The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly- Hwang Sun-mi

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge (via netgalley) in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis (from amazon)

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.


I liked this little story quite a lot. It’s simple, but quite beautiful. It reminded me somewhat of a fairytale, and it is based on a Korean folk story which I suppose fits with that.

I found that there were a few moments throughout where I really felt for Sprout. When she was in the hen shed and was looking outside and imagining what her life could be. There was an element of hope, and dreaminess which people can see in their own lives.

Then there was when she had her ‘chick’. It was almost like she should be a mother. She was very protective, maybe too protective at times. What she didn’t know was sad, and what she did know was sad too. But there was an overwhelming aura of hope.

This is a book I recommended for those I wrote to for the Holiday Card Exchange. It’s just perfect for curling up with on a cold, dark, winter’s night.


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Paperback (£8.87)

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4 responses to “The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly- Hwang Sun-mi

  1. It sounds really sweet. Thanks for the recommendation!


  2. You’re welcome 🙂 Thanks for the card from you too


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