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It's Quite True! : Hans Christian Andersen

It's Quite True! : Hans Christian Andersen

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ISBN: 9780994211590

A Children's Picture Book from a Hans Christian Andersen classic retold by Lis Mathiasen.

Overheard ... misheard ... and passed on … but what comes back is nothing like how it began. This is the way rumours spread. It is a simple story of the dangers of telling fibs.

In an era of social media, never before has this simple tale of rumour-mongering been more important. In the beginning of this children's picture book classic, a hen makes a comment while watching one of her feathers fall to the ground. Another hen overhears it, but mishears it. She tells another hen what she thinks she heard. A rumour starts spreading from a henhouse on one side of the valley. It travels across the valley, bird to bird, and returns. But the version that returns is a far cry from the original comment.  Each time it is passed on, it grows ever more exaggerated. The bush telegraph spreads the word to neighbouring henhouses. Eventually, the rumour comes back to the henhouse where it all started.

By the time the rumour returns, it is nothing like the original comment.

Author Lis Mathiasen retells this classic, much-loved, Hans Christian Andersen children's story. This 42 page children's picture book illustrates the dangers of telling tales and how those tales can change in the telling.

Through her vibrant illustrations of chickens and other Australian birds, Judith Vun Price re-imagines the story in an Australian setting. She drew inspiration for the characters from her own chickens. The 20 full colour illustrations take children into chicken houses and through the bush where owls live. It takes child imaginations across Australian fields, from sundown to sunup. In the end, children cannot escape the dangers of spreading rumours and telling tales.

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‘There it goes,’ she said, with a little cluck, and she watched it float to the ground. ‘The more I pluck, the more beautiful I will get, there’s no doubt about that!’ But she meant it only in a fun way, for she was a fun hen who liked to have a joke. Then she fell asleep.


Lis Mathiasen was born in Denmark and grew up reading Hans Christian Andersen's stories. She has lived much of her life in Australia and is committed to social justice and the rights of children, and particularly equity in education. She has taught in schools across Australia and now lives in Perth with her husband.

Judith Price is a West Australian author, graphic designer, artist and illustrator who lives in the hills north of Perth. The inspiration for the characters in this book was drawn from her own chicken coop.

Illustrations by Judith Vun Price



ISBN-13: 9780994211590
ISBN-10: 0994211597
Size: 254 mm x 203 mm x 2.77 mm 
Weight: 138.35 gr
Pages: 42
Illustrations: 20 colour
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Logorythm
Imprint: Crotchet Quaver
Publication Date: 2017-02-23
City of Publication: Bullsbrook AU
Readership: Children/juvenile
  • BISAC: JUV002040-JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds,JUV022000-JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / General,JUV012040-JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations 
  • BIC: YFP-Animal stories (Children's / Teenage)
  • Thema:  YBCS Picture storybooks
Keywords: fables, children's, Children's, fairytales, folklore, Hans Christian Andersen, legends, myths
Carton Qty: 54

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