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The two-million–copy bestselling modern fable from Korea that is winning hearts around the world

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 freedom, individuality, and motherhood featuring a plucky, spirited heroine who rebels against the tradition-bound world of the barnyard, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a novel of universal resonance that also opens a window on Korea, where it has captivated millions of readers. And with its array of animal characters—the hen, the duck, the rooster, the dog, the weasel—it calls to mind such classics in English as Animal Farm and Charlotte’s Web.

This first English-language edition of Sun-mi Hwang’s fable for our times beautifully captures the journey of an unforgettable character in world literature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A very special little book. I absolutely loved it, and I find myself still thinking about Sprout. She embodies all the best characteristics of deep-hearted mother-love: loyalty, sacrifice, and courage.”

    Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

  • “Sometimes the simplest character, expressed in the sparest prose, embarks upon life’s most heroic journey…Heart, determination, and empathy are the only skills Sprout needs to navigate this perilous passage in Sun-mi Hwang’s lovely The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, a novel uniquely poised at the nexus of fable, philosophy, children’s literature, and nature writing.” 

    Adam Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan Master’s Son

  • “Everything wonderful about the world is contained in this small gem of a novel, which brims with dream-fulfilling adventures and the longing that underlies love.”

    Kyung-sook Shin, New York Times bestselling author of Please Look After Mom

  • “[A] simply told but absorbing fable…Spare but evocative line drawings…add to the subtle charm.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Recalling Jonathan Livingston Seagull, this slim but powerful tale will resonate with readers of all ages, who can take it at face value or delve deeper into its meditations on living courageously and facing mortality…The English translation moves smoothly and straightforwardly and is aided by graceful black-and-white illustrations.”


  • “An adroit allegory about life…in the vein of classics like Charlotte’s Web and Jonathan Livingston Seagull…A subtle morality tale that will appeal to readers of all ages.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly breaks down the boundaries between the animal and the human and takes us on the intensely personal journey of a lonely hen whose simple, fierce desires guide her to surprising places. This entertaining and plaintive tale is South Korea’s Charlotte’s Web for youth and adults alike.”

    Krys Lee, author of Drifting House

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