Each time Chicken Man is moved into a new job on the kibbutz, someone else wants to take that job instead, and the chickens suffer as a consequence
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Michelle Edwards has written and illustrated more than thirteen books for young readers including Stinky Stern Forever, winner of the 2006 Gryphon and Patterson Awards and Chicken Man, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Michelle was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and grew up in Troy, New York. She studied at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and later earned her MA and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. She now lives in Iowa City with her husband and their three children.From Publishers Weekly:
In her first children's book, Edwards draws on her experience living on a kibbutz to create this portrait of a kind, goodnatured man. Known as Chicken Man, kibbutznik Rody is in charge of the chicken coops. His presence makes all the hens and roosters so happy that they are more productive than ever before, and eggs are always plentiful. Chicken Man is quite distressed when the new work list is posted and he is assigned to a different job. But whatever task Rody performs--ironing clothes, tending to the gardens or caring for a houseful of wild children--he does it cheerfully and competently. The chickens in the coop are less adaptable: they miss Chicken Man so much that they stop laying eggs. But all ends happily when the bighearted fellow returns--for good--to his brood. Along with her lighthearted story, Edwards offers an informative look at kibbutz life. Her stylized paintings are dotted with diverting details. Ages 5-8.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. First Edition. First Print - Full Number Line. New - unused and unread. Bookseller Inventory # A2RB-0688097081
Book Description Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110688097081
Book Description Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1991. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. First Printing of author's first book. NEW in NEW jacket. Winner of the 1992 Louis Posner Memorial Children's Picture Book Award (Jewish Book Council). Flat cartoon drawings are exactly right to add dimension and humor to this tale based on the author's experiences on an Israeli kibbutz. Bookseller Inventory # 076956