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One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big…
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One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference

by Katie Smith Milway, Eugenie Fernandes (Illustrator)

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Based on a true story, tells of how a poor Ghanaian boy buys a chicken through a community loan program, which eventually helps lift him, his mother, and his community out of poverty.
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Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, 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. This story tells how from one hen, Kojo built the largest poultry farm 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. The final pages of One Hen explain the microloan system and include a list of relevant organizations for children to explore.
  wichitafriendsschool | Jun 11, 2018 |
This book shows how giving just one small think so someone in need can make a big difference.
  maddybates | Jun 6, 2017 |
Summary:
This book is about a boy in Africa.He got a piece of loan and bought a hen then the hen made some chickens. In this way, he got more and more eggs and chickens and finally he got enough money to go to the school. That piece of loan changed his whole life.

Genre:
It's a contemporary fiction since it tells the story in a real life time in Africa but although All the characters, plots can happen in the real life the characters and that story about the loan changed the boys life was created by the author.

Critiques:
1. The images of this book are done in very nice paints,showing the view of Africa.
2. The words and the theme of this story is clear for readers to understand. Good logic in plots.
3. The story of the boy may encourage students to think how to make a small thing play the biggest role by knowledge.

Comments on use
Good for teachers to read aloud on 3th or higher grade.
  LaurieZeng | Apr 10, 2017 |
This story really shows how far one can go because of hard work and perseverance. It shows how a single person can help to make their community a better place. This would be a great addition to lessons on community businesses and economics.
  kimhumphrey22 | Apr 13, 2016 |
Summary: This book is about a young man in an African village who uses what little money he has to buy a hen. He uses the hen to sell eggs and eventually has enough money to buy more hens. He begins to sell more and more eggs until he gets an education. He then uses his new knowledge on marketing to take a loan to buy a farm and sell his own eggs from all of the hens he has. He ends up attending college and giving back to his small village.

Personal reflection: This book is very beneficial in teaching concepts like loans and banks. It also includes many economical concepts that are very important for students to know, like paying back loans and giving back to your community. The values in this book also reflect determination and the importance of saving money and using it for secure plans, and generosity.

Class use: I could use this book in the classroom as an informational text on units about money and checking and banking. Loans are important in the real world so I think that is where my focus would lie for this book. I could use it in a text set on the importance of education and schooling as well.
  MelissaKlatt | Apr 22, 2015 |
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