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The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up [Paperback]

Jill Tomlinson , Paul Howard
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Book Description

4 Mar 2004

A heart-warming story by Jill Tomlinson about a hen with as much pluck as she has cluck!

Hilda is a small, speckled hen.And when Hilda makes up her mind, nothing can stop her. Hilda's auntie has just had a family of chicks, and she's determined to visit them. But how is Hilda going to travel the five miles to her auntie's farm? Filled with gentle humour and comfort, Jill Tomlinson’s animal stories have been enjoyed by children who want to snuggle down with a good read for decades. This edition is stunningly illustrated by Paul Howard, making The Hen Who Wouldn’t Give Up an even more enjoyable story for young readers.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; New Ed edition (4 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405210834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405210836
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jill Tomlinson never intended to be a writer. She trained as an opera singer, and then decided to have a family whilst her voice matured. But illness intervened, and she had to find another outlet for her energies. She started on a journalism course, and by the third lesson decided she wanted to write for children. So she did!

It did not come easily. Her first story, The Bus who went to Church, was rejected by sixteen publishers before it was accepted for a picture book. Several other picture books followed until she felt a need to stretch herself further. She wrote five short stories about a hen wanting to visit an aunt and her chicks, and Methuen thought that if she wrote another five stories on the same theme the book would fit well into their new 'Read Aloud' series. After many fierce arguments between Jill and her editor (recounted with relish and indignation to her bewildered family) the book we now know as The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up, came out, soon to be followed by The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home.

The next manuscript was produced in increasing physical difficulties, and had just been accepted when the cause of the difficulties was identified - multiple sclerosis. The book was The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. Thereafter every book was a battle. Writing became impossible. All her research - and each book about a young animal was meticulously researched - was done by the family in response to her persistent and often unanswerable questions. Not that you could guess all this from the finished product, where her sympathy and sense of humour overrides everything. Jill used to claim that she was unique in being an author who could neither read or write.

So long as she could speak clearly, Jill loved to read her stories to the children of friends and often, in her wheelchair, to classes in local schools. Her 'eek' when reading the Owl was something to be remembered! She said that stories about young animals could go straight to the emotional needs of young children, bypassing all barriers of class or colour.

Jill died, suddenly and unexpectedly, in hospital where she had gone for respite care whilst her husband was away from home. She was 45. But anyone who has read her books knows what she was like - bubbly and caring and irrepressible.

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About the Author

Jill Tomlinson never intended to be a writer. She trained as an opera singer, and then decided to have a family whilst her voice matured. But illness intervened, and she had to find another outlet for her energies. She started on a journalism course, and by the third lesson decided she wanted to write for children. So she did! She is most known for her stories, 'The Cat Who Wanted to Grow Up', 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark', 'The Gorilla Who Wanted to Grow Up', 'The Otter Who Wanted to Know', 'The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out' and 'The Aardvak Who Wasn't Sure'. Paul Howard is a very successful illustrator whose illustrations for the picture book of 'The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark' by Jill Tomlinson have been widely acclaimed. Paul lives in Belfast with his wife and three children. 'Bugville' was the first book Paul has written, followed by the sequel 'Trouble in Bugville'.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious story to keep all children entertained 24 Mar 2010
By Squeebles VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Vaguely remember this book from when I was a boy and was delighted to find it was still in print. Actually bought it for my niece who rarely gets books for her birthdays and I wanted something special for her.
Turns out it's now her favourite story. Her mother has to read it to her once a week. Will pick up the other books in the series for her Christmas present.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hen who wouldn't give up 7 Jan 2011
By Naomi
Format:Audio CD
This was a Stocking present for my 6 year old and he loved the story. They are well written and great for car journeys- highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 25 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
All of these stories are excellent. My 5 year old loves them to listen to at bedtime. They are beautifully told by Maureen Lipman. I definitely recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 18 Dec 2012
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got this for my seven year old, its a lovely book, perfect bedtime reading, good print size. I highly recomend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good story 6 Mar 2014
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I know this book of old, having used it in school, and am now giving it to the grandchildren. Good story, well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas stocking filler 27 Dec 2013
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a lovely looking book/story, I'm sure my 6 year old Grandaughter will love it, I have bought her a few other books by the author Jill Tomlinson which she loves
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