Sprout is a hen tired of laying eggs only to have them taken from her. She's confined to a coop with all the other laying hens until the day she's removed from her home for being ill and unable to produce. Once she's on the outside, she feels the thrill of freedom, but there are other dangers lurking from distrustful barnyard peers to a wily weasel looking for a next meal. Alas, all Sprout really wants in life is to lay an egg and see it hatch. She gets her chance, but under unusual circumstances.
Now, the reasons you should read it...
1. It's short. Only 144 pages. If you need a quick read to bust you out of a slump, this one might be THE book.
2. It's not hokey like I expected. I'm always slightly nervous of "modern fables." Sometimes they can be too new agey (The Alchemist) or too smug and self aware. This one falls squarely in the heartwarming and sweet camp.
3. It has a plot! There are real life-and-death conflicts in this book. Sprout is in constant danger, and I legitimately needed to know what happened to her and her offspring.
4. Motherhood. If you're a mom, want to be a mom, have a mom, have an aunt who is like a mom, etc. this will remind you of the sacrifices and mental/emotional struggles mothers go through for their kids.
5. It's just a good read. I finished this book with a smile on my face, happy to have spent an hour or two kicked back with a beautiful story in a gorgeous edition.
After you go pick this book up from your local library or bookstore, take a run through Leah's "How to Write More Creative Book Reviews" post from the most recent mini-Bloggiesta! It gave me inspiration since this book didn't lend itself to a lengthy, traditional review.
Pub. Date: November 2013
Source: Interlibrary loan!
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