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Beautiful Yetta's Hanukkah kitten
Pinkwater, Daniel Manus, 1941- , author.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Feiwel and Friends, 2014.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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Yetta, beautiful Yetta, manages to escape from the butcher's shop. But now she is lost in Brooklyn--a strange place filled with rude rats and dangerous buses!



Oh, dear!

But then, brave Yetta saves a small green bird from a sneaky cat, and his friends, the wild parrots of Brooklyn, are very grateful.

¡Muchas gracias, gallina hermosa!

¡mooCHAS grahSEEas, gahYEEna ehrMOsa!

Thank you very much, beautiful chicken!

Has beautiful Yetta found her new home?

Inspired by real events, this multilingual story by Daniel Pinkwater is a witty, warm, and wonderful read-aloud for any age.

Author Notes

Author, illustrator, and radio commentator Daniel M. Pinkwater was born in Memphis Tennessee on November 15, 1941. He is trained as an artist and attended Bard College. In 1969, he wrote and illustrated his first book, The Terrible Roar. Since then he has written over 50 books for children, young adults, and adults. He is also a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and regularly reviews children's books on Weekend Edition Saturday. While he has illustrated many of his works, his most recent ones have been illustrated by his wife Jill Pinkwater.

(Bowker Author Biography) Daniel Pinkwater is regarded by critics, educators, psychologists, and law enforcement agencies as the world's most influential writer of books for children and young adults. Since 1987, he has been a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered and two collections of his essays have been brought out to the delight of listeners who can read. He lives in Hyde Park, New York.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In this follow-up to Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken (2010), our slaughterhouse escapee now lives in the wilds of Brooklyn, entertaining her parrot friends with tales of the old days as a free-range chicken. Then one cold Hanukkah night, the birds discover a tiny kitten (a ketseleh) in the snow. They shelter the foundling until Yetta decides they should ask Grandmother to take it in, since humans are always in a good mood at Hanukkah. Grandmother is happy to oblige and share a plate of latkes with all the animals. Much of this sunny story's charm derives from Daniel Pinkwater's signature wry humor and the multilingual presentation. Jill Pinkwater's mixed-media illustrations, meanwhile, feature brightly colored characters set off against mostly white backgrounds. Offbeat holiday fare, for sure.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Yetta, the Pinkwaters' inimitable Yiddish-speaking, Brooklyn-dwelling chicken, is back in her second picture book, this time playing figurative mother hen and adoption agency for a stray kitten that she finds lost in a snowdrift. Yetta's Spanish-speaking wild parrots friends/nest mates are dubious at first: "Es un gato!" they exclaim. "Es iz a kind!" Yetta insists. "Lomir es geb esn" ("It is a baby! Let's feed it"). But they quickly come around and help Yetta find a good home during Hanukkah ("when the humans are in a good mood") for the kitty-who in turn reveals it can teach the parrots a thing or two about latkes. Jill Pinkwater's bright, freestyle drawings are as bighearted and chatty as the multilingual, multispecies text. Ages 3-7. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-First introduced in Beautiful Yetta, the Yiddish Chicken (2010), the hen is still living in Brooklyn, the honorary mother to a flock of wild, Spanish-speaking parrots. One winter night, Yetta's maternal instinct kicks in again when she discovers a kitten in a snowdrift. "A ketseleh! A little cat!" says Yetta.  "Helf mir mit ir.  Help me take care of it," she says to the parrots, but they don't know what cats eat or where to take it.  Besides, aren't they dangerous? Then they remember that it's Hanukkah, "cuando los humanos están de buen humor!  When the humans are in a good mood!" They take the kitten to an old grandmother who says to Yetta, "Redstu Yidish, hinel? You speak Yiddish, chicken?" and then feeds them all latkes. Not much more happens, but that's hardly the point.  Aside from the obvious nod to a mingling of languages and cultures, this is a book that begs to be read aloud, if for no other reason than the humor that emerges from a recitation of the multilingual transliterations. Large, brightly colored illustrations in marker and ink set against a white background have a comic quality that complements the minimal text.  With almost no information about the actual holiday, this is not a book for Hanukkah novices, but for those looking for something fun to read during the festivities (think reader's theater.) It should have everyone saying "A frayleken Chanukah! ¡Un feliz Hanukkah! A Happy Hanukkah!"-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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