Carrie (envinoveritas)'s Reviews > One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference

One Hen by Katie Smith Milway
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Oct 05, 10

bookshelves: 2010, childrens-lit-picture-books
Read in October, 2010

Synopsis of book:

Based on a true story, One Hen is about a young Ghana boy named Kojo who wants to change his future. The book explains economics of small, impoverished communities and how they begin to prosper through a concept called micro-lending. One Hen is inspirational in that even a young boy can impact an entire community.

How I would use this in my classroom:

This book would be an excellent introduction to African culture and communities. There are many opportunities within the story to ask prompting questions and even make connections to math concepts. (For example, how many eggs did Kojo need to sell to buy a second hen?) The story could influence a student led service learning project or even simply inspiring a report on communities in other countries.

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