Beautiful Yetta

The Yiddish Chicken

By Daniel Manus Pinkwater; Jill Pinkwater (Illustrator)
Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9780312558246, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 25, 2010

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Yetta, beautiful Yetta, manages to escape from the butcher's shop. But now she is lost in Brooklyn--a strange place filled with rude rats and dangerous buses


Oh, dear

But then, brave Yetta saves a small green bird from a sneaky cat, and his friends, the wild parrots of Brooklyn, are very grateful.

Muchas gracias, gallina hermosa

mooCHAS grahSEEas, gahYEEna ehrMOsa

Thank you very much, beautiful chicken

Has beautiful Yetta found her new home?

Inspired by real events, this multilingual story is a witty, warm, and wonderful read-aloud for any age.

About the Author
Daniel Pinkwater is crazy about writing, and has been trying to learn how to do it for fifty years. He has written about a hundred books, all but two or three of them good. People who own radios may know Daniel Pinkwater as a popular commentator and children's book reviewer on National Public Radio. At one time, he lived in Los Angeles, went to a fancy private school with the children of movie stars, and ate in The Hat numerous times. He lives with his wife, the illustrator and novelist Jill Pinkwater, and several dogs and cats in a very old farmhouse in New York's Hudson River Valley.Jill Pinkwater is an award-winning author and illustrator who has collaborated with Daniel Pinkwater on many fine books, including "The Hoboken Chicken Emergency" and "Beautiful Yetta's Hanukkah Kitten". They've also worked together on "Superpuppy," the world's best guide to owning and caring for a canine companion. Comprising the collection of much-loved novels Jill has written are "Cloud Horse", "The Disappearance of Sister Perfect", "Buffalo Brenda", "Tails of the Bronx", and "Mr. Fred".

Praise For Beautiful Yetta

“It's classic Pinkwater: funny, weird, touching, and all about the joys of being sideways to reality...Daniel Pinkwater is a genius.” --Corey Doctorow


“Fresh and nostalgic, the story is told in three languages - English, Yiddish (Yetta's native tongue, so to speak) and Spanish (those real-life Brooklyn parrots had to come from somewhere). Pluck is really the name of the game.” --The San Francisco Chronicle


Dedicated fans of the Pinkwaters will appreciate the offbeat, wry humor, as will those interested in the many urban legends surrounding Brooklyn’s flocks of wild parrots.”--School Library Journal


“An irreverent picture book that ingeniously combines three languages…Part immigrant story, part language lesson, and consistently fun, the Pinkwaters’ newest tale reminds children that if you are confident in who you are and where you come from, friends will never be far away.” --Jewish Journal of Los Angeles


"The real entertainment derives from the polyglot nature of the avians here…While occasionally there’s a little joke in the translation itself (Yetta’s hearty “Gevalt!” is translated demurely as “Oh, dear”), this isn’t so much humor of misunderstanding as humor of the widely, even linguistically, divergent joining forces (the parrots’ awed Spanish exclamations about Yetta’s astounding beauty are deliciously absurd).” --BCCB


"Jill Pinkwater's hues squawk off the spacious pages with riotous energy, while unexpected shapes and perspectives rev up the action… what a find!”--Horn Book Magazine


One of the most charming, huggable books I’ve ever read.”--Hudson Valley News


plenty of fun to be had…the Pinkwaters are to be applauded for expanding readers' Yiddish lexicon beyond simple phrases.”--Publishers Weekly


"...breathlessly ingenuous narration...A delicious, loopy romp to savor whether it’s Friday or not. Truly!" --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review


A warm twist on the immigration story that celebrates the richness of urban diversity.”--Booklist

“This story speaks to the child who’s new to a country, new to a neighborhood, or who simply finds himself on the outside looking for a way in. Yetta may be out of her element, but she knows who she is and acts with confidence. Brava!” --Shelf Awareness

Saturday, Aug 14, 2010

Daniel Pinkwater, Scott Simon, Liane Hansen and Sarah Beyer Kelly read from Pinkwater's new multilingual children's book, Beautiful Yetta. The book tells the heartwarming story of a Yiddish chicken who escapes from the butcher's shop and finds herself in Brooklyn, where she runs into unfriendly pigeons, Spanish-speaking parrots and much, much more. More at

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