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  • One Little Chicken
  • Written by Elka Weber
    Illustrated by Elisa Kleven
  • Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781582463742
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How much work can one little chicken be?
When Leora finds a chicken in her front yard, she imagines keeping it as a pet and gathering eggs for breakfast every morning. But her mother has a very different view. Following a Jewish law that says ”finders aren’t keepers,” Mrs. Bendosa is determined that the family should care for the chicken just until its rightful owner returns. Soon, however, one little chicken becomes a flock of chickens, a flock of chickens becomes two goats, two goats become a herd of goats…until—Oh! What a house!

Elisa Kleven’s exquisitely detailed folk art brings Elka Weber’s humorous retelling of a traditional tale to life and promises to leave readers pondering the adage, “finders, keepers.”

Elka Weber|Elisa Kleven

About Elka Weber

Elka Weber - One Little Chicken
ELKA WEBER loves making history come alive. She has taught history to both high school and college students and authored nonfiction works for adults. Elka lives in New Jersey with her husband, and five children. She's proud to have authored The Yankee at the Seder, which won the Sidney Taylor Honor Award.
Visit www.elkaweber.com to learn more about her!

About Elisa Kleven

Elisa Kleven - One Little Chicken
Elisa Kleven writes and illustrates picture books because she's never outgrown a deep childhood urge to enter a magical world. To date, she has written and illustrated thirteen books and illustrated fifteen others, including her School Library Journal Best Book, Puddle Pail, which also features the crocodile brothers, Ernst and Sol; her New York Times Best Illustrated Book, Sun Bread; The Lion and the Little Red Bird; and The Paper Princess.  Elisa and her family and live in Albany, California.


Review, The Horn Book, September/October 2011
"In Weber’s straightforward text, Mrs. Bendosa’s well-cadenced voice adds humor (“All this for a chicken we’re giving back?”) while Mr. Bendosa’s refrain—“How much trouble is one little chicken?…is one small goat?…are two small goats?”—speaks to his mensch-like qualities. Kleven’s varied mixed-media illustrations, depicting an indeterminate Old Country setting, are full of texture and patterns."

Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2011
"Enlivened with Kleven’s vibrant folk-art collage renderings, this tale will have readers thinking twice before ever saying “finders, keepers” again."

Review, School Library Journal, July 1, 2011
"The colors are rich; the textures and patterns beg to be touched, and the ending is likely to leave readers pondering this story."

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