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Read to Me: A Hen for Izzy Pippik

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A Hen for Izzy Pippik, by Aubrey Davis

Read To Me, a new series on Open Book, showcases those magical children’s books that kids will ask you to read many times and that you’ll love reading. Today, we’re featuring A Hen for Izzy Pippik (Kids Can Press), written by Aubrey Davis and illustrated by Marie Lafrance.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Written for children ages 4 to 8, A Hen for Izzy Pippik draws on ancient Jewish and Islamic texts to tell the story of Shaina, a young girl who feels the weight of the difficult times in her economically depressed town. When a special hen shows up on her doorstep, she's determined to return her to the rightful owner — even if it means enduring the criticism of the townspeople and chasing the hen's numerous pecking offspring.

WHY KIDS WILL LOVE IT: Kids will love the steady proliferation of chicks that appear in the pages, and they'll be inspired to cheer Shaina on when her neighbours are busy calling her a "hard-headed nuisance." Animal-loving children will recognize the special bond between Shaina and her hen, Yevka.

WHY GROWN UPS WILL LOVE IT: Shaina's innocence and her stubborn desire to do good will touch the heart of every parent who has seen the same intentions in their own child. The delightful stylized drawings reveal new detail with every read of the book. And even when you know the story by heart, your mind will be kept busy pondering the twin Chinese and Turkish proverbs, "Better a hen tomorrow than an egg today" and "Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow."

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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