Can Hens Give Milk? is a brand new, old-fashioned folktale straight from the town of Chelm. And what a delightful tale it is! Tova and her family live on a farm filled with hens and a rooster. They have plenty of eggs, but Tova’s mother wants fresh milk and butter. Alas, the family cannot afford to buy a cow. When Tova’s father dreams about cows giving milk, he turns to Tova to figure out how to substitute their hens for the cows. “Cows give milk because they eat grass,” advises little Tova, and the fun begins. Getting the hens to eat grass is no easy task and one uproarious plan after another fails. Tova finally brings in the Rabbi from Chelm and he helps solve the mystery in a way that is udderly hysterical. Children will enjoy watching this family try to do the impossible, cheering Tova and her family on, all the while knowing they can’t succeed because, after all, hens can’t give milk. Or can they? The delightful illustrations created by Joe Weissman (illustrator for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat) add to the humor and enjoyment.
Marcia Berneger is a retired teacher who lives with her husband and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and second grade, as well as special education. She currently teaches Torah school, in addition to her volunteer work in classrooms, libraries, and with various fundraisers. She lives in San Diego.