Best-selling Korean children’s book on sale in U.S.

November 29, 2013

Titled “The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly” in English  

Voted as the best children’s book of 2012 in Poland 

(Yonhap)

(Yonhap)

An English-language edition of the best-selling Korean children’s book about the adventures of a hen who left her coop in search of freedom went on sale in the United States this week.

The book, written by Hwang Seon-mi, has sold more than 1.1 million copies since its release in May 2000, which is rare in the children’s book market in Korea. The book’s publication rights have since been sold to 22 other countries, including the U.S., Britain, France, China and Japan.

Unlike the original Korean version, the prime target of the English version is adults for its philosophical content, the agency said, adding that the title of the English book is “The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly.”

In February, another translated version was voted to be the best children’s book of 2012 in Poland.

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