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.
This beautifully illustrated tale was adapted from a story by the great Yiddish author, Sholem Aleichem whose work forms the basis of Fiddler on the Roof.
Award: CBC-Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers 2004 Ages 4-8, but the whole family will enjoy!