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|Beautiful Yetta's Hanukkah kitten|
Author: Pinkwater, Daniel Manus
When a poor kitten is found wandering lost in the streets of Brooklyn, it's Yetta the Yiddish chicken to the rescue.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 181487
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/14)
School Library Journal (10/01/14)
The Hornbook (00/11/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2014 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 - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/15/2014 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. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.