When the Chickens Went on Strike by Erica Silverman

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One Rosh Hashanah, a boy overhears some chickens planning a strike. They are sick of being used for Kapores, the New Year custom in which people swing a live chicken over their heads, hoping to erase their bad deeds. When all of the chickens run away, the women try to coax them back with grain, the men try to get them back with force, and the rabbi tries to negotiate. Finally the boy pleads, "Without Kapores, I will never be able to make my papa proud." A chicken responds, "Boychick, for this you need a chicken?" This amusing and telling story about wise chickens and foolish villagers will be enjoyed by anyone who has ever wanted to be a better person.

adapted by Erica Silverman
from a tale by Sholom Aleichem
illustrated by Matthew Trueman

About Erica Silverman

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Erica Silverman is the author of several picture books, including Raisel's Riddle. Matthew Trueman has done illustration work for various book and magazine publishers. This is his first picture book.
Published January 1, 2003 by Dutton/Penguin. 27 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Silverman adapts a story from Sholom Aleichem featuring Kapores, the old Eastern European Jewish ceremonial custom of twirling a chicken in order to erase one’s bad deeds on the last day of Rosh Hashanah.

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You really scared those chickens," the women scoff when the men return with beards and coats in tatters, thoroughly routed by the chickens.) But the absurdity of the plot gives way to an eminently rational and even profound resolution, wherein the boy, interrogated by a chicken, realizes that he ...

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