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The Impudent Rooster Hardcover – April 12, 2004

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Kindergarten-Grade 4-This vibrantly illustrated adaptation of a traditional story describes how loyalty can triumph over adversity. A poor elderly man has only his beloved rooster for company. One day, however, he speaks harshly to him, and the bird leaves "not knowing or caring where he went." He finds a small purse of coins but a greedy nobleman steals it. The rooster runs after the rich man, who tries to drown, burn, starve, and trample the rooster, but the fowl keeps finding a way out of each situation, growing larger as he swallows his enemy's treasure and cattle. The rooster finally regains the coin purse. He returns to the old man, who greets him with joy, and the two live richly, and happily ever after. The fast-paced action and a repeated refrain ("Cucurigu, my great lord!/Give back the pennies you stole") will grab readers' attention. The language flows smoothly and reads aloud well. The large folk-art paintings, done in watercolors and colored pencils, depict brightly clothed characters, detailed backdrops, and a hero who grows in stature along with his deeds.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT
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PreS-Gr. 2. Adapting her tale from a Romanian story by Ion Creanga, Rascol tells about a small, brave rooster, driven from the farmyard, who grows powerful as he defeats an evil nobleman and brings riches back home to the poor farmer. The greedy nobleman tries everything to get rid of the pesky upstart. He throws the rooster down a well, but the rooster drinks all the water and flies out. He tosses the bird in a fiery oven, but the rooster spews out all the water he drank and puts out the flames. The rooster swallows coins, and he swallows the barnyard animals. Finally, he brings everything home to make the poor farmer rich. The standoffs, chases, and the refrain ("What could the rooster do?") are great for storytellers, and the clear, dramatic, very bright pictures in folk-art style, showing the small creature swelling up until he fills the double-page spread, can be used with a small group. Children will appreciate the farmyard farce about the small, noisy creature who refuses to be intimidated in a giant world. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; First Edition edition (April 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525471790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525471790
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,163,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Clement on September 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Beginning with the middle word in its title, The Impudent Rooster contains language that challenges, entertains, and doesn't talk down to children. The rooster's poor master is "humiliated" by his poverty; the scolded rooster "lurched" through the gate; he meets a nobleman who had "amassed" his wealth dishonestly. The rich words are matched by detailed folk art which perfectly captures the beauty and flavor of rural Romania, a country I lived in for nine years. The rooster even crows in Romanian-"Cucurigu!" This book is a great cultural experience and a wholesome, fun read, and that's why I'm buying copies as gifts for friends and family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M101 on February 24, 2010
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This is a great classic Romanian story, every child in Romania knows it as "Punguta cu doi bani" ( The two penny purse). It is a wonderful story of courage and determination.
This edition is astonishing, especially for the beautiful illustrations!
Every page in the book is so meticulously researched: authentic Romanian folk costumes,landscapes,houses, traditional designs of pottery! So many beautiful surprises! At the same time it is whimsical enough to attract the attention of little kids!
The text is enticing for 4-10 year olds and close to the original story, makes for a great gift!
Wonderful team, illustrator and storyteller,
can we have more?!
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Cucurigu, my great lord. Give back the pennies you stole. A fun fairy tale, in the vein of 5 Chinese brothers.
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By Klausica on July 12, 2005
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A superbly illustrated and wonderfully written Romanian folk tale, worthy of a larger, international audience. A great hit with my 4 year old son!
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By Justine on June 29, 2008
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This pleasingly- illustrated tale should be a staple for a kid's bookshelf. Nice break from Disney and Spongebob and a sweet, satisfying story.
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