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A Hen for Izzy Pippik

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  172 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
When Shaina finds a magnificent hen, she knows that Izzy Pippik, the hen's owner, is sure to return for her. In the meantime, Shaina decides she will care for the animal. But when dozens of eggs hatch and rowdy chickens scatter throughout the village, Shaina must fight the entire town if she has any hope of protecting the birds. Inspired by Jewish and Islamic traditional t ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Kids Can Press
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I think I need a "chicken" shelf. I love chicken books so! When an honest little girl keeps a lost chicken until its owner returns, her town becomes overrun by chickens with unexpected results. Delightful illustrations.
Bookstork Buzz
Oct 22, 2013 Bookstork Buzz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book

The first thing that attracted me to this book was its title – what a great name, Izzy Pippik! What clinched it is when I saw its author – Aubrey Davis. I just had to get my hands on it. A retelling from “the Babylonian Talmud and the Hadith of the Prophet Mohammed”, Aubrey Davis, an excellent writer, is in my opinion the best reteller of tales there is.

Who knew, in Shaina’s town, where times are tough and people have little to spend, that a hen come pecking at Shaina’s toe is about to turn thin
Apr 02, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
When a chicken with emerald green feathers ends up on her doorstep, Shaina goes in search of its owner. She finds a damaged wooden crate on the street, and realizes that the chicken's owner, Izzy Pippik, must have lost her. Certain that he will return for the chicken, she refuses to allow anyone to harm the bird. Even when the bird lays an egg, she remains steadfast that the chicken and any offsprings belong to Izzy Pippik, who will return any day now. The egg hatches, and eventually, the town i ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Erica rated it really liked it
Times are tough in the town where Shaina lives. Then one day a hen with wonderful green feathers appears. Shaina finds its crate with a sign attached that says "Izzy Pippik Chickens and Eggs". After she takes the hen home, she tells her mom and grandfather that Izzy Pippik will come back for his hen and they can't eat the hen. Well, the hen lays and egg and then there are more little chickens running around the house and then the town. The chickens and roosters bring joy to the town and when Izz ...more
May 18, 2012 Anthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
“A Hen for Izzy Pippik” is a wonderful tale about doing the right thing even when it is unpopular. Shaina does the right thing not just once but many times. In Shaina we also find a selfless example of a young person doing what is right, not for what she will get out of it, but because it is the right thing to do.

This universal moral, is derived from “Jewish and Islamic traditional text.” Marie Lafrance’s illustrations really add to the universality of this story as they have a very folksy Fren
When a hen falls off the back of Izzy Pippik's truck, Shaina takes her in and vows to keep her (and her many generations of chicks) safe until Mr. Pippik returns. It's months (maybe years) before he finally does. And by that time, the flock of chickens has become a real part of the town, bringing its citizens fame and prosperity. They don't want to lose their chickens, but Shaina knows that they have to do the right thing. Fortunately for everyone, Izzy Pippick knows exactly what to do.

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Mar 26, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A quiet story, this one about an honest and somewhat stubborn girl. Times may be hard, but Shaina will do the right thing when a chicken appears on her doorstep. This chicken is not to be eaten, nor are its eggs. These are the property of Izzy Pippik and Shaina will keep the chickens safe until his return. Shaina never mentions nor does she expect a reward, but her good deed is rewarded nonetheless. The illustrations are beautiful. I love the echo of the girl's red bow with the chicken's comb an ...more
Meredith Estes
Jul 17, 2016 Meredith Estes rated it really liked it
Shelves: littles
We really liked this book. It tells the story of a hen that is left by mistake in the town square and a little girl finds it. Even though it could mean food or money for her family, the little girl insists it on keeping it alive for the rightful owner. Time goes by and the chicken has had other chickens by the time the owner comes back. The town has since prospered and the chickens are a part of it all. The owner tells the little girl the chicken belongs to her and she gets to keep her pet. Just ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Carmen rated it it was amazing
A story about a steadfast girl, Shaina, who makes it her mission to look after a missing hen until she can be reunited with its rightful owner, Izzy Pippik, even though the townspeople and her family try to sway her mind. Shaina believes in her heart that Izzy Pippik couldn't possibly forget about a hen as lovely as Yevka! This story is based on an ancient tale from the Babylonian Talmud and the Hadith of the Prophet Mohammed. It's fresh and endearing and although the picture book text is longer ...more
Jan 02, 2013 Shawna rated it really liked it
Shaina's town is having hard times until Izzy Pippik loses a hen while passing through. Shaina knows the hen does not belong to her or the town and is determined to keep Yevka, the hen, safe until Izzy returns. As time passes, Yevka has chicks, who have more chicks, and so on, until the town is overrun with chickens. With wonderful illustrations and a message of doing the right thing when everyone thinks you should do otherwise, this book would be a great springboard for conversations about choi ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, picture, 2012
I loved the charming illustrations but the story itself just missed the mark. Shaina finds a lost chicken and decides to keep it until Izzy Pippik returns. While waiting for the owner to return, Shaina names the hen Yevka, who drives the family crazy with her newly hatched chicks. The chickens take over the town and the townspeople are annoyed with the mess and fuss. The chickens, however, become a novelty and bring visitors and good fortune to the town.

A good choice for chicken read alouds for
When Shaina finds a hen left behind by Izzy Pippik she insists on the hen's safety and all the eggs the hen lays are to be left alone and not touched or eaten because they belong to Izzy. Shaina strongly believes that Izzy will return and collect his hen. An unexpected turn of events happens in the small town as the town gets overwhelmingly crowded with chickens. "Based on an ancient tale from the Babylonian Talmud and the Hadith of the Prophet Mohammed."
Scottsdale Public Library
Shaina, a little girl living in an Old World town, finds a live hen in a crate, left behind at the market. Shaina reasons with her family that because the absent farmer’s name is on the crate, the hen belongs to him, and so should not be eaten by the townsfolk. This logic, in turn, also applies to the hen’s subsequent eggs, chicks, and chicks’ chicks. After some time the town is overrun by clucking, crowing and peeping poultry—but is this a bad thing? - Kate D.
Saunders Awards
Nov 12, 2016 Saunders Awards rated it it was amazing
This story is about integrity, respect, community, local economics, and the importance of not jumping to conclusions. The style of illustration lends well to the feel of the setting. The conflict between ideals and impulsive gratification plays out as the context changes over time. This story is thoughtful while managing to stay entertaining.
Brianna Soloski
May 05, 2013 Brianna Soloski rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Based on a story from the Talmud, this PJ Library book tells the story of Shaina and a hen who gets lost in her town. As time goes by, the hen lays eggs, breeding several generations of chickens. This is definitely geared toward fourth grade+, although it's considered first grade level in PJ Library.
Mar 15, 2012 Lynn rated it liked it
This is a charming and unusual tale that lends itself wonderfully to discussions of honesty and generosity. The flap says it is based on Talmudic and Islamic folklore and it seems to be set in a depression-era European village. The illustrations are fun and I enjoyed tracking the chickens as they multiplied and wandered all over the town.
Apr 02, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A great little folktale about adapting to unexpected events. First there is only one hen who Shaina tries to keep until the owner returns, and by the end there are too many hens and Shaina must find a way to protect all of them.
A gentle story about doing the right thing even when it's unpopular. It went on a bit long, and I think there was a little moral ambiguity about the ultimate ownership of the chickens, since presumably the town was feeding, watering, and protecting the birds, but that's just a quibble.
May 22, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
A stubborn little girl wants to keep a hen that belongs to the mysterious Izzy Pippik who will probably never return. When the hen has chicks who have chicks who have chicks, she insists that they all belong to Izzy Pippik, until the town is overrun with chickens.
Apr 17, 2012 Shelli rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Shaina is one of the most honest, upstanding young girls I have ever read about. Her faith in doing the right thing was touching. One day she found a hen that had been accidentally left by its owner. Shaina was determined to care for that hen until she could reunite it with the owner Izzy Pippik.
May 17, 2012 Ingrid rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is a little long, but a great read aloud for preschoolers who have a more established attention span. Beautifully illustrated, a well-defined cultural and historical setting, a unique plot with a unique message, this book is a sophisticated read.
The Styling Librarian
A Hen for Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis; illustrated by Marie Lafrance, adapted from a story in the Babylonian Talmud - lovely book full of integrity, honesty, and support for a community. Loved the feel of the story. Cute illustrations and special lesson that most students will understand…
Dec 10, 2012 Joenna rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-2nd
A retelling of a traditional folktale, in which Shaina finds Izzy Pippik's hen and decides to care for the animal until its owner comes to get it, but after dozens of eggs begin to hatch and the chicks run amok throughout the town, Shaina will have to fight to protect the birds.
Apr 13, 2014 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A darling book with illustrations to match.
Edward Sullivan
Mar 13, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore
A charming story about one good turn receiving another.
Apr 19, 2013 Margie rated it it was amazing
The honesty of a little girl and the unexpected arrival of a hen change an entire village.

My full review:
May 31, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it
Interesting story. Who would have listened to a kid for that long?!? But the town prospered because they did, so all is well that ends well. The artwork is beautiful!
Aug 03, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-can-press
Pencil and Photoshop
Mar 18, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it
Gorgeous illustrations! And a wonderful, simple story about honesty, purpose, generosity and belonging.
Apr 26, 2012 Alyson rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Love the green chicken.
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I always loved to read. As a boy I had a passion for myths, bible stories, science fiction and Mad magazine. My neighbor was a writer for CBC. Maybe I caught the writing bug from him. I loved to write funny stories. My Grade six teacher liked them. But my Grade eight teacher hated them. So I stopped writing creatively until I was 42.
In 1970, I traveled across Europe and North Africa and discovered
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