Can Hens Give Milk?

Joan Bet­ty Stuch­n­er; Joe Weiss­man, illus.

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By – November 7, 2011

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.

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