Ruler of the Courtyard by Rukhsana Khan

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Is it just Saba, or do chickens scare everyone? The chickens in her yard are especially mean, chasing her and pecking at her toes. But when she sees a snake in the bathhouse, Saba realizes that chickens aren't her only problem. She has to act fast to protect herself and her nani, her grandma, from the snake. Can she conquer the chickens and the snake to become the Ruler of the Courtyard? Does she really have to conquer them at all?

Set in Pakistan, this suspenseful picture book has text that is ideal for reading out loud, and award-winning illustrator R. Gregory Christie's bold and imaginative illustrations will captivate readers and bring Saba to life.

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Published March 24, 2003 by Viking Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A spiral snake shape adorns the back cover, snake-like forms decorate the text, and even the road to Saba’s house is snake-like.

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Saba has always been afraid of the bossy chickens that chase her through the courtyard of her family's Pakistani home: "Bony beaks, razor claws, with glittery eyes that wonder, wonder as they watch me, how easy it would be to make me scream."

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