'A very special little book' Lisa See, author of the New York Times bestseller Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
'Sun-mi Hwang's lovely The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a novel uniquely poised at the nexus of fable, philosophy, children's literature, and nature writing' Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestseller The Orphan Master's Son
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 individuality and motherhood, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly has captivated millions of readers in Korea. Now the novel is making its way around the world, where it has the potential to inspire generations of readers the way Jonathan Livingston Seagull or The Alchemist have. And with Nomoco's evocative illustrations throughout, this first English- language edition beautifully captures the journey of an unforgettable character in world literature.
"An adroit allegory about life..in the vein of classics like Charlotte's Web and Jonathan Livinvston Seagull...A subtle morality tale that will appeal to readers of all ages." Kirkus Review "A simply told but absorbing fable...Spare but evocative line drawing...add to the subtle charm." Publishers Weekly "A very special little book. I absolutely loved it, and I find myself still thinking about Sprout. She embodies all the best characteristics of deep-hearted mother-love: loyalty, sacrifice and courage." Lisa See, author of the New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Shangai Girls
Sun-mi Hwang is a beloved writer in South Korea, where she has won many awards and published more than forty books enjoyed by adults and children alike. She lives in Seoul, South Korea.