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The Chicken Gave it to Me Paperback – June 4, 2007

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Avidly, Gemma and Andrew pore over the extraordinary manuscript forced on him by a passing hen: ``The True Story of Harrowing Farm.'' The hen tells how little green men shoo her and her fellows from the cramped cages where they've been confined to lay eggs, uncomfortably, in public, then fit the cages to humans- -the species they prefer as food. Horrified to see people suffering as she used to, the hen stows away on the men's spaceship and becomes a TV celebrity on their planet, successfully pitching her plea: no one should eat an animal that isn't first allowed a happy life; anyway, grains and vegetables are more efficient foods. The message dominates; but Fine (My War with Goggle-Eyes, 1989) is an imaginative humorist who treats the gruesome reversal with a light touch. The satirical episodes of the hen's space adventure alternate with the kids' responses to it (incredulous, then concerned); meanwhile, Fine points out how humans keep uncomfortable truths (like conditions in chicken factories) concealed. Animal-rights advocates will be delighted; others can enjoy Fine's wry wit--and have their sensitivities enhanced. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"'a clever and biting social fable... wit and brilliance sparkle on every page' Junior Bookshelf; 'a terrific little book' Joanna Lumley 'Fine has a rare genius for building a funny, enriching and moving story around the nuts and bolts of school life' The Times * 'A remarkable writer' British Book News * 'Anne Fine is an author who knows how to make readers laugh' Guardian"

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd (June 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405233214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405233217
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,762,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on August 17, 2003
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This is a cute, yet thought-provoking little book about what would happen if the tables were turned on mankind. In this book, little, green men come from outer space to take humans back to their planet to eat! All of the humans lives depend on one small, stowaway hen, who thinks she is TOO small to make a difference, but in the end makes a REALLY big differance on the little green planet and their views of how "inferior" humans are.
This book, with it's large print, makes a great book for kids of all ages! It is, I think, a most inspiring book. It makes it very clear that no matter how small or differant you are you can make a difference in people's lives. (Even if you are a little chicken on a big, green planet!) --Courtney Kelly
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By Class 4C on May 7, 2014
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Read this to a class, 4 or 5 out of five. Liked the ending. Good messages, rhymes remembered.
A good moral to get us thinking about where our food comes from
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