The Rooster Prince of Breslov
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The Rooster Prince of Breslov

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This picture book brings a light touch and engaging silliness to the story of a prince who rejects the lavish luxury of his upbringing in favor of a life as . . . a rooster. The only person who can persuade the prince to reconsider is neither a doctor nor a magician but a wise teacher who is willing to become a rooster too. Told to the author by her grandmother, who brough...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 13th 2010 by Clarion Books
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A young prince is fed up with getting more than he wants and turns into a rooster. The king and queen are beside themselves with this strange turn of events and offer a gold reward to anyone that can fix him. After several failed attempts, an old man spends 7 days with the young rooster to help him return to his regular self, the prince. In the author’s note we learn that this is another remake of a well-known Yiddish folktale and that this folktale’s purpose is to teach a moral lesson. The less...more
Nancy Jo Lambert
This traditional Jewish tale is a good telling. The illustrations are good and the story has the right amount of silliness and the right amount of wisdom.

I enjoyed the book and I think kids will like it.
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When the prince decided to leave the splendor of his life as royalty behind and become a rooster, only one man could save him. The king and queen had tried doctors and magicians, but nothing worked. Only one old man was left to try. The old man joined the prince in his fantasy, also acting like a rooster by removing his clothes and pecking at the floor. This went on for a day. At the end of the second day, the old man pointed to two mattresses that had been placed in the room and asked the princ...more
This book is good for all ages but ESPECIALLY for teachers! This Yiddish folktale has a great moral: "...for a teacher to raise his student to the heights of spiritual ecstasy, that teacher must approach the student at the student's own level, no matter how low" (the author, Ann Redisch Stampler). All students must go through a developmental process no matter how privileged he/she is. The prince in this book got everything he glanced at (plus much more) until he one day yelled for it all to stop...more
I enjoyed this folktale quite a bit. In it, the young prince is overwhelmed with more then he ever wants and so he rejects it all by deciding he will be a rooster. His parents try everything to save him, but he is only cured by an old man who joins him in acting like a rooster. A very nice tale, but somewhat icky with naked old man in lots of pictures (though nothing inappropriate is shown it is still icky) I especially liked the afterword about the history of this yiddish tale and how it encour...more
Pamela ☼where's my aspirin☼ Tee
"You're right! replied the old man. "It's the way you treated a cold, hungry, achy old rooster that makes you a man. For it was you, Your Majesty, who wrapped me in a blanket and shared you Sabbath feast with an old traveler."

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 whimsica...more
Here you have the tale of a prince who claims he's a rooster but is transformed through his interactions with a wise man who pretends to be a rooster. This is great teaching in action -- stooping down to your student's level to raise them up. The author probably didn't have this in mind, but it strikes me as very biblical as well. In Christianity, you have a God who stooped down to our level, became a little babe, in order to raise up and redeem all who accept and believe in Him.
THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE AMAZING!! Eugene Yelchin does a remarkable job illustrating this classic folk tale. Fun images with lots of humor and Amazing colors and design.
TRuly creative in his approach. Enjoy!
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I keep finding books that I have read this year and have forgotten to mark. *sigh* And this was a good one. A good one to have in a folktale collection.
Smart, silly, accurate looking Jewish pictures, good folktale about human connections and values
Melissa Messner
I enjoyed this book and thought it was beautifully done.
Edward Sullivan
Charming retelling of a Yiddish folktale.
Lisbeth Solberg
A Yiddish folktale about what makes us human.
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Where it Began marks the YA debut of Ann Redisch Stampler. She is the author of several picture books, including The Rooster Prince of Breslov. Her books have been an Aesop Accolade winner, Sydney Taylor notable books and an honor book, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist and winner, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year. Ann has two adult children and lives in Los Angeles, California with her...more
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