lands in a pond. As he lurks near the mill Rosie unknowingly sends a sack of flour onto the fox. Finally, due to a culmination of events, the fox has angered several hives worth of bees who run him off while Rosie happily, obliviously, returns home in time for dinner. Or was she really that oblivious? First, a little bit about the mechanics. Technically the book is one long sentence: Rosie the hen went for a walk, across the yard, around the pond, over the haystack, past the mill, through the fence, under the beehives, and got back in time for dinner.I've added the commas for reading clarity and to indicate page breaks, but the text does include only one capital letter and one period. And going by text alone you wouldn't think there was much of a story there, but this is what picture books are all about. The intermarriage of word and picture is what brings about the subplot, the unnamed and unmentioned fox who is stalking Rosie. The tension between the word and picture is echoed in the tension between what Rosie knows and what the reader knows. Really, this is more sophisticated than it appears on the surface. Now, as for Rosie, she spends the entire book strutting across the page with her head up and a carefree look on her face.... or is it? Could it be that Rosie is aware of the fox and is deliberately taking him for the walk? This is where a clever book rewards rereaders with a different experience. On the first pass readers worry about Rosie by completing or recombining the narrative to gain meaning; on the second pass the reader already knows what to expect from the story and they use the visual cues to recombine the narrative into a totally new meaning. Even if after ever page turn the young reader turns back to look for the clues they missed that lead to the action they've just experienced they are composing new meaning. The first time it's "Look out, Rosie!" and the next time it's "Look out, fox!" It would seem difficult to find fault with a picture book that does so much with so little, and yet, is it possible that the text is too long? Okay, so maybe we're entering crazyville here, but given that we don't need to be told she is being followed by a fox, do we need to know that Rosie is a hen? Look at the text above. If we remove "the hen" from the text nothing changes, and from the interplay between word and image it would still be clear which character the story was about. I'll grant, it's picking nits, but those two words constitute 1/16 of the text, so I want to be sure I understand their point and purpose. The answer is as easy as reading the book both ways out loud. The answer is flow. Grammatically the sentence-text if fine without "the hen" but reading it aloud gives the opening a clipped hiccup that utterly destroys the narrative flow. So while far too often it can seem like a simple text could be shortened (and sometimes by as much as 50%) here the two "extraneous" words satisfy our ear and allow us to feel the rhythm of the story just as quickly as the images and their interplay with the text gives us all the information we need to know about the story. So it is, that Rosie the hen leaves home and takes a heroes j
elpowers on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Very funny book- Rosie outsmarts the fox, which is shown in the pictures, not shared in the words.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing 8 days ago
A hen goes for a walk, unaware that a fox is following her.
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Excellent beginning reader with large and clear text. Very good for developing narrative skills as the illustrations and words show cause and effect so kids will be able to tell the story in their own words. A rich vocabulary builder with words like haystack, mill, beehives, fence and pond. If you love this book, you'll also love Mem Fox's "Hattie and the Fox"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used this book extensively when I taught preschool. Now I will put it in my two and a half year old grandson's Easter basket. Pat Hutchins is a wonderful writer and illustrator. This simple story is told with few words, some pages have no text at all allowing the child can tell the story. Hutchins uses directional words (under, over, through) to learn and even act out after reading. I cannot wait to share this with my grandson!
lucyqp More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book on the advice of a trusted youth librarian. Couldn't be better. When it came, my 4-year-old granddaughter was here. We read it together and it totally tickled her funny bone. She wanted to read it to everyone else here. Great book. I am making a farm quilt and Rosie will be walking all around the border, having her adventures.
homebetweenpages More than 1 year ago
This book is a delightful book to read aloud with young children because of the fantastic illustrations and the contradiction between the illustrations and the story. Rosie has no idea that the fox is following her, which we only learn from the illustrations. But we're rooting for Rosie the whole time. The illustrations are big and easy to follow and the story is great for discussion and interaction between child and parent. Hutchins has created a lively and exciting picture book that all ages can enjoy. The colors and shapes are also great for teaching to younger children who are in the process of learning and the bold lines are great for keeping their attention.