World markets have been flooded by hens of all types, just think of the enormous success that this folk tale has received in the United States with the Little Golden Books during the second World War. Now in Italy is coming out this delicious edition of Kalandraka and the hen who "while was scratching about in search of food ... found some grains of wheat", dresses in completely new clothes. The adaptation of Pilar Martínez gives this narrative an unscrupulous irony. The hen who works every day for her crop without the help of her lazy friends (the lazy dog, the sleepy cat,the festive duck) takes her effort philosophically because she knows that in the end s
he will triumph.
Marco Somà, with his illustrations seems to laugh with her, and with a soft and at the same time irreverent stroke, he makes fun of the three slacker friends of the little hen. The dog wears a ridiculous starry shirt and the goose a dandy totally untimely bow tie.
International, number 997, 25 April 2013