One Hen (Hardcover)
How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (CitizenKid)
Kids Can Press, 9781554530281, 32pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2008
After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen.
A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings Kojo is able to return to school. Soon Kojo's farm grows to become the largest in the region.
Kojo's story is inspired by the life of Kwabena Darko, who as a boy started a tiny poultry farm just like Kojo's, which later grew to be the largest in Ghana, and one of the largest in west Africa. Kwabena also started a trust that gives out small loans to people who cannot get a loan from a bank.
One Hen shows what happens when a little help makes a big difference. The final pages of One Hen explain the microloan system and include a list of relevant organizations for children to explore.
One Hen is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.
About the Author
Eugenie Fernandes is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. Her many works include the Little Mouse series, Earth Magic, One Hen and Kitten's Spring. She lives in southern Ontario.
Praise For One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (CitizenKid)…
One Hen is emotionally affecting, as well as informative ...—Vancouver Sun
Fernandes's large acrylic paintings ... include numerous details ... [and] spark the imagination. This distinguished book will enhance many curriculum areas.—School Library Journal, Starred Review
Extremely appealing ... beautifully illustrated in acrylics by award-winning artist Eugenie Fernandes ... Highly recommended ...—Canadian Children's Book News
Bright acrylics fill this spirited picture book ... a pleasing ... purposeful tale about change and hope.—San Francisco Chronicle
An inviting text and bright acrylic artwork on oversize pages follow Kojo, a rural Ashanti boy, as he builds a poultry farm with a small loan.—School Library Journal, Starred Review
... the beneficial effects of small loans and small projects are thoughtfully and carefully explained in the extensive text ... Acrylic illustrations are vivid and lively ...—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
... encourages children ages 7 and up to think about the power we each have to initiate positive changes in the world.—Breitbart
... a powerful tale about the value of offering a hand up, instead of a hand out ...—Todays Parent
... Kojo's story, with its vibrant illustrations, will plant more than the germ of an idea in the minds of young readers.—Globe and Mail
The text and visuals work individually and together to create a compelling story that is simple without being simplistic and that avoids patronizing attitudes ... the book accomplishes the rare feat of entertaining and educating ... likely to be a hit with both kids and teachers.—Quill & Quire, Starred Review
The vibrant folkish art by Eugenie Fernandes bursts with color and texture and enhances this uplifting tale of the power of giving someone a chance.—Detroit Free Press