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Author: Milwat, Katie Smith
Illustrator: Fernandes, Eugenie
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Year Published: 2008
ISBN: 978-1-55453-028-1
Grades: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9

One Hen

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One Hen is an excellent resource that relates, in general, to the Global Connections strand in Alberta’s Social Studies curriculum, and more specifically to the Global Citizenship unit in Grade 3. It demonstrates how one small boy and one small loan can make a difference to a community. The concrete examples in this story, based on a true story, make the financial concept of microlending accessible to elementary school children. Young Kojo received one small loan from his village to buy one brown hen. He sold the eggs until he paid back the loan, saved enough to buy more hens, and finally had enough saved to go back to school. Eventually, he expanded his chicken farm to be the biggest poultry operation in West Africa. It all started with a good idea, and a small loan that made it come try. It all started with one hen. _x000D_
One Hen is one of 12 books in the CitizenKid series that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. Other title in the series are Razia’s Ray of Hope, Planet Ark, Mimi’s Village, If the World Were a Village, If America Were A Village, Tree of Life, How to Build Your Own Country, The Good Garden, This Child Every Child, One Well, Ryan and Jimmy.



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