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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

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A Korean Charlotte's Web

More than 2 million copies sold

 

This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an egg of her own.

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Paperback, 134 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Penguin Books (first published 2000)
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Rhonda I agree about reading it yourself. You don't say what age your daughter is and that is important. Its a lovely book and I would certainly recommend it…moreI agree about reading it yourself. You don't say what age your daughter is and that is important. Its a lovely book and I would certainly recommend it to my daughters when they were younger - and you as her parent will be able to pick up whether its suitably challenging or not for your daughter, which I assume the ratings are about?(less)

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Julie
Isn't it weird, how a book will sometimes speak to you from a book store or library, call your attention to it and demand that you take it home?

That's what happened with me and this skinny novel last week. I saw it in a book store, pictured the unread books in stacks next to my bed, and ignored it. But as I walked on by, the little hen on the cover called out my name.

I knew nothing about this book, other than it was translated into English from Korean lit. As I started it, I realized the pull wa
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Cecily
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A strange little book I picked up by mistake. A pleasant enough mistake, though.

It’s a Korean fable about dreams, identity/difference, courage, and what makes a mother. It may not be startlingly original or uniquely profound, but that’s part of its charm.

It could easily be a children’s book, though the beautiful, simple illustrations are perhaps too few for younger children.

Sprout is an aging hen in a coop, who longs to hatch an egg.

She esca
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Richard Derus
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Rating: 3* of five

The Publisher Says: This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an egg of her own.

An anthem for freedom, individuality and motherhood featuring a plucky, spirited heroine who rebels against the tradition-bound world of the barnyard, The Hen
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Chrissie
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am tempted to give this book five stars. The audio version is amazing. It should be listened to, not read! I believe it is the wonderful narration of the audiobook by Jill Larson that adds that little extra bit to make the reading experience amazing.

Please read the GR book description. It is excellent. I will only add a word or two.

This reads as a folktale. The animals talk. The reader is caught up in the story and never even considers the fantastical aspects of the tale. I exclaimed to my hu
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just couldn't put down this book!!!
Sad, fast paced yet inspiring!
***One of the best reads***

*Themes tackled in the plot:
Loss of child, grievance, adoption, survival

Beautifully crafted. Mesmerized. It kept me on the edge the entire time!
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Zanna
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: veg*ns, feminists
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is about freedom and the interconnectedness of life, demonstrating that rather than a freedom of ONE liberation involves autonomous participation in a community of living beings

The protagonist, a caged laying hen, has already committed her first act of rebellion at the opening of the story: she has carefully and lovingly observed an acacia tree through an unintentional gap in her enclosure and concluded that the SPROUT is the key to the cycle of life that the tr
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Helene Jeppesen
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a really cute story told from a hen's perspective. It's a story that deals with animals, but it's really about aspects of life that are really important and relevant; such as motherhood, bullying and protectiveness.
This book definitely provided me with a different reading experience since I was inside a hen's head. It was refreshing to read from this point of view, and I especially liked how I could still very much identify with this hen. Even though the story is about important topics
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Amanda
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a much beloved story from South Korea about an egg-laying hen named Sprout. Sprout dreams of nothing more than to roam free and be able to hatch an egg and care for a chick of her own. This allegory is often compared to Charlotte's Web. With a cast of memorable talking animals and themes including friendship, longing, unconditional love, and self-sacrifice, this delightful tale is worth the hour or two invested. ...more
Christine

One wonders if Aesop knew how much of good thing he had when he wrote his fables, that years and years later, that the idea of animal characters being used as allegory would still be current. Today, most people think of Animal Farm when discussing allegories using animals, but perhaps in later years it will be Animal Farm and the hen Sprout, the heroine of this charming and deeply moving tale.

While no doubt highly influenced by Korean culture, Sien-Ma Hwang’s story also draws on Western classi
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Paul
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Not the sort of thing I usually read, this is a parable/fable which can easily be read by adults or children with line drawings between each chapter. It is the story of a battery hen who has named herself Sprout who dreams of being free and being able to actually hatch an egg of her own. She looks out of her cage enviously at the animals who are free in the farmyard. Events combine so that Sprout does escape. She is not accepted in the hierarchical world of the farmyard because of where
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Diane S ☔
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 South Korean novelette that can be read as a morality tale, a fable, or a metaphor. I just know that I absolutely adore Sprout, she is one plucky chicken that goes against the established routines at the farm to fulfill her desires. Of course she has quite a bit of luck and quite a few trials. It is a wonderful story about a mother's unconditional love. Setting what you love free and doing what you think is in the child's best interest, above your own wants and desires.

Wonderful little stor
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Amber
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Just because you’re the same kind doesn’t mean you’re all one happy family. The important thing is to understand each
other. That’s love!"

A wonderful captivating allegory of life, love, sacrifice, courage, dreams and relationships. Simply love! ♥️
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adrianna
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect much from that book when I first picked it up, but it turned out to be such an important read. It is about one brave hen, a very brave one, who decides to make a big change in her life in order to fulfill her dream. It is safe to say that Sprout (that's the hen's name) is a true heroine.
This book is about motherhood, friendship, and love. It is about disappointments. And it is about being different. But above all, it is about courage and dedication.
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Vishy
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly' by Sun-Mi Hwang was highly recommended to me by two of my friends. I borrowed it from one of them and read it in one breath today.

Sprout is a hen who lives in a farm. She is reared for the eggs she lays. Her dream is to get out of the enclosure she is in, go and walk around the yard outside, lay eggs and watch chicks hatch out of them, and bring up her little ones. But the humans who keep her, take away her eggs, as soon as she lays them. One day she stops la
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Lori
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was a very lucky goodreads first reads winner of this sweet book. "The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly" by Sun-Mi Hwang. This book is from Korea and has sold over two million copies. It is getting ready to come to other countries. I can see why this sold so many copies. it is a very sweet story about a hen named Sprout. she lived on a farm and was used to lay eggs. After laying her last egg forthe farmers she was doomed to be sent off to her death. she survives and manages to escape. her only wi ...more
Mridula Gupta
The life of a parent (or someone who wants to be a parent) summed up in 90 odd pages (illustration and all). This short story is an allegory, for misfits who are bullied by the society for having different ideologies and appearances. Sprout, initially kept in a coop, rebels to find her way into the barn and then fosters a duck egg. Her journey from a hen with big dreams to an outcast and then a mother is incredibly powerful and inspiring.
alheyam
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it, being different, looking for freedom, dreaming for what you want and fighting to achieve them. It is a motivated and a gorgeous story ever.
Bibliovoracious
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lovely little parable. Sprout is an adorable heroine, an everychicken with a universal story.
Shubhhi Nigam
Everything about this book is beautiful - the story, the message it conveyed, the ending!
Sotiris Karaiskos
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairy tale that is not only addressed to children, I dare say that for the most part the things that the author is talking about could hardly be understood by younger readers. You see, without being an allegory, this story contains many messages on many important issues. The hen of our story was born to have a specific role on the farm, to have a specific position in the hierarchy imposed by strict rules. Things get complicated when she decides to do something different, to choose a different ...more
Jason
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, arcs
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Laced with a heavy emphasis on themes such as family, transition, adulthood, and death, this novel traces the life of a hen, her offspring, and the various life transitions speckled in between. This simple tale recalls previous works, including charlotte's Web, Love You Forever, as well as echos of primary themes often seen and explored in Haruki Murakami's work.

The downside of this novel is that it is overly literal in the way it explores these themes. Compared to the works listed ab
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Anoud
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 ⭐
This is the story of an egg laying hen who dreamed of nesting and hatching her own egg and to leave the chicken coop she lived in.
Sprout _ as she calls her self _ goes on an adventure after the farm owners decide they should cull her and she escapes by accident.

I think this is my first korean lit experience and I loved it.
it's a story about following your dreams and defeating the odds, love, parenting and friendship.
Believe it or not this chicken taught me so much 🤍

This reading rush is goin
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Aashruti K.c
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
Such a sweet , mesmerizing story.
Sookie
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sookie by: Muhammad Ahmed Siddiqui
Shelves: translated, novella
Sprout, the hen that wishes to raise its own egg for a change, is a champion for freedom, dreams and hopes. She chooses the name "Sprout" for herself because it represents growth, change and the tiny spark that grows a huge tree. She is incessantly hopeful about raising her own chick someday. She dreams of going outside the coop and the cage and live freely under the acacia tree.

Through Sprout the author explores the everyday struggles that many of us face. Be it loneliness, alienation among ou
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Salam Ch
"Just because you're the same kind doesn't mean you're all one happy family. The important thing is to understand each other. That's love!"

key words: unconditional love, courage, sacrifice .....yes it s motherhood !!!

you feel your heart is melting with love as you read from the first page to the last one ! <3
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Patricia
Feb 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
This heavy-handed allegory about motherhood, freedom, acceptance and death was far too blatant and dogmatic for my tastes, notwithstanding the fact that it is a "#1 International Bestseller." ...more
BookishDubai
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short, sweet and simple. A book for when you're sick and tired of human beings. ...more
Barry Welsh
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best-selling novelist Hwang Sun-mi, author of 'The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly', visited Seoul Book and Culture Club in February 2014.

The interpreter is the wonderful and amazing Ji Seun.
The moderator is Barry Welsh.

The venue was Seoul Global Cultural Center.

Watch here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c0mr...

Thanks to ktlit.com for recording the event.

The story of this little novel’s publication history is almost as endearing as the story of its hen protagonist who names herself ‘Sprout’ an
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Abbie | ab_reads
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is super sweet and super sad, translated from Korean by Chi-Young Kim. We meet Sprout, a plucky egg-laying chicken at the end of her egg-laying days. Normally this would spell out the end, but Sprout defies everything (including murderous weasels and discriminatory barn animals) and continues to thrive on her own. All her life she’s dreamed of hatching her own egg, and though this seems unlikelier than ever now, she’s determined not to give up.
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Though short, it’
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Lydia
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This was a charming little fable about a hen called Sprout, who just wants to escape her cage and hatch an egg of her own.

It follows themes of identity, motherhood, love, freedom, names, life, death, and nature. It could also be read as a reflection of human society and our systems of oppression. That makes it all sound quite serious and dull, but it's not. It's just charming. The characters are wonderful little creations and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

It's one to be read in one sitting if
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Hwang Sun-mi (born 1963) is a South Korean author and professor who is best known for her fable The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, which has also been made into a successful animated film in South Korea, Leafie, A Hen into the Wild.
She was Born in 1963, Hwang was unable to attend middle school due to poverty, but thanks to a teacher who gave her a key to a classroom, she could go to the school and
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