The Resource Hungry hen, Richard Waring ; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

Hungry hen, Richard Waring ; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

Label
Hungry hen
Title
Hungry hen
Statement of responsibility
Richard Waring ; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A greedy fox watches a hungry hen growing bigger every day, knowing that the longer he waits to eat her, the bigger she will be
Award
Kentucky Bluegrass Award for Grades K-2, 2004.
Review
  • Ages 2-4. The story is simple and dramatic, with a perfect blend of words and pictures. A very hungry little hen “ate and ate and grew and grew and the more she ate, the more she grew.” A hungry fox watches her from the opposite page, waiting for her to grow fatter every day. Meanwhile, he’s getting hungrier and thinner. Finally, he can’t wait anymore. He races down the hill, through the farm, and into her house--and she gobbles him up. This is elemental storytelling, with tension rising until it’s almost unbearable, and then the great surprise. The art is beautiful, with big, bright, clear shapes of the rosy hen and the sneaky fox on backgrounds of handmade paper that evoke the bits and pieces of a farmyard floor. The very young audience won’t get the ironic reversals of the fox-hen storytelling tradition, but they’ll enjoy turning the pages as excitement builds to the standoff that transforms the prey into the winner. (Reviewed January 1, 2002) -- Hazel Rochman
  • K-Gr 2–A parable about greed. A steadily growing hen that is mightily fond of her feed is watched over by an increasingly hungry fox. "If I wait just one more day, the hen will be even bigger," he muses. His greedy eyes take in the chicken's increasing size and weight as he gets leaner and hungrier. However, this is no ordinary hen. Waring masterfully builds suspense with only a few well-chosen lines of text per page. Church's pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork on specially created papers features simple outlines and achieves maximum expression with minimal pen strokes. Close-ups of the hen as she eats and continues to expand emphasize her ballooning size and the contrast to the scrawny, expectant fox. A sudden change in font size combined with an abrupt halt to the pictures prepares readers for the surprising climax followed by the hen with the hint of a satisfied smile on her face. Chalk one up for the underdog; this hen has just expanded her daily diet.–Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX (Reviewed January 1, 2002) (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 1, p112)
  • Waring's droll debut picture book introduces a hungry little hen who "ate and ate, and grew and grew, and the more she ate, the more she grew." Day after day, an equally ravenous fox sits on a hill above the henhouse, surmising that the longer he waits to sneak down the hill (presumably to devour the hen), the bigger she will be. British artist Church plays with perspective to accentuate the hen's gradual enlargement and the fox's increasingly emaciated state as its ribs grow more prominent. When the seemingly sly creature finally makes his move, predator becomes prey as the now enormous hen gobbles up the now scrawny fox in a sudden, kid-pleasing about-face. With its relatively large type size, limited vocabulary and copious repetition, this straightforward narrative is just right for those beginning to read on their own, (e.g., "And so he waited and waited and waited, and the hen grew bigger and bigger, and the fox grew hungrier and hungrier, and thinner and thinner"). Church's spare artwork matches the text in its simplicity, with her bold palette and thick black line shown off against inventively textured backgrounds created on hand-made paper. A refreshingly understated caper. Ages 3-6. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 26, 2001) (Publishers Weekly, vol 248, issue 48, p60)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
117177
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Waring, Richard
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 3-6
  • 500L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • -1
Reading level
2.3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Church, Caroline
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Chickens
  • Foxes
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Hungry hen, Richard Waring ; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First HarperCollins edition.
Extent
28 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780066238807
Lccn
2001024044
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780066238807
Other physical details
color illustrations, color frontispiece
Label
Hungry hen, Richard Waring ; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First HarperCollins edition.
Extent
28 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780066238807
Lccn
2001024044
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780066238807
Other physical details
color illustrations, color frontispiece

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