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Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 25, 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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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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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1 Blg edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312558244
  • ASIN: B0054U5J4S
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,445,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I sent this book to my granddaughter, who lives in Brooklyn, for Hannukah. She is an adult but I knew she'd love it just as I did. Now she's on a search for the "famous" Brooklyn parrots. What fun! I cannot imagine anyone not liking this book. To my mind it is one of Pinkwater's absolute best! And believe me I've read a lot of them. I've got four kids and eight grandchildren! The intermingled languages are a wonderful idea. My grandkids and I are so happy Daniel and Jill Pinkwater wrote about Yetta. She's a perfect joy!
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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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I cant say enough good things about this book. It's great story, perfect for brooklyn kids (its geo-specific) and has spanish and yiddish and english, all transliterated for the non-languaged adult :) I love it and so does my kid. and his class. and every other person i show it to.
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Very cute story, for preschool-kindergarten aged kids. We've had the book for a month, and probably read it like 10 times. The phonetics are a little challenging, but if you know the languages, easy enough to figure out.
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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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My toddler son loves the vivid illustrations and is especially drawn to the one of Yetta almost being hit by a bus. I like the book because I get to practice reading in fun accents (Yiddish, Brooklyn, and Latino) and different languages.
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