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Rosie's Walk

(Rosie #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  7,227 ratings  ·  417 reviews
Rosie the hen is enjoying a leisurely walk around the farm, but the stroll isn't nearly as pleasant for the fox who is trying -- unsuccessfully -- to navigate the obstacle course Rosie is unknowingly leading him through. ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 20th 2005 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1968)
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Ms. B
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, picture, 1990s, 2000s
A timeless classic that was great for teaching youngsters about prepositions and maps. After I would read this, the students and I would make a map of the places Rosie visits.
Rosie's Walk

I actually first heard about this book when I was watching it on “Weston Woods” which is a children’s programming company that turns classic children’s books into ten minute long cartoon shorts. “Rosie’s Walk” is a children’s book by Pat Hutchins and it is about the wacky adventures of Rosie the Hen and the fox that is trying to catch her. “Rosie’s Walk” is truly a brilliant and hilarious book that many children will love for many years!

This was the first book that I have read from Pat Hutchins
A book that I doubt will ever loose its sense of originality and delight. It is, for me, the perfect picturebook and one that set a precedent for all that followed. It's amazing to think it's over 50 years old.

Simple enough to the early reader, we watch as Rosie takes a stroll through the yard. As she does, she is pursued by a broad-eared fox who fails each time we turn the page to capture her. Does Rosie know what's happening or is she oblivious to the fox's constant attempts to eat her? Well,
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
So much fun! This is really all about the illustrations as there are only a very few words and it could really be told without them--which I mean as a compliment because the illustrations are wonderfully expressive and interesting. As the sly fox slinks after Rosie the chicken on her walk, he comes to realize that maybe she is even MORE sly as she leads him through a series of natural booby-traps which she manages to skillfully avoid. It's like a more refined Roadrunner and Wylie Coyote! ;-> ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved how the drawings in this book were so 70 ties inspired, from color to motive. A fun book to watch on how the chicken stays save the whole time, making it seem that the fox is dumb in all of this. Beautiful colors!

This book is in the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up challenge I am doing.
Lyn Elliott
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, favorites
I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve read and relished this book aloud to small children.
It’s one of my all-time favourites.
I love the rhythm of the words:
Rosie the hen went for a walk.
Across the yard.
Round the pond.
Over the haystack
Past the mill
Through the fence
Under the beehives
and got back in time for a dinner.

I find myself tapping out the timing of her walk as I read and then we look at the pictures of Rosie walking sedately, oblivious of the fox tracking her but meeting di
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
We got a themed box of books from the library about Farms and this was one of the books. Most of these books from the box, although labeled for grade K, are really a little boring for my 5 yr old, but he's already doing first grade work, so it might depend on your level of your reader. My twin 3 yr old's loved this though. About 10 words in the entire book, it's really more about the story that the pictures tell, about Rosie the Hen's walk around the farm with a fox chasing right behind her. The ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a book that has only 32 words within its covers, this is delightful. Pat Hutchins' lovely story is enhanced by her superb period illustrations (1968) which could, indeed, tell the story without any words at all. But the reader can enjoy both words and pictures.

Rosie the hen sets off for a walk around the farm where she lives. Unknowing to her a crafty fox is following in her footsteps and is getting ready to pounce. Fortunately for Rosie, who is thoroughly enjoying her walk around her domain
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
The book discusses the constant struggle between the good and the evil. What is particularly interesting, the book mixes traditional conventions and we are no longer sure who is the "good" one and who is the "bad" one. Follow: although Rosie is an eponymous character, she can hardly be perceived as a protagonist, as she literary does nothing. She just walks, and walks, and walks. She merely exists. Her character may, of course, be understood as an exemplification of a "homo viator" motif, that's ...more
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One of my favorite childhood stories :)
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Beautiful illustrations
Niamh Griffin
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins is an excellent illustrated book that tells the story of Rosie the hen that goes for a walk around the farmyard before having dinner. In this particular book the illustrations nearly tell more than the words as they introduce the character of the fox that follows Rosie along her walk and attempts to pounce on her. Instead undergoes a series of mishaps in his attempts which are illustrated humorously from beginning to end. The text and illustrations give an account of ...more
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is all about the pictures—the words are sparse and not integral to the story. Rosie the hen goes for a walk, and the fox following her always manages to get hurt in places that she stays safe. Does Rosie do it on purpose, or is it just luck? You decide.

I love the stylized illustrations from 1968.
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lovely book for Early Years depicting the journey of Rosie the hen. It is also lovely because the stroy focuses on Rosie but the story itself has another character who is only shown in picture. This leads itself to asking questions about this character. Group reading would be a very good time to use this book.
A timeless picture book classic about a hen who is oblivious to the antics of a fox stalking her. With minimal text and simple, yet lovely geometric patterned pen and ink illustrations, there is much to observe. The cause and effect humor of the fox's walk makes this an enjoyable preschool concept book. ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Simple & Humorous Picture-Books
Recommended to Abigail by: Kathryn
This humorous little picture-book, which relies on the contrast between text and image to produce its effect, follows Rosie the red hen as she sets out for a walk around the farm. The extremely brief narrative - the entire story is told in a single sentence - is calm and matter-of-fact, little more than a recitation of Rosie's itinerary. The illustrations, on the other hand, are colorful and exciting, depicting a sly fox on the hunt - for Rosie! Unfortunately, or fortunately (as the case may be) ...more
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rosie’s Walk is a great children’s picture book, I really enjoyed it. I admit it is a book that I had not read previously, but after hearing from a colleague of how awlful it was I had to read it for myself. After reading the booK I beg to differ, it is a fantastic children’s book.

I read this book to my daughter, and after using probing questions such as: ‘look at the hen, what is he doing?’ she followed each page curiously, as she said, “mummy the fox is trying to eat him” Once she realised the
A G-rated version of Tom and Jerry.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first time reading Rosie’s Walk I was not very impressed. There are very few words and I didn’t feel like a child would be too engaged in the book, but after reading it a second time and thinking of ideas to make it better, I thought that when reading the book if you made noises to go along with what’s being said it may enhance the walk and make the story better as a whole. So for a third time reading it, I decided to read the story out loud, making noises when the fox had an accident, and f ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I have to admit that my feelings about “Rosie’s Walk” by Pat Hutchins were highly conflicting at first, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, considering I truly enjoyed both the artistic style of the pictures and the story they were meant to convey (which, by the way, unfolds in a pretty dynamic and humorous manner - bound to keep the readers intrigued). I started sifting through my mind and memory and then it struck me – it’s “Tom and Jerry” all over again, but, at least in my case, even m ...more
Lucy Watts
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pat Hutchins' picture book lets readers follow Rosie, the hen of the title, all around the farm where she lives. The illustrations are wonderfully bold, and at the same time full of details which children like to take time looking at and pointing out. The text of the book is quite simple for young children to grasp, and consists of short sentences which practise prepositions such as across, over, around, through, etc. Good as the text and illustrations are on their own, the real genius of the bo ...more
Anna Nesterovich
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
A cute little book for cute little kids. It was fun to read a book with 32 words on 32 pages (no, not one word per page). The illustrations are also hilarious, even though I don't usually like this style. The unusual side of the book is the lack of descriptions. The few words that are there don't really tell the story, unless you are looking at the pictures. Or rather, they tell the story how it's seen from Rosie's point of view, which doesn't really correspond with what really happened. Thus, a ...more
Tharema Alim
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book when working with a nursery class and the children really enjoyed the story. It has simple sentences and colourful illustrations to go with it which the children love. After a few times the book has been read to the children they start to pick up on most of the sentences such as "past the mill", "over the haycock" which enables them to join in with the story.

A activity I did with the children that they really enjoyed was a role play, where I got half the children to be the foxes
Rosie the hen leaves the chicken coop and sets out for a little walk. A fox follows behind her, but cannot catch her as she leads him into one accident after another. Eventually Rosie returns to the coop just in time for dinner.

This is a great simple story for teaching positional words and mapping a story. Rosie, followed by a fox, goes ACROSS the yard, AROUND the pond, PAST the mill, THROUGH the fence, and UNDER the beehives. The fox, to the delight of the children, has one accident after anoth
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book for Toddlers, Preschoolers and on Up, May 27, 2005

My just-turned 3 year old son adores this book. We saw it first as one of the stories on the Scholastic video "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and after watching it numerous times I knew we needed to possess the book.

"Rosie's Walk" is essentially the tale of a sloe-eyed chicken that goes about her business in absolute ignorance of the pursuing fox and his travails.

Done in strikingly garish yellows, oranges a
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this simple text which is ideal and a must for first readers. The children absolutely love it. They follow Rosie on her walk through a pictorial map of the farm who is totally oblivious of the fox who is close behind. The children love the anticipation of what will happen next and what happens to the fox as he pursues Rosie. It can be used to teach young children directional vocabulary such as through, over, under amongst others. It has simple texts that children memorise quick ...more
Alternating pages with words and pages without words, makes this book easy to follow for new readers. Further, the illustrations match the main character's (the oblivious rooster) actions, helping to prompt the reader, followed by funny pictures of the hungry/mischievious fox getting himself into trouble, making the story fun to read. Little details in each illustration (a little snail by the side of the road, a bird in a tree or a little mouse in a haystack) make it fun to explore beyond the wo ...more
Sarah Brock
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very simple book about a hen that goes on a walk back to her hen house. The illustration shows a fox following the hen, but never discusses this within the text. This book is one that can be shown to the Early Years when talking about the farm, or going on walks, or flowing trails. If you have read this story to children a few times you could then translate it into a different language such as French or Spanish as there aren’t too many words within the text. This is a nice short book f ...more
I wasn't crazy about his one, it seems to straddle the fence. On one hand, it has directional language (under, across, in, around, etc.) that is too advanced for the very young children. For children who are old enough to begin to understand the directional language the story is lacking... only a few words per page, if that. I'm not sure why but the art didn't do anything for me either in spite of the fact that the artist used my favorite color palette. ...more
Lacey Louwagie
Only a few words, but really fun pictures. Loved the fox.
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Pat Hutchins is an English illustrator and writer of children's books.

She won the 1974 Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject. The work was The Wind Blew, a picture book in rhyme which she also wrote. It shows how "a crowd of people anxiously chase their belongings" in the wind.

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