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HENNY PENNY by Vivian French


by Vivian French & illustrated by Sophie Windham

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: July 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-58234-706-9
Publisher: Bloomsbury

The traditional tale gets a new—and happier—ending in this clever retelling. French directly addresses readers, telling them they may have heard the story about Henny Penny before, but that was the foxes’ version. This one is the truth. Both accounts are identical up to the point where the five fowl meet the fox on their way to tell the king the sky is falling. Since they do not know where he lives, the fox leads them . . . right to his den so they can share a meal. But clever Henny Penny sees feathers, bones, a pot of water and a single place-setting, and knows she must do something. Her clever solution allows the friends to escape safely, without harming the fox. The muted colors and textured feel to Windham’s artwork lends the illustrations a country feel that suits the text perfectly. A welcome addition to the fairy-tale genre. (Picture book. 3-7)