Synopses & Reviews
Yetta, beautiful Yetta, manages to escape from the butchers shop. But now she is lost in Brooklyn—a strange place filled with rude rats and dangerous buses!
But then, brave Yetta saves a small green bird from a sneaky cat, and his friends, the wild parrots of Brooklyn, are very grateful.
¡Muchas gracias, gallina hermosa!
¡mooCHAS grahSEEas, gahYEEna ehrMOsa!
Thank you very much, beautiful chicken!
Has beautiful Yetta found her new home?
Inspired by real events, this multilingual story is a witty, warm, and wonderful read-aloud for any age.
Comely and organic Yetta the chicken seems destined for a Jewish family's Sabbath table. But Yetta is also brave and clever and when the opportunity for escape comes her way she grabs it. "She will not be soup. She will not be roasted chicken on a Friday night. She is free. She is in Brooklyn" writes Daniel Pinkwater in solemn deadpan mode. The mean streets test Yetta's mettle but her innate heroism and cat chasing skills eventually win her a new life as den mother to Brooklyn's Spanish speaking community of wild parrots ("Por favor que´date con nosotros gallina hermosa" coos one. "Please stay with us beautiful chicken!"). Jill Pinkwater's illustrations don't have a lot of visual heft Yetta's inner strength is never fully articulated and the compositions lack a strong focus. But there's still plenty of fun to be had and the Pinkwaters are to be applauded for expanding readers' Yiddish lexicon beyond simple phrases like "Gevalt!" ("Oh dear!") to such delicious constructions as "Gay ahvek du fahrshtunkehneh kahtz! ("Go away you stinky cat!) which appear in English and Yiddish characters along with pronunciations. Ages 3–7. (June) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Praise for Beautiful Yetta, the Yiddish Chicken
: "...breathlessly ingenuous narration...A delicious, loopy romp to savor whether its Friday or not. Truly!" --Kirkus Reviews,
STARRED "A warm twist on the immigration story that celebrates the richness of urban diversity"--Booklist
This story speaks to the child whos new to a country, new to a neighborhood, or who simply finds himself on the outside looking for a way in. Yetta may be out of her element, but she knows who she is and acts with confidence. Brava!” --Shelf Awareness
Praise for Beautiful Yetta, the YiddishChicken
: "A warm twist on the immigration story that celebrates the richness of urban diversity"--Booklist
Praise for Beautiful Yetta:
“It's classic Pinkwater: funny, weird, touching, and all about the joys of being sideways to reality...Daniel Pinkwater is a genius.” —Corey Doctorow
“Fresh and nostalgic, the story is told in three languages—English, Yiddish (Yetta's native tongue, so to speak) and Spanish (those real-life Brooklyn parrots had to come from somewhere). Pluck is really the name of the game.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
“Dedicated fans of the Pinkwaters will appreciate the offbeat, wry humor, as will those interested in the many urban legends surrounding Brooklyns flocks of wild parrots.” —School Library Journal
“An irreverent picture book that ingeniously combines three languages…Part immigrant story, part language lesson, and consistently fun, the Pinkwaters newest tale reminds children that if you are confident in who you are and where you come from, friends will never be far away.” —Jewish Journal of Los Angeles
"The real entertainment derives from the polyglot nature of the avians here…While occasionally theres a little joke in the translation itself (Yettas hearty “Gevalt!” is translated demurely as “Oh, dear”), this isnt so much humor of misunderstanding as humor of the widely, even linguistically, divergent joining forces (the parrots awed Spanish exclamations about Yettas astounding beauty are deliciously absurd).” —BCCB
"Jill Pinkwater's hues squawk off the spacious pages with riotous energy, while unexpected shapes and perspectives rev up the action… what a find!” —Horn Book Magazine
“One of the most charming, huggable books Ive ever read.” —Hudson Valley News
“plenty of fun to be had…the Pinkwaters are to be applauded for expanding readers' Yiddish lexicon beyond simple phrases.” —Publishers Weekly
"...breathlessly ingenuous narration...A delicious, loopy romp to savor whether its Friday or not. Truly!" —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A warm twist on the immigration story that celebrates the richness of urban diversity.” —Booklist
“This story speaks to the child whos new to a country, new to a neighborhood, or who simply finds himself on the outside looking for a way in. Yetta may be out of her element, but she knows who she is and acts with confidence. Brava!” —Shelf Awareness
Inspired by real events, this story told in English, Spanish, and Yiddish is a witty, warm, and beautiful tale about an escaped chicken who finds adventure and love in Brooklyn. Full color.
About the Author
Daniel Pinkwater is the author and sometimes illustrator of more than 80 (and counting) wildly popular books. These books include 5 Novels, The Yggyssey, Lizard Music and Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl. He is also an occasional commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and appears regularly on Weekend Edition Saturday, where he reviews exceptional kids' books with host Scott Simon. Daniel also contributes to Wondertime, and has in the past been spotted on the pages of The New York Times Magazine, OMNI, and many other fine publications. In collaboration with Tony Auth, Daniel wrote an unfortunately short-lived comic strip, NORB, which was critically acclaimed by Jules Feiffer and Chaim Potok, and no one else. (It was really good, though.) Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Pinkwater grew up in Memphis, Chicago and Los Angeles, and studied art at Bard College. He lives in New York.