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The Rooster Prince of Breslov Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 13, 2010
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Gr 1-3–When the prince rips off his clothes and insists on crouching naked on the floor and crowing like a rooster, the king and queen offer a bag of gold to anyone who can cure him. The doctor, the magicians, and the sorcerers all fail. Yet a frail old man with a very peculiar plan turns the rooster prince into a real mensch, full of compassion and ready to become a wise and benevolent king. Stampler's witty retelling and Yelchin's imaginative, graphite and gouache illustrations bring to life this well-loved Yiddish folktale from Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810). Children will enjoy picking up on the visual clues that reveal the old man's plan. An author's note provides background information. With more creativity and humor, the text and illustrations are far superior to Izzi Tooinsky's The Turkey Prince (Viking, 2001) and Sydell Waxman's The Rooster Prince (Pitspopany, 2000). Perfect for reading aloud.Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL
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"Yelchin's self-satiric figures pitch exaggeratedly forward, the rooster postures comically extreme. Stampler' touching note demonstrates this layered tale' openness to multiple interpretations."--Kirkus, starred review
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The central task of childhood is to grow beyond the self, beyond infantile egocentricity. Stampler's version of the rooster prince story recognizes this and suggests a Jewish model of how this goal may be achieved. She tells the story of an alienated child whose sense of self has been impeded by over-indulgent parents. Eugene Yelchin's illustrations express the psychological depths of the story through images that are more archetypal than realistic. All of the human characters are comical looking and slightly distorted, shown from odd angles and perspectives. The skinny, red-headed turkey prince and the grizzled old man who convinces him to return to humankind are usually naked, but artfully posed by the illustrator to preserve modesty. Many of the double page spreads resemble stage sets, reflecting Yelchin's work in the theatre. Through its harmony of words and illustrations, this version of an oft-told tale is strikingly original. For Kdg. - Gr. 4. Highly recommended. Winner of a 2010 National Jewish Book Award.
Linda R. Silver
I love this story of a prince who has-it-all, and yet doesn't have enough. What does he lack? Simply the chance to share and give to others.
This traditional Jewish tale will have kids smiling and thinking. It's a great read-aloud. And Eugene Yelchin's whimsical artwork is both colorful and intriguing.
This book is a great read aloud for younger children...and older ones will enjoy guessing what comes next as the illustrator has cleverly planted clues on each page. The illustrations, by the way, are bright, bold, and altogether unique.
As a teacher and parent, I highly recommend this book...kids will love the humor and the happy ending and parents will appreciate the gentle lesson in what makes a man ready for leadership.