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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company; Library Binding edition (April 1, 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027458504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0153021138
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"This clever book teaches children how to read the different meanings conveyed by words and pictures, and how to make sense of a story for themselves." -- Anthony Browne S Magazine, Sunday Express "The highly patterned red, orange and yellow graphics are as fresh and funny as they were in 1968 and will make 2-4s scream with laughter" The Times "The pictures tell an action packed story full of drama and surprise" -- Julia Eccleshere Guardian "This marvellous, perfect, utterly simple book has achieved iconic status, a true classic" Carousel "All young children will enjoy the tale of Rosie the hen and her walk around the farm followed by a hungry but thankfully hapless fox" Sunday Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Fox is after Rosie, but Rosie doesn't know it. Unwittingly, she leads him into one disaster after other, each funnier than the last. To enjoy Rosie's walk as much as Rosie, does, just look inside!END

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The story is simple and the pictures are clever.
I recommend this book for all kids, but especially for those who love animals.
The pictures help tell the story so the child can learn the words.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Vincent on September 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Shopping for a book for the 2yo child of a friend, I was delighted to find this long-time favorite of my own children is still in print. Picture-heavy, at the expense of words, the book is best suited for kids from 2-5, not for those who can read.
Rosie is a rather clueless chicken who leaves the coop to take a little stroll. Waiting for her is the proverbial fox, but every time he makes his move, some mishap unwittingly initiated by Rosie puts him out of commission. Rosie wanders on, completely unaware of the mayhem left in her wake - and gets back to the chicken coop none the worse for wear. The fox, on the other hand, probably thinks switching to vegetarianism might be a good idea.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
A staple of humorous stories for years has been the idea of the oblivious protagonist. How many cartoons have you watched where the well meaning but bumbling hero comes within a hair's breath of death as some watchful soul (either someone who wants to hurt our hero or help them) accidentally falls into madcap trap after trap after trap? Tons. After all, it's funny stuff. Well "Rosie's Walk" ascribed to that idea way back in 1968 when it was first published. The tale of blithe Rosie and the doe eyed fox that wants to eat her is as old as the hills and still just as funny.

Rosie decides one day to go for a walk. As she does so a hungry fox gets wind of the plump little hen and decides to pounce upon her for his (her?) supper. Rosie takes no notice of this impending danger, and the book is simply a series of vignettes of chicken and fox locked in that eternal conflict of hunter and prey. The text, such as it is, is very simple. It never makes a single mention of the fox, choosing to only describe Rosie's walk. In fact, one could write the entire book out in a single sentence since there are only 32 words in total. It is a deceptively simple book.

So what makes this such a fabulous story? Well, what Pat Hutchins overdoes in brevity, she makes up for with some of the most elaborate pen and ink drawings I've seen in a long time. Rosie, for one, is a joy. Her expression never changes for a moment. This hen is oblivious to not only the fox, but also the world at large. She walks about with her eyes at half-mast wearing an expression of deep disinterest. If you happen to know a typical teenager, that teenager in chicken form would be Rosie. The fox, on the other hand, makes up for all the emotions that nonplussed Rosie lacks.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hi, I am a girl (of course). I am age 7. I think this is a great book for everyone because it's easy to understand and it's good that the author does that. It is neat too because Rosie the rooster is going for a walk and a fox is following her and when she walks, like around the pond, the fox falls in it and so on and so on. The cool thing is that like in one page Rosie walks across something then the next page there is no writing but it shows the bad thing that happened to the fox. It is interesting to me because I think the illustrations are neat. I'm not sure if Pat Hutchins did the illustrations too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Palasik VINE VOICE on January 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a speech-language pathologist and I like to use wordless (or almost wordless) books with my preschoolers sometimes to practice their speech sounds in a conversational context, as well as informally assess their sentence structure and story telling skills.

This book is an almost wordless picture book about Rosie the chicken taking a walk on the farm. However, a fox is following behind her, trying to "get" her, and Rosie is oblivious. Throughout the story, few words are used to describe what Rosie is doing. The words that are used are great concept words for preschoolers to learn (across, over, around).

My kids loved "reading" this book, telling the story, and keep asking for it again. I have not figured out exactly what the lure may be that bad things keep happening to the fox in his pursuit of Rosie, and they are funny. There is a flour mill in the book and flour falls on the fox (which shows the 1968 publication date) and my kids did not understand what that was (flour vs. flower). It made a nice teaching moment when I had flour available.

Excellent preschool book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
If I were forced to pick the 100 best children's books ever written or published, (and a very difficult task that would be,) it is very likely that this one would be on the list. It is almost the perfect book for the pre-reader and the young child. It would be very difficult to find anything to critical about from cover to cover.

This is a very simple (yet surprisingly sophisticated, from a humorous point of view) of a chicken by the name of Rosie. Rosie is probably one of the most clueless hens ever hatched. She takes a walk one day and is immediately stalked by a fox in search of a meal.

During the entire stroll the poor fox makes effort after effort to catch her and Rosie is completely oblivious to this fact. After each attempt we watch as the fox receives one comeuppance after another is a wonderfully hilarious way. The poor critter! At the end of the day is chased from the barnyard by a swarm of angry bees as Rosie goes into eat her dinner...still completely unaware of the numerous disasters she has unconsciously avoided all day.

The story is funny but I have to tell you that it is the art work here that, for me, is the real star of the show. The author has used just three colors throughout the book; orange, yellow and olive green. His use of shade and light is masterful. I myself paint a bit, and I have tried over and over again to copy this man's work and technique in reference to his colors and shades, and let me tell you, it is not easy!

The entire text here contains only thirty-one words but due to the illustrations the adult reader can spend quite a lot of time pointing different things out to the young listener and add bits here and there to the story.
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