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Four Hens and a Rooster Hardcover – October 8, 2005
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Kindergarten-Grade 4–Four chickens share a trough with a rooster and wonder why he has ample space while they are lined up cheek by jowl. When the hesitant hens finally question him, the chauvinistic fowl is outraged and further reduces the amount of food that they receive. Meanwhile, he is working on a mysterious project that is only conveyed using sophisticated visual clues. At times, the text is abrupt in its transitions. For example: We'll take a course in self-esteem faces a page that says, The hens were feeling dizzy when they got off the bus. The art that accompanies this spread is equally confusing. Otherwise, the illustrations are expressive, clearly delineated watercolors filled with funny details. Humor abounds in the art, but many youngsters are unlikely to understand the tension that mounts around this gender-related theme.–Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 2. When the small rooster in the barnyard turns into a bully and tries to take over all the space and all the food, the four hens try to be nice. When that doesn't work, they take a class in self-esteem and learn to stand up for their rights. The "strength training" jokes and the feminist fun may mean more to adults than kids, but the bright ink-and-watercolor illustrations in cartoon style manage to make the fowl seem almost human. The birds' body language tells a story that will make kids laugh at the self-important, bossy rooster, who refuses to know his place. Hazel Rochman
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We don't mind the woman's liberation theme, but the story is just too complicated and "adult", it seems. Too bad, since my little one's babicka in Czech Republic actually has a henyard herself, and two roosters.....(hen = slepice in Czech..)
The storytelling engineer might wish to explain to the little charges how the new and improved rooster was still not a great role model. Oh, well... Actually, the book might be used to discuss how families might be run in a more respectable manner.
Anyhow, the art gets a five and the story a three. Readers wishing to see more great art with an adequate story might wish to read Barbo Lindgren's book "Benny and the Binky," illustrated by Olof Landstrom.