Chicken Man

Overview

Rody is in charge of the chicken coop on the kibbutz where he lives in Israel's Jezreel Valley. He loves his job so much and makes the work seem so delightful that everyone wants a chance to tend the brood. When they do, Rody is transferred elsewhere. But as Rody moves from job to job, the kibbutz learns it's not what you do, but how you do it that makes a difference. Chicken Man is the winner of the 1992 National Jewish Book Award, with delightful illustrations by author Michelle Edwards. The book offers a ...

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Overview

Rody is in charge of the chicken coop on the kibbutz where he lives in Israel's Jezreel Valley. He loves his job so much and makes the work seem so delightful that everyone wants a chance to tend the brood. When they do, Rody is transferred elsewhere. But as Rody moves from job to job, the kibbutz learns it's not what you do, but how you do it that makes a difference. Chicken Man is the winner of the 1992 National Jewish Book Award, with delightful illustrations by author Michelle Edwards. The book offers a glimpse into the real life of Israel's kibbutzniks, and this reissued edition includes an updated afterward by the author, discussing modern changes in kibbutz life.

Each time Chicken Man is moved into a new job on the kibbutz, someone else wants to take that job instead, and the chickens suffer as a consequence.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Edwards's first picture book combines a lighthearted tale about a kibbutznik with what PW called ``stylized paintings . . . dotted with diverting detail.'' Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-- Flat cartoon drawings are exactly right to add dimension and humor to this tale based on the author's experiences on an Israeli kibbutz. The summer Rody works in the chicken coop at Kibbutz Hanan, the hens lay more eggs than ever; he is so happy with his job that the other kibbutzniks call him Chicken Man and believe his to be the best job around. But while Rody is cheerful regardless of his assignments in the customary job rotation, the chickens miss him so much they stop laying eggs. All is well after he convinces the work committee to assign him permanently to the coop. Edwards presents a glimpse of life unknown to many American children; an author's note gives additional facts about life on a kibbutz. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NB
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588382238
  • Publisher: NewSouth, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Edwards has written and illustrated over thirteen books for young readers including Stinky Stern Forever, winner of the 2006 Gryphon and Patterson. Michelle was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and grew up in Troy, New York. She studied at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and later earned her MA and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. She now lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

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