For the Chicken Lover in all of Us

The Pick: The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

The Plot: Sprout the hen does nothing but lay eggs in her tiny wire cage. She gazes out on the barnyard and desires only one thing: to lay an egg and hatch it. One day her dreams and reality collide and take her on a path she never expected.

The Pros and Cons: When a friend recommended this book for my #30inNovember personal challenge, I didn’t do any research, I simply added it to my list. I’m kind of glad I came into the experience with no expectations.

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly delighted and surprised me. Who knew the life of a Korean chicken could be so insightful?! Fear and bravery, humility and pride, being outcast and fitting in, are all themes explored in this little novel through the eyes of a chicken who named herself Sprout. A beautiful book that I highly recommend. Beware, however, I had a flashback to my love/hate relationship with Old Yeller, and Where the Red Fern Grows. Perhaps you know what I’m talking about! (Oh dear, maybe you don’t know what I’m talking about… Just… Just have tissues on hand.)

The Perfect Gift For: Chicken lovers and fans of tales similar to Aesop’s Fables.

Bonus Quote:

Sprout was the best name in the world. A sprout grew into a leaf and embraced the wind and the sun before falling and rotting and turning into mulch for bringing fragrant flowers into bloom. Sprout wanted to do something with her life, just like the sprouts on the acacia tree.

Andrea ChristensonComment