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A Sydney Taylor Notable Book



Written by Elka Weber, Illustrated by Elisa Kleven 
Tricycle Press/ Random House, 2011

How much work can one little chicken be? When Leora finds a chicken in her front yard, she imagines keeping it as a pet and gathering eggs for breakfast every morning. But her mother has a very different view


“The colors are rich; the textures and patterns beg to be touched, and the ending is likely to leave readers pondering this story.”

    --School Library Journal


 “Enlivened with Kleven’s vibrant folk-art collage renderings, this tale will have readers thinking twice before ever saying “finders, keepers” again.”

    -- Kirkus


 “In Weber’s straightforward text, Mrs. Bendosa’s well-cadenced voice adds humor (“All this for a chicken we’re giving back?”) while Mr. Bendosa’s refrain --“How much trouble is one little chicken?…is one small goat?…are two small goats?” -- speaks to his mensch-like qualities. Kleven’s varied mixed-media illustrations, depicting an indeterminate Old Country setting, are full of texture and patterns. Some of the pictures are set in frames made up of traditional designs or of humorous image-extending motifs (e.g., tiny goats that dance around the family, bite-sized cheesecake confections). Other illustrations are expansive double-page spreads bustling with village life...”

    -- The Horn Book Magazine



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