Katie Smith Milway, a native of Vancouver, B.C., has coordinated community development programs in Africa and Latin America for Food for the Hungry; consulted on village banking in Senegal with World Vision and was a delegate to the 1992 Earth Summit. She has written books and articles on sustainable development and is currently a partner at nonprofit consultancy The Bridgespan Group, based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Eugenie Fernandes is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. Her many works include the Little Mouse series, Earth Magic, One Hen and Kitten's Spring. She lives in southern Ontario.
... a powerful tale about the value of offering a hand up, instead
of a hand out ...--Todays Parent
... encourages children ages 7 and up to think about the power we each have to initiate positive changes in the world.--Breitbart
... the beneficial effects of small loans and small projects are thoughtfully and carefully explained in the extensive text ... Acrylic illustrations are vivid and lively ...--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
... Kojo's inspiring, upbeat microfinance story makes the economic concept easy to grasp and admire. Sunny acrylic illustrations [and]impressionistic full-page art ...--Booklist
... Kojo's story, with its vibrant illustrations, will plant more than the germ of an idea in the minds of young readers.--Globe and Mail
An inviting text and bright acrylic artwork on oversize pages follow Kojo, a rural Ashanti boy, as he builds a poultry farm with a small loan.--School Library Journal, Starred Review
Bright acrylics fill this spirited picture book ... a pleasing ... purposeful tale about change and hope.--San Francisco Chronicle
Extremely appealing ... beautifully illustrated in acrylics by award-winning artist Eugenie Fernandes ... Highly recommended ...--Canadian Children's Book News
Fernandes's large acrylic paintings ... include numerous details ... [and] spark the imagination. This distinguished book will enhance many curriculum areas.--School Library Journal, Starred Review
One Hen is emotionally affecting, as well as informative ...--Vancouver Sun
The text and visuals work individually and together to create a compelling story that is simple without being simplistic and that avoids patronizing attitudes ... the book accomplishes the rare feat of entertaining and educating ... likely to be a hit with both kids and teachers.--Quill & Quire, Starred Review
The vibrant folkish art by Eugenie Fernandes bursts with color and texture and enhances this uplifting tale of the power of giving someone a chance.--Detroit Free Press