Common Sense and Fowls (Hardcover)

By Jane Cutler, Lynne Barasch (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374322625, 144pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2005



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.

Praise For Common Sense and Fowls

"Likeable and interesting characters...Barasch's soft, black-and-white illustrations have the same gentle tone as the text. A small pigeon adorns the right corner of each spread. When the pages are flipped quickly, it takes flight - a nice touch that mirrors the story's own satisfying resolution." -- School Library Journal

"A thought-provoking story." -- Kirkus Reviews