The Dog Who Dared to Dream
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The Dog Who Dared to Dream

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FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR SUN-MI HWANG

This is the story of a dog named Scraggly.

Born an outsider because of her distinctive appearance, she spends most of her days in the sun-filled yard of her owner's house. Scraggly has dreams and aspirations just like the rest of us. But each winter, dark clouds descend and Scraggly is faced with challenges that she must overcome. Through the clouds and even beyond the gates of her owner's yard lies the possibility of friendship, motherhood and happiness - they are for the taking if Scraggly can just hold on to them, bring them home and build the life she so desperately desires.

The Dog Who Dared to Dream is a wise tale of the relationship between dog and man, as well as a celebration of a life lived with courage.

Translated into English for the first time, it is a classic from Sun-mi Hwang, the international bestselling author.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 16mm | 180g
  • Abacus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Black and white pictures
  • 0349142106
  • 9780349142104
  • 53,683

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A very special little book. I absolutely loved it, and I find myself still thinking about Sprout. She embodies all the best characteristics of deep-hearted mother-love: loyalty, sacrifice, and courage,Sometimes the simplest character, expressed in the sparest prose, embarks upon life's most heroic journey. Meet Sprout, a plucky hen whose modest dream to hatch a single egg will take her down a path that leads to her true place in the natural world. Heart, determination, and empathy are the only skills Sprout needs to navigate this perilous passage in Sun-mi Hwang's lovely The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, a novel uniquely poised at the nexus of fable, philosophy, children's literature, and nature writing,Everything wonderful about the world is contained in this small gem of a novel, which brims with dream-fulfilling adventures and the longing that underlies love,[A] simply told but absorbing fable . . . Spare but evocative line drawings . . . add to the subtle charm,An adroit allegory about life . . . in the vein of classics like Charlotte's Web and Jonathan Livingston Seagull . . . A subtle morality tale that will appeal to readers of all ages,Recalling Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970), this slim but powerful tale will resonate with readers of all ages, who can take it at face value or delve deeper into its meditations on living courageously and facing mortality. . . . The English translation moves smoothly and straightforwardly and is aided by graceful black-and-white illustrations
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Recalling Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970), this slim but powerful tale will resonate with readers of all ages, who can take it at face value or delve deeper into its meditations on living courageously and facing mortality. . . . The English translation moves smoothly and straightforwardly and is aided by graceful black-and-white illustrations * Booklist on The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly * [A] simply told but absorbing fable . . . Spare but evocative line drawings . . . add to the subtle charm * Publishers Weekly on The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly * Everything wonderful about the world is contained in this small gem of a novel, which brims with dream-fulfilling adventures and the longing that underlies love * Kyung-sook Shin, New York Times bestselling author of Please Look After Mom on The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly * Sometimes the simplest character, expressed in the sparest prose, embarks upon life's most heroic journey. Meet Sprout, a plucky hen whose modest dream to hatch a single egg will take her down a path that leads to her true place in the natural world. Heart, determination, and empathy are the only skills Sprout needs to navigate this perilous passage in Sun-mi Hwang's lovely The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, a novel uniquely poised at the nexus of fable, philosophy, children's literature, and nature writing * Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestseller The Orphan Master's Son on The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly * A very special little book. I absolutely loved it, and I find myself still thinking about Sprout. She embodies all the best characteristics of deep-hearted mother-love: loyalty, sacrifice, and courage * Lisa See, author of the New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls on The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly * An adroit allegory about life . . . in the vein of classics like Charlotte's Web and Jonathan Livingston Seagull . . . A subtle morality tale that will appeal to readers of all ages * Kirkus Reviews on The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly * I was completely sucked into this story bursting with originality . . . an instant classic * Guardian on The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly * Bewitching . . . a fabular bestseller . . . will make grown men and women cry * Independent on The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly *
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About Sun-Mi Hwang

Sun-mi Hwang is a beloved writer in South Korea, where she has won many awards and published more than forty books enjoyed by adults and children alike. She lives in Seoul, South Korea.
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Rating details

1,418 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 23% (320)
4 41% (582)
3 27% (385)
2 8% (108)
1 2% (23)
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