Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken

Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken


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Yetta, beautiful Yetta, manages to escape from the butcher's shop. But now she is lost in Brooklyn—a strange place filled with rude rats and dangerous buses!

Oh, dear!

But then, brave Yetta saves a small green bird from a sneaky cat, and his friends, the wild parrots of Brooklyn, are very grateful.

¡Muchas gracias, gallina hermosa!

¡mooCHAS grahSEEas, gahYEEna ehrMOsa!

Thank you very much, beautiful chicken!

Has beautiful Yetta found her new home?

Inspired by real events, this multilingual story is a witty, warm, and wonderful read-aloud for any age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312558246
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 478,630
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Daniel Pinkwater is the author and sometimes illustrator of more than 80 (and counting) wildly popular books. These books include 5 Novels, The Yggyssey, Lizard Music and Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl. He is also an occasional commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and appears regularly on Weekend Edition Saturday, where he reviews exceptional kids' books with host Scott Simon. Daniel also contributes to Wondertime, and has in the past been spotted on the pages of The New York Times Magazine, OMNI, and many other fine publications. In collaboration with Tony Auth, Daniel wrote an unfortunately short-lived comic strip, NORB, which was critically acclaimed by Jules Feiffer and Chaim Potok, and no one else. (It was really good, though.) Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Pinkwater grew up in Memphis, Chicago and Los Angeles, and studied art at Bard College. He lives in New York.

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Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
llpollac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Yiddish-speaking Yetta the chicken escapes from her crate on Mr. Fleigleman's truck, she finds herself alone in unfamiliar Brooklyn. After she rescues Eduardo, a Spanish-speaking wild parrot, from a hungry cat, she makes a group of friends who become like her family. This quirky picture book is trilingual between English, Spanish, and Yiddish. All of the dialogue is rendered in English, but the non-English speech is also captured in the original language and transliterated into a phonetic pronunciation, all in the same speech balloon. The plot is rather thin, and the artwork, while good, is nothing special. This book would work well in an ESL teacher's classroom collection, or anywhere where there is a need of materials in Yiddish. Otherwise, this is recommended as an additional selection for preschool to second grade as a read-aloud, and for second to fourth grades as an independent read.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Yetta escapes from the poultry farmer, she is alone in Brooklyn until she befriends a Spanish-speaking parrot.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A trilingual book - English, Spanish, and Yiddish? Yes, Yiddish - the language of Yetta, a runaway from Mr. Flegleman's organic chicken ranch! Daniel Pinkwater has a unique sense of humor and he's obviously fond of chickens (The Hoboken Chicken Emergency comes to mind). Both of these are evident in Beautiful Yetta, in which the heroine escapes the chicken truck and finds herself in Brooklyn, where she promptly saves a small green bird, a parrot belonging to one of the local colonies,"Parrots? ?¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ popuGEYehn?The chicken saved me. And look! Isn't she beautiful?¡La gallina me salvó! ¡Y miren! ¿No es ella hermosa?la gahYEEna me sahlVO! ee MEErehn, no ess EHya ehrMOsa?"And so begins the odd friendship and pairing of chicken and parrot, Yiddish and Spanish, on the streets of Brooklyn. The in-text pronunciation guides make it possible to share this story with only a passing ability in Spanish or Yiddish. A short explanation and chart of the Hebrew/Yiddish alphabet follows the story. A Spanish alphabet chart would have been welcome as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous, funny book that keep Yiddish alive and silly for future generations.
RabbiJo More than 1 year ago
Fly, don't walk to Barnes&Noble and buy multiple copies of this charming book for all your friends! It will appeal to children and adults alike. It is a story of courage and interfaith and intercultural understanding. Jill Pinkwater's illustrations are charming, and Daniel Pinkwater, a genius, is at his best. You might also enjoy some of his other work, especially Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, a personal favorite of mine.