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"A favorite nursery tale delightfully illustrated in strong line and color in Galdone's familiar and likable style." Booklist, ALA

About the Author

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1928. After finishing his studies at the Art Student League and the New York School of Industrial Design, Mr. Galdone worked in the art department of a major publishing house. There he was introduced to the process of bookmaking, an activity that was soon to become his lifelong career. Before his death in 1986, Mr. Galdone illustrated almost three hundred books, many of which he himself wrote or retold. He is fondly remembered for his contemporary style, bright earthy humor, and action-filled illustrations, which will continue to delight for generations to come.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: Paul Galdone Classics
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 17, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899192254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899192253
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Henny Penny by Paul Galdone is not your modern PC story and perhaps that is why it is on my enter-kindergartener's Summer Reading List.

Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, and the rest of the credulous crew are in the end, consumed by Foxy Loxy and his family. This last is the one addition that Galdone makes: a more personable approach to the fox. He was only feeding his family.

Henny Penny is an old classic fairytale. Like many old tales it contains lessons and opportunities to teach. Besides the lesson that one ought not to take things at face value, all of the names (Loxy Foxy, Goosey Loosey, etc.) rhyme which give the beginning reader the opportunity to see that names that are spelt similarly, sound similarly.

Buy this if you want the classic version for your child's library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com VINE VOICE on July 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Hungarian-born New York artist Paul Galdone created the definitive version of a famous children's tale. "Henny Penny," as presented here, is the one anyone in their mid-40s or younger will know.

The dramatic call "The sky is falling!" and the frantic gathering of friends to tell the king that some kind of barnyard armageddon has hit begins the story. Henny, not realizing an acorn bounced off her head, overreacts. Presuming the worst, she takes on the responsibility of being the bearer of bad news.

With bold brush strokes and rich colors, the classic adventure brings together the feathered friends of Cocky Locky, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey, Turkey Lurkey with Henny, and the very mischievous Foxy Loxy.

Paul Galdone's ample use of two-page spreads display the excitement as Henny meets one bird after another.

I fully recommend "Henny Penny" by Paul Galdone.

Anthony Trendl

editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
NOT to be confused with the tale of the little red hen. We�ve all heard, at one time or another, the tale of silly Henny Penny. Hit on the head by an acorn the silly chicken is convinced that the sky is falling. Running to tell the king she meets up with a range of different avian types until finally coming to crafty Foxy Loxy. This 1968 creation undoubtedly won many a supporter back in its day. A classic story, it deserved a classy set-up. Unfortunately, the book has not aged as well as it might have. Illustrator Paul Galdone�s story is a bit dull for a while, and then it suddenly becomes a little shocking at the end. In true fairy tale fashion, Foxy Loxy and his brood have a �fine feast� from their silly feathered friends. There�s nothing particularly gratuitous about this. You don�t see Henny Penny & Friends actually eaten. Nor are there any leftover remains when we view the parting shot of Foxy Loxy and his family. On the other hand, children who (for whatever reason) have grown attached to the silly birds aren�t going to enjoy the black page that simply reads, �From that day to this Turkey Lurkey, Goosey Loosey, Ducky Lucky, Cocky Locky, and Henny Penny have never been seen again�. I dunno. Maybe I�m being too modern. If the children of the late 1960s could take this book, shouldn�t we assume our kids can today?
Perhaps. On the other hand, there�s no getting around the fact that the book is (forgive me, but it is true) not particularly well illustrated. It�s not badly illustrated, mind you. Just the same, the pictures aren�t anything to crow about. They�re flat. Colored occasionally in red, green or yellow. The three color palette may suit some, but it does grow a little wearisome to the wandering eye.
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Format: Paperback
I've been teaching young children for years and this version of "Henny Penny" is a book I read again and again. Galdone tells the story simply and with rhythmic, repetitive language that holds children's attention as much as the story itself. Of course, children love to feel smart and they feel much smarter than Henny Penny, who thinks the sky is falling down! ("Only rain falls down," one child assured me.) The illustrations are lovely. I especially love the way Galdone keeps the traditional ending (the fox eats the unsuspecting animals) but turns it around, so the last image is the happy Fox family with lots of cute little fox children. Best of all, children love to repeat the funny rhyming names - they could read this book all day!
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By M. Heiss on October 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
We are tremendous fans of Paul Galdone -- including his "Three Fox Fables" and his "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." By getting right in close to the animals, his illustrations put your kids into the book.

This book is the basic fairy tale, exactly as you remember it, with the tragic ending of the birds who run "a-fowl" of their good sense and trust Foxy Loxy. Cute and well-sated fox family peers out at you from the last page.

So well done.

If you want to act this out, there is a great craft for making all the characters in a book called Crafts Favorite Children'S Sto (Crafts from your favorite Children's Stories) by Kathy Ross.
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By Myisha on October 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's a classic! Very good lesson learned. The repetition is awesome for beginning readers! My son loves the name rhyming
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By Tammy B on August 30, 2012
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I bought this book because my mother read it to me as a child and I wanted to be able to share the story with my baby. This is a great little story for children of any age! As always, Amazon had great service and the book arrived before it was actually scheduled to be here! I was happy with my purchase as well as Amazon's service!
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