The little hen and the Great War / Jennifer Beck, Robyn Belton.
Publication year: 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books 2014
ISBN: 9781407145983 (pbk.) :
Originally published: as The bantam and the soldier. Auckland: Scholastic New Zealand, 1996.
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.
Original title: Bantam and the soldier
33 unnumbered pages : chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 22 x 27 cm
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