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Inspired by true events, 'One Hen' tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many. After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen. A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings Kojo is able to return to school. Soon Kojo's farm grows to become the largest in the region. Kojo's story is inspired by the life of Kwabena Darko, who as a boy started a tiny poultry farm just like Kojo's, which later grew to be the largest in Ghana, and one of the largest in west Africa. Kwabena also started a trust that gives out small loans to people who cannot get a loan from a bank. 'One Hen' shows what happens when a little help makes a big difference. The final pages of 'One Hen' explain the microloan system and include a list of relevant organisations for children to explore. 'One Hen' is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. AGES: 8-12 AUTHOR: Katie Smith Milway is a partner in Bridgespan's Boston office and a leader of the firm's knowledge group. She brings to the job a background in journalism, nonprofit management and strategy consulting. Prior to joining Bridgespan she was a senior director and founding publisher at Bain and Company, where she built and managed a global team of editors and writers who guided the transformation of Bain's intellectual capital into external and internal publications. Eugenie graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1965. Her paintings from Earth Magic and One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference are at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. Colour illustrations
... a powerful tale about the value of offering a hand up, instead of a hand out ...--Todays Parent The vibrant folkish art by Eugenie Fernandes bursts with color and texture and enhances this uplifting tale of the power of giving someone a chance.--Detroit Free Press ... Kojo's inspiring, upbeat microfinance story makes the economic concept easy to grasp and admire. Sunny acrylic illustrations [and]impressionistic full-page art ...--Booklist One Hen is emotionally affecting, as well as informative ...--Vancouver Sun Fernandes's large acrylic paintings ... include numerous details ... [and] spark the imagination. This distinguished book will enhance many curriculum areas.--School Library Journal, Starred Review Extremely appealing ... beautifully illustrated in acrylics by award-winning artist Eugenie Fernandes ... Highly recommended ...--Canadian Children's Book News Bright acrylics fill this spirited picture book ... a pleasing ... purposeful tale about change and hope.--San Francisco Chronicle An inviting text and bright acrylic artwork on oversize pages follow Kojo, a rural Ashanti boy, as he builds a poultry farm with a small loan.--School Library Journal, Starred Review ... the beneficial effects of small loans and small projects are thoughtfully and carefully explained in the extensive text ... Acrylic illustrations are vivid and lively ...--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books ... encourages children ages 7 and up to think about the power we each have to initiate positive changes in the world.--Breitbart ... Kojo's story, with its vibrant illustrations, will plant more than the germ of an idea in the minds of young readers.--Globe and Mail The text and visuals work individually and together to create a compelling story that is simple without being simplistic and that avoids patronizing attitudes ... the book accomplishes the rare feat of entertaining and educating ... likely to be a hit with both kids and teachers.--Quill & Quire, Starred Review
ISBN: 9781554530281 ISBN-10: 1554530288 Series: CitizenKid Audience:
For Ages: 8 - 9 years old For Grades: 3 - 4 Format:
Number Of Pages: 32 Published: 1st February 2013 Publisher: Kids Can Press Country of Publication: CA Dimensions (cm): 30.4 x 22.8
Weight (kg): 0.52