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The Little Hen and the Great War

A young soldier is fighting in the trenches of wartime France when he finds a hen, skinny, scruffy, and starving. He tucks her into his jacket and takes her with him. The other soldiers laugh when they see him looking after her and sharing his meagre rations of food, but when the hen thrives and begins to lay eggs for them, they realise that perhaps survival and hope are possible after all. A beautiful story of unexpected friendship in the midst of fighting and devastation.

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This story uses a friendly animal character as a means of exploring the topic of World War I with young children. Suitable for KS1, this picture book follows the story of a soldier in the trenches as he befriends a little red hen. Amid the fighting and destruction, the hen brings joy and hope to the soldier and his friends.

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