39th out of 62 books — 19 voters
The Rooster and the Fox
by Helen Ward
Chantlcleer the rooster had a dream about a terrible beast. "Ears and nose and teeth...all sharply pointed!" And then, early one morning, something foxy creeps into the cabbage patch, and waits... This time around, Helen Ward has chosen an ancient tale--one featured in Chaucer's The Nun's Priest's Tale--but is most likely of 12th century French origin. The illustrations fe...more
Published January 16th 2003 by Millbrook Press
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At first, I wasn't sure about this book. Some of the language confused me a little bit. But I was soon on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen to the poor rooster. The pictures are very realistic looking, and the pages were so eye cathching. My little niece doesn't read much yet, but this was the only book she wanted me to read to her. She was so entranced by the pictures. On some of the pages, the writing was not just written left to right, it swirled accross the page. I also...more
The story started off slow, I wasn't sure where it was going to go. But I enjoyed the story line and the moral at the end of the story. The moral being that you should not show off just because your're the best at something, not everyone wants to see you show off. But it also shows that you're true friends will be there for you know matter what. The illustrations were very detialed and helped paint a better story of what the words were saying. I thought it was cool how on some of the pages the t...more
Dec 22, 2010 Logan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Another gorgeously illustrated and humorous retelling of a fable by Helen Ward. I checked out everything I could by her from the library after reading "Unwittingg Wisdom." To my dismay, many of her books are illustrated by other (and in my opinion, lesser) illustrators. I was happy to find this one though, which has the same stunningly detailed pictures, full of movement and wit. Logan is loving fables and folk tales right now and we got a several laughs from this one.
I think this book was very cute with a good simple story that would be fun to read aloud to a class. The moral at the end about being aware of false flattery from others is a strong and good one to remember, not just for kids, but for adults as well. I also like the dialogue between all of the animals throughout the story. Overall, I think this was just a fairly simple, yet very cute little story.
Helen Ward won the first Walker Prize for Children’s Illustration and twice won the British National Art Library Award. She has also been short-listed for the 2003 Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in Gloucestershire, England.More about Helen Ward...