Timeless and enchanting – this is such a favourite of mine.
It is a joy to read this book to young children and hear them try to warn Rosie the hen of the danger of the fox that is following her, and also to follow the humour as he gets stifled at every attempt. Rosie walks proudly and confidently through the pages oblivious to all that is going on around her.
This was Pat Hutchin’s first picture book (1968), and although she wrote very many more, it is Rosie’s Walk that has stood the test of time. The written text is just one long sentence (subtly teaching prepositions along the way), but it is the illustrations that enhance the text and engage the reader along the way.
Drawn with a palette of oranges, yellows and greens, the illustrations are deceptively simple until you study the intricacy of the pattern works that Hutchins has used. This book is one of the best examples of just how important illustrations are in telling a story and of the perfection created when the story and pictures perfectly compliment each other.
This is a read over and over again book that never loses its appeal.