BOOK REVIEW: Henrietta and The Golden Eggs

Henrietta and the Golden Eggs

Fantastic, pen-and-ink illustrations are a feature of this clever and humane little book. Henrietta is one of 3,333 chickens who call a factory egg farm warehouse home. Most of the chickens just endure the trod-upon toes and coughing from the bad air, but Henrietta is different. She has big plans for herself, and one of them is to lay a golden egg! But in order to make her mark on the world, she first must escape her unpleasant confines. She pecks a hole in the wall that enables each of those 3,333 hens to squeeze outside, one-by-one.

The farm manager is so upset that he demands every chicken captured and returned to the shed. After Henrietta leads them to escape twice more, the farmer finally learns the wisdom in listening to what the animals themselves want, and goes into the business of free-range eggs.

I believe this is the first time I’ve seen a factory chicken shed illustrated in a children’s book, and the artist does a fine job of conveying its vastness. The wonder of the outside world, in sharp contrast to the shed, is also illustrated brilliantly. Henrietta is a good way to introduce the concepts of factory farming and free-range farming, in a non-upsetting way youngsters can understand.

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