The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is South Korean writer Sun-mi Hwang’s most popular book. The book, which has been on the bestsellers list in Korea for a long time, has been adapted to a film, a play, a musical and a comic book, and has also been translated into many languages. I don’t know if you would think a chicken would win such a reputation, but Sprout is a great chicken!

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly - Sun-mi Hwang

Sprout, an amazing hen!

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly tells the story of Sprout. It is one of the chickens fed on the farm for her eggs. Every day she looks at a tree outside and dreams of an egg she can keep for herself. She gets excited when she thinks about growing a small chick. Since she is an extraordinary chicken, she will find her way out of the farm. She will make extraordinary friends that she can’t even imagine, and enemies she will try to escape.

This is a beautiful tale told through the animal kingdom. It was also fun to read about freedom, friendship, altruism, motherhood, society and the struggle for survival from a Korean writer. We are all the same despite all our differences. This is one of the books to be finished in one sitting. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Just because you are the same kind doesn’t mean you’re all one happy family. The important thing is to understand each other. That’s love!

Sun-mi Hwang

About the book: The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild―and to hatch an egg of her own. An anthem for individuality and motherhood, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly has captivated millions of readers in Korea. Now the novel is making its way around the world, where it has the potential to inspire generations of readers the way Jonathan Livingston Seagull or The Alchemist have. And with Nomoco’s evocative illustrations throughout, this first English-language edition beautifully captures the journey of an unforgettable character in world literature.

About the author: Sun-mi Hwang

Sun-mi Hwang is a beloved writer in South Korea, where she has won many awards and published more than forty books enjoyed by adults and children alike. She lives in Seoul, South Korea.  

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