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Title:
Hattie and the fox
Author:
Fox, Mem, 1946-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : [Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers], 1987.

©1986
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 x 27 cm
Summary:
Hattie, a big black hen, discovers a fox in the bushes, which creates varying reactions in the other barnyard animals.
General Note:
Publisher imprint varies.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
BR 0 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 47955.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.4 1 Quiz: 05033 Guided reading level: I.
ISBN:
9780027354706
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Hattie the Hen spots danger -- but the goose and the pig and the sheep and the horse and the cow don't seem to care!
Young children will enjoy happy shivers of anticipation as this cumulative tale builds, and they'll be delighted by the final surprise, when everyone sees that what Hattie has been saying is true!


Author Notes

Mem Fox was born on March 5, 1946 in Melbourne, Australia. She attended a drama school in London. She returned to Australia where she was a college professor.

She writes children's books including Possum Magic, Night Noises, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Time for Bed, Koala Lou, Wombat Divine, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Hello Baby!, A Giraffe in the Bath (co-written with Olivia Rawson), Count Goats!, and The Little Dragon. She has also written several books for adults.

She has received numerous awards including the 1990 Dromkeen Medal for distinguished services to children's literature, a 1991 Advance Australia Award for her outstanding contribution to Australian literature, and a medal in the 1993 Australia Day Honours awards for services to the cultural life of Australia.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

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


Publisher's Weekly Review

A hen warns her apathetic colleagues of a fox; according to PW , ``Fox builds the suspense in this cumulative tale with precise pacing. Mullins uses tissue-paper collage to create an unusual effect, both fuzzy and comic.'' Ages 4-7. (Sept.) (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.


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