If reading a book about a hungry hen isn’t enough, take note of the ironic twist ending, which will have kids reading it again and again. Richard Waring’s clever hen eats and eats, while the fox watching her grows skinnier and skinnier, waiting for the meal of his life. While everyone knows who is supposed to eat whom, this hungry hen surprises us all.
After reading a few pages, ask children what they expect to happen. Then at the end, talk about their predictions and the ending of the story. What makes it so funny?