Can Hens Give Milk?

  • Illustrated By: Joe Weissmann
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:humor, nonsense, Judaica, Chelm
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  • Pub Date:03/01/2013
  • Age Groups:Fiction Picture Book
  • Lexile:AD540L
  • ATOS:3.0
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Tova lives with her family on a small farm in the famous town of Chelm, a mythical village populated, according to Jewish folklore, by fools. Tova's farm has hens and even a rooster, but no cow. Her mother, Rivka, wishes they could afford to buy a cow, so they could have fresh milk and butter every day. One night Tova's father has a dream about how to get milk without actually owning a cow. He asks Tova to help him find a way to get milk from their hens, and the results are hilarious. Finally, to the family's joy and the hens' relief, the problem is solved by none other than the wise Rabbi of Chelm himself, and a little extra help from Tova.
"This addition to the canon has all the delicious deadpan of the old [Chelm] tales, as well as their familiar population of hilarious idiots. Literary idiots make powerless little readers feel powerful, and smart."
– Tablet Magazine