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Hen for Izzy Pippik, A

by Aubrey Davis, illustrated by Marie Lafrance

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list price: $18.95
edition:Hardcover
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published: Mar 2012
ISBN:9781554532438
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

When Shaina finds a magnificent hen, she knows that Izzy Pippik, the hen's owner, is sure to return for her. In the meantime, Shaina decides she will care for the animal. But when dozens of eggs hatch and rowdy chickens scatter throughout the village, Shaina must fight the entire town if she has any hope of protecting the birds. Inspired by Jewish and Islamic traditional texts, this is a beautiful tale about doing the right thing, even in the face of adversity.

About the Authors
Aubrey Davis is an award-winning Canadian author and storyteller. Aubrey lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information go to www.aubreydavis.com.
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Marie Lafrance lives in Montreal, Quebec. She has provided illustrations for magazines, newspapers, posters, billboards and dozens of educational books for children. Now she primarily works on picture books, using her warm and gently humorous illustrations to delight and entertain children of all ages.
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Contributor Notes

For more than 30 years, Aubrey Davis has told stories, performing and conducting workshops across Canada and the United States. His books have received glowing reviews and multiple awards, including the Sydney Taylor Award, the Mr. Christie Award (Silver) and the Canadian Jewish Book Awards Children's Literature Prize. Aubrey lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Marie Lafrance lives in Montreal, Quebec. She has provided illustrations for magazines, newspapers, posters, billboards and dozens of educational books for children. Now she primarily works on picture books, using her warm and gently humorous illustrations to delight and entertain children of all ages.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
p to 3
Awards
  • Winner, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award
  • Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
  • Short-listed, Great Lakes Great Books, Michigan Reading Association
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Long-listed, Best Bets, Picture Books, Ontario Library Association
Editorial Reviews

A great story that illustrates how a child who sees the world in black and white is introduced to shades of grey, with the help of her grandfather.—The Victoria Times Colonist


Steadfast and quietly amusing, Shaina is a girl to admire.—Kirkus Reviews


... charmingly told with pleasing conversational patterns and alliteration. ... A good choice where folktales or character education stories are in demand.—School Library Journal


Traditional Talmudic and Islamic texts form the bones of the story, which is delivered with a deft and witty touch.—Jewish Book World


This is a book to savor and reread ...—Booklist


Lafrance deserves a special shout-out for her work-she proves once again that she's a rare talent who can combine naïf rendering with a highly sophisticated and consistently inventive sense of composition.—Publisher's Weekly

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A Hen for Izzy Pippik

Times are difficult in little Shaina’s town. Then a chicken — resplendent with emerald green feathers and golden speckles — appears on her doorstep. When Shaina discovers a broken crate with a sign that reads “Izzy Pippik Chickens and Eggs,” she begs her family not to devour the hen, but to protect her until Izzy Pippik returns to claim his property. She even names the bird Yevka. Days, weeks and months pass, but the errant Izzy does not appear.

Yevka gives birth to a proliferating flock of chickens which, too, are safeguarded at Shaina’s insistence. “Hundreds of chickens flapped about the square. They toppled trashcans, fought for food and cackled from morning to night. They grew rowdier by the day, and the people’s grumbles grew with them.” The rancour dissipates when curious sightseers, arriving by the busload, bring prosperity back to the town. Izzy Pippik finally returns, only to present Yevka to Shaina and the hen’s descendants to the townsfolk in a spirit of generosity that matches the little girl’s honesty.

Inspired by Talmudic and Islamic folklore, Aubrey Davis has written a memorable story that will resonate with young readers. In spite of pressure from by poverty-stricken adults, Shaina remains steadfastly determined to do what is correct. When Izzy maintains that he is owed only the one hen, the young heroine counters with “These are her chicks, her chicks’ chicks and her chicks’ chicks’ chicks. If she’s yours, they’re all yours.”

The voice of a storyteller is at play in this book. The strong sense of place, the rich language, the gentle humour and the subtle wisdom create such vibrant images that Davis’s writing could easily stand on its own. However, Marie Lafrance’s pencil illustrations, coloured in Photoshop, add magic to the text. Her interpretations of the characters and the town will encourage readers to look and look again. Although the illustrations are stylistically naive, there is nothing simple about them. They are truly enchanting.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2012. Volume 35 No. 3.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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A Hen for Izzy Pippik

When a hen belonging to Izzy Pippik arrives on Shaina’s doorstep, she decides to care for it until Izzy comes back to claim it. Believing that the eggs belong to Izzy and all the chickens that hatch from those eggs belong to Izzy, the town eventually becomes overrun with chickens. How long can the townspeople put up with all these chickens? This title is also available in French as Une poule pour Izzy Pippik.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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