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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1 Blg edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312558244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312558246
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2–As Mr. Flegleman, an organic chicken rancher, unloads his crates in front of Phil's Poultry World, one brave and clever fowl, determined not to become Friday night's dinner, manages to escape. Unfortunately, beautiful Yetta is homesick and lonely in Brooklyn. The rats and pigeons tell her to get lost, and she almost gets hit by a bus. When she saves a little green bird, Eduardo, from a cat, she gains new friends and a family among the parrots on the telephone wires, and they teach her how to find fruit and crusts of pizza. While the narration is in English, Yetta's dialogue is in Yiddish, and the parrots speak Spanish (both with English translations and transliterations). The comical marker and ink illustrations enhance the text, but, without the language gimmick, there isn't much to the story. However, this would make for an entertaining reader's theater, especially with authentic Yiddish and Spanish accents. And dedicated fans of the Pinkwaters will appreciate the offbeat, wry humor, as will those interested in the many urban legends surrounding Brooklyn's flocks of wild parrots. Unlike Dave Horowitz's Five Little Gefiltes (Putnam, 2007) and Simms Taback's Kibitzers and Fools (Viking, 2005), which introduce children to the joys of Yiddish, the Pinkwaters'offering may have trouble reaching a wide audience.Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL
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From Booklist

With wry humor, this multilingual picture book tells the story of a brave chicken, Yetta. Determined that she will not be soup, she escapes from a delivery crate and runs into the streets of Brooklyn. The bright images, highlighted against plenty of white space, contrast small Yetta with the towering skyscrapers of her new urban landscape. She misses her farm home as she tries to avoid huge buses and tough mice, and she gets no help from the city birds. Then she saves a little green parrot from a pouncing cat, and the wild parrots who witness the act welcome her and show her how to find food. Yetta speaks Yiddish (gevahlt!), and her speech is printed in both Hebrew and English alphabets with the English translation. The rich language mix does not stop there, though. The parrots speak Spanish, and their dialogue, shown in italics, includes a pronunciation guide. A warm twist on the immigration story that celebrates the richness of urban diversity. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman

More About the Author

Daniel Pinkwater lives with his wife, the illustrator and novelist Jill Pinkwater, and several dogs and cats in a very old farmhouse in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Customer Reviews

Same author and illustrator!
Julie Coelho
I like a book with good rhythm and great language for reading out loud.
K. Levin
My kids enjoyed the story as much as my grand-kids and I did!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Maria S. on May 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We received this book through PJ library, and it quickly went to the top of the nighttime reading list for my 2 and 3 year olds. They love the story, they love repeating the Yiddish and Spanish after me (their favorite phrase is "farstunkene katz!"), and the story leads to lots of questions from them as well (Why do the birds eat pizza from the garbage? Why can't Yetta stand on the telephone wire?"). It's fun to read aloud as well, and the English is simple enough for my 3 year old to read independently, yet not so simple that it puts me to sleep. A delight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie Coelho on October 2, 2010
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How much do I love this book? Enough to read it to my mixed group of preschoolers,most of whom don't understand either Yiddish or Spanish. However, they too love this book.
It's a sweet and loving story (YAY! Daniel and Jill Pinkwater!) and my hope is that they all will love books and reading as much as I do.
Next book? Ice Cream Larry. Same author and illustrator!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mawinn on September 22, 2010
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You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy "Yetta." I had heard the author read the story aloud on NPR and enjoyed the humor and multicultural flavor of the text. It is an imaginative slice of urban life. Upon purchasing the book, I found the colorful illustrations delightful. So far I've shared the book with Yiddish speaking adults and Spanish speaking toddlers, and both groups have really enjoyed it. A nice addition to a child's library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alix on September 20, 2010
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I heard Daniel Pinkwater read this book on the radio and it was great fun. The contrast of Yiddish and Spanish was delightful. However, the book is better listened to then read. While it a sweet story, I do not think it will be one of those books that will be read over and over again to a child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophilic on October 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is totally hilarious. My kids shrieked hysterically as we read the book. Here in L.A., we have roving flocks of parakeets, too, so they could identify. I'm trying not to think too hard about the message, though, for I truly think the best thing that could happen to a chicken is to end up roasted for Shabbos dinner on Friday night! Maybe Yetta just doesn't know betta.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By QueenAnne on September 6, 2010
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One of my 5-year old daughters favorite books! She loves how the parrots welcome Yetta. She asks me to make each animal "talk to her". Wonderful way to teach children that all people (or chickens) have feelings and that it is a Jewish (and human!) value to be kind to and make welcome those from other cultures. Yetta is beautiful.
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By Jbsvt on September 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I also heard the interview on NPR and ordered the book to take with my wife and me on our cross-country flight to visit our 20 month old and 39 month old grandchildren. (What is it with this month thing, I had to use a calculator to figure my age as 763 months!) Both children loved the book, and after my brilliant son figured out the parrots were speaking Spanish and not Yiddish, I let him read the Spanish parts in English and Spanish, while I read Yetta's part in English and fractured Yiddish. Fortunately for someone aged 763 months, the narration is in English. It is a well-written, heart warming tale with a wonderful ending.
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Wonderful images. Enchanting Yiddish, Spanish and English dialogue about a Yiddish chicken who escapes being made into soup or roasted chicken and her adventures with the Spanish speaking monk parakeets who really do live in Brooklyn. The only thing that would make this book even more enjoyable is an accompanying CD of someone reading the story but you can tape this for yourself by logging on to [...]
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