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... Kojo’s inspiring, upbeat microfinance story makes the economic concept easy to grasp and admire. Sunny acrylic illustrations [andimpressionistic full-page art ...
Extremely appealing ... beautifully illustrated in acrylics by award-winning artist Eugenie Fernandes ... Highly recommended ...
Fernandes’s large acrylic paintings ... include numerous details ... [and spark the imagination. This distinguished book will enhance many curriculum areas.
Gr 2-5- After his father dies, Kojo quits school to help his mother collect firewood to sell, but there is little money or food. However, his small Ashanti village has elected to try microlending, a system where the village loans money to one family to buy something that will hopefully improve their lives; once it is paid back, another family borrows it, etc. When it is the boy's mother's turn, Kojo uses a few of the coins to buy a hen. The story then follows him as he grows and slowly but steadily builds the proceeds from that one hen into the largest poultry farm in West Africa. Throughout, the author shows how his success impacts the lives of everyone it touches, from the people whom Kojo is able to employ to the taxes he pays that will build roads and medical facilities. The story is based on the experiences of an actual Ashanti poultry farmer and could open diverse avenues of discussion, including how a community's mutual support and teamwork operate for the good of all. Fernandes's large acrylic paintings capture the warmth of the climate and include numerous details, such as splashes of kente cloth, that authenticate the setting. There are also many illustrations that spark the imagination, such as the one of a tree with Kojo's first hen at its roots, growing more hens as the tree grows, with eggs blossoming from the branches. This distinguished book will enhance many curriculum areas. Tololwa M. Mollel's My Rows and Piles of Coins (Clarion, 1999) is a good companion piece.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Posted August 21, 2013
I really liked this book! This is a true story about a young boy that borrows money from his mother to buy a hen. He sells the eggs from the hen until he pays back the loan and buys another hen. And another. Soon he is making enough money to buy the books and uniform required to attend school. He has also provided his mother and himself with a nutritious food source as well as an income. He eventually grows his chicken farm to be one of the largest in the country and provides jobs for many more people.
This is such an inspiring story. I love the determination and self-control this boy has. He wants to improve his situation, and so he works hard and eventually succeeds in doing so. He is a wonderful role model for young children. Thought his example, they can come to understand that they have the ability to change their futures.
My only complaint about the book was length. It was really long for a picture book and my kids wandered off near the end of the book. I loved the story, but I think it would keep a child's interest better if it were shorter.
Posted February 1, 2010
My hisband and I give our grandchildren a gift of phhilanthropy each year. They receive a credit at a philantropic organization and then get to direct the gift. This book set up their first experience with microlending perfectly, with its story of how a boy turned one hen into a chicken farming business and changed the life of his family and his village for generations. The One Hen web site is also great, and through Kiva.org, our grandchildren not only got to choose the recipient of their loan, but when it is repaid, the money comes back to them to loan again!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2010
I first read One Hen in preparing for a presentation on Micro-lending to a ladies' missions group in my church. My materials discussed micro-lending as a ministry and I was referred to this book as a good example of the concept. After I looked at the book and the wonderful illustrations, I bought two copies to use in presenting my program. Then I gave my two young granddaughters (ages nine and ten) the books. I think the book is a wonderful one to teach children about finance and the concept of microlending as well as to help them understand how people in other places live and work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.