Sprout is an egg laying hen who dreams of living outside and hatching an egg. This tale could have turned sappy or depressing, but it stayed engaging and touching, thanks to Ms. Hwang's beautiful writing. Sprout is smart and resourceful in pursuing her dreams, even through adversity. You even feel compassion for the weasel, who is initially cast as the villain. It's amazing that Ms. Hwang achieves interesting characters with depth and heart in such a short book. I definitely recommend this book.