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Rosie's Walk Paperback – August 1, 1971
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-- "The New York Times"
"A broadly humorous book for the very young."
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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 is...it 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My kids loved it, and now my 2-1/2 yo grandson requests it for nap time and bedtime. This board book edition is perfect...so glad it,wa s still available.Published 26 days ago by Joe and Lois
My daughter, 20 months, loves this book. She laughs out loud at the Fox and points out and names everything she sees. A short lovely book for new readers.Published 1 month ago by Mfa graduate and stay at home mom
This is a cute book and very useful in my preschool language sessions!Published 3 months ago by Marilyn Owens
The "violence" is silly things happening to the wolf while he tries to get Rosie, Consequences of being mean.Published 3 months ago by GAL
Bought to teach my first graders about prepositions. It is perfect.Published 5 months ago by Melissa Bosnic
Simple read for early readers. Not all that exciting so I elaborate.Published 7 months ago by Wendi R. Mccashen
The book is a little boring. The illustrations while detailed are not very attractive or charming. It did not hold my daughter's attention (she is almost 3 and loves reading... Read morePublished 9 months ago by S. Chandran