Omeletta was a very happy hen, ranging free, laying her eggs wherever she pleased but Nelson was not so happy as he had to find the eggs each day. Nelson decides to confine Omeletta to the hen house but Omeletta has other ideas.
The text has many features which enhance the story including Omeletta’s catchy little songs and some alliteration “Omeletta fluffed her feathers and fretted and fumed”. The author includes some rhyming passages which the illustrator complements with her clear and detailed art so when Nelson searches for the eggs the young reader is able to anticipate the words and be involved in the story. Deborah Hinde, as illustrator, has really magnified the spirit of the story with the amazing facial expressions she has portrayed especially on the hen.
This is a delightful story for young readers with a positive message for all ages.
Title: Omeletta Hen
Author: Janelle Wilkey
Illustrator: Deborah Hinde
Publisher: Scholastic New Zealand
Date of Publication: August 2020
Ages: 3-6 years
Reviewer: Elaine Wills, Library manager, Enner Glynn School, Nelson
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
What’s the book’s opening sentence? Omeletta was a beautiful hen, a beautiful hen indeed!
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