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From the team that created If The World Were a Village, used in thousands of UK primary schoolsA striking and accessible way to introduce children to sustainable developmentSupports the primary geography curriculum with cross-curricular links to PSHE and Global CitizenshipStriking artwork and 'House that Jack Built'-style captions are perfect for shared reading and read-aloud sessions

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Katie Smith Milway has coordinated community development programmes inAfrica and Latin America for Food for the Hungry International, and wasa delegate to the 1992 Earth Summit. She writes books and articles onsustainable development and is currently editorial director for aninternational management consultancy. One Hen is her second book for children. Eugenie Fernandes is an award-winning picture book author andillustrator.


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 Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

'a book for sharing and for discussion about the bigger picture of global citizenship and responsibility for one another.' Books for Keeps (January 2011)

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