Children’s Hour is a new feature here at Lucybird’s Book Blog every Thursday where I’m looking at children’s picture books. As I work in a nursery I get plenty of opportunities to look at picture books, and to see what the kids think of them so it really makes sense to use those experiences.
I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.
The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.
I first encountered Hungry Hen when I was based in pre-school. Somehow the book has managed to survive the whole 3 years I have been working at the nursery with very little damage! Possibly simply because toddlers don’t really understand about being careful with books while most of the pre-schoolers do. The best we get from the toddlers is them saying “It’s ripped, it’s ripped! We have to be kind to our books”. Anyway I pretty much loved Hungry Hen straight away. It’s funny. As far as storylines go it’s pretty basic. The Hen is very greedy, she eats and eats and grows and grows until she is so big that she can’t fit out of the door of her coup. While the hen is busy eating the fox is bidding his time. He really wants to eat the hen but knows that if he waits just one more day she will become even bigger. As the story unfolds the tension grows until the fox is running yo get the hen…and then the tension is broken with a humourous twist [highlight for spoiler]the hen eats the fox! I’ve read this story to both toddlers and pre-schoolers, and both groups enjoy it, just for different reasons. The toddlers get excited as the fox is running but don’t entirely get that the fox wants to eat the hen, whereas the pre-schoolers do understand that the fox will eat the hen, and that adds a different slat to the story for them.
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