Henny is a chick who’s just a little different from everyone else in the barn—and who learns to embrace her special gift in this whimsical and charming picture book debut from Elizabeth Rose Stanton.
Henny doesn’t look like any other chicken she knows. Instead of wings, she has arms!
Sometimes Henny likes being different—she enjoys the way her arms flutter like ribbons when she runs—but other times…not so much. She just can’t do things the same way as the other chickens.
But doing things the same as everyone else is overrated, as Henny comes to realize in this warmhearted story, sweetly told and illustrated with fresh, expressive artwork that celebrates the individual in everyone.
Readers will do a double take at the confident chicken who waves hello from the cover of Stanton's debut. Instead of feathery wings, Henny has skinny pink human arms and hands. Although "Henny's mother... loved Henny anyway," the other farm animals stare and even chortle. Henny frets, albeit in non-chickenish ways: "She worried about being right-handed or left-handed.... She even worried about things she didn't quite understand like tennis elbow, and hangnails, and whether she might need deodorant." Henny eventually discovers a talent for farm chores and starts "to imagine all the other things she could do," from hailing a cab to flying (a plane). In gentle pencil-and-watercolor sketches on an eggshell-white ground, Stanton scatters moments of quiet humor like chicken feed Henny tries to "fit in" with a common chicken pose, folding her arms back like wings, and she bends those same elbows when she covers her ears to dampen a rooster's crow. It's a somewhat facile story of difference, but Stanton's artwork marks her as a talent worth watching. Ages 4 8.