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Four Hens and a Rooster    by Lena Landstrom & Olof Landstrom order for
Four Hens and a Rooster
by Lena Landstrom
Order:  USA  Can
R&S, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Four hens (brown, beige, blond and red) live in a chicken yard, along with a busy little rooster. Each eats from a designated spot in the trough. But the hens wonder why the rooster's place is so much bigger. So they ask him.

Offended at hens thinking ('I'm the one who thinks around here!'), the rooster gets even more territorial, and begins to spend all his time controlling the hens, who end up with less and less food. So they take a self-esteem course, studying things like 'Feather fluffing and concentration.' They cluck back, get their fair share again, and the rooster returns to working on what really matters.

This allegorical tale of farmyard (and gender) politics has resonances with human societies, and will prompt all kinds of interesting discussion. Read about the funny Four Hens and a Rooster at home or in a classroom, and then talk about what it means together.

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