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Publishers Weekly Review
Hattie the Hen lives on a farm with the goose, pig, sheep, horse and cow. One day she spots something suspicious in the bushes. She warns the other animals but they are apathetic. More and more of the thing reveals itself until Hattie realizes it's a fox. Her pronouncement turns apathy to frenzy; the cow's loud moo scares the fox away. The animals are so surprised that they remain silent. Readers hope that in the future, Hattie's words will be given more importance by the barnyard animals. Author Fox builds the suspense in this cumulative tale with precise pacing. Mullins uses tissue-paper collage and crayon to create an unusual effect, both fuzzy and comic. The animals whether watchful predator, the lethargic barnyard variety or an alert Hattieare wonderfully expressive and characterized. Ages 4-7. (March) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1 Hattie the Hen announces that she sees a nose in the bushes, to which her barnyard friends respond: ``Good grief!'' ``Well, well!'' ``Who cares?'' ``So what?'' and ``What next?'' What's next are the eyes, ears, legs, and body of a hungry fox. The fox lunges, Hattie flies, and the goose, pig, sheep, and horse panic. But the cow moos so loudly that the fox is frightened away. Bright, whimsical tissue collage and crayon illustrations add zest to this simple cumulative tale, and reveal more action than is expressed by the text alone. The repetition of the urbane animals' responses creates a rhythm which is energized by the fox' arrival. Hattie and the Fox combines a refreshing visual presentation with a classic form to make a terrific choice for reading aloud to very young children, or for those just beginning to read on their own. Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Ages 3-5. Hattie, a big black hen, looks in the bushes one morning and sees a nose. ``Good grief!'' says the goose. ``Well, well!'' says the pig. ``Who cares?'' says the sheep, and a couple of other animals put their two cents in as well. Next, it's the nose plus two eyes that Hattie spots, with the animals making the same comments. It takes Hattie a while, but pretty soon she realizes that the nose, eyes, legs, ears, and body she sees belong to a fox! That news moves the complacent animals, especially the cow who moos the fox right off the farm. This cumulative tale is intriguingly illustrated with Mullins' collage artwork. Using tissue paper and cont crayon, she has created engaging pictures that have the look of watercolors but with more dimension and depth. Pictures, simplicity, and length will make this a surefire story-hour hit. IC. Chickens Fiction / Foxes Fiction / Domestic animals Fiction [OCLC] 86-18849