Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Rooster Prince of Brestov by Ann Stampler

Stampler, Ann Redisch.  The Rooster Prince of Brestov.  Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin.  PICTURE BOOK.  Content, PG.  $16.99.  A young prince does not like being spoiled everyday so he decides to undress and pretend to be a rooster.  The royal court cannot convince him otherwise, so they hire an older gentleman to treat his “illness”.  Throughout the week, the older man pretends to be a rooster along side of the prince and they become friends.  As the court brings in different comforts, the young prince sees that the old man might benefit from such things as warm bread, a soft mattress a wool blanket.  By the end of the week the old man and young prince are eating at the table and wearing their clothes again.  The moral of the story is written in the back, that for a teacher to reach his student he must start at his level.  This is a traditional Jewish tale. The illustrations are distorted and exaggerated.  EL, MS - OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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