Common Sense and Fowls

By Jane Cutler; Lynne Barasch (Illustrator)
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374322625, 144pp.)

Publication Date: March 24, 2005

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What is a community without heart?

Uh-oh! - Mrs. Krnc is at it again! Rachel and her younger friend Brian know that their other neighbor Mr. Gioia is going to be especially unhappy about Mrs. Krnc feeding the pigeons because he has repeatedly asked her not to. Rachel and Brian can't help wondering if it is because she is unwilling or because she doesn't understand English. Soon the whole neighborhood, led by Mr. Gioia, is up in arms and devises a plan to have Mrs. Krnc forcibly removed from her home. Rachel and Brian ask Great-Uncle Benson for help, but even he seems stumped. The two friends come up with a plan of their own that ultimately proves there are many different ways to communicate and it is possible to find a solution that works for everyone.

Humorous drawings accompany this thought-provoking chapter book.

About the Author

Jane Cutler is the author of numerous children's books, including Family Dinner, which features the same characters as in this book. She lives in San Francisco, California.

Lynne Barasch is the author and illustrator of many picture books, most recently A Country Schoolhouse. She lives in New York City.

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