THE ROOSTER PRINCE OF BRESLOV by Ann Redisch Stampler
Kirkus Star

THE ROOSTER PRINCE OF BRESLOV

Age Range: 4 - 7
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

This exuberantly rendered Yiddish folktale is bright in hue and spirit. In Breslov lives a prince who has “more than he wanted. When he was hungry for a scrap of bread, he got a slice of cake dripping with honey.” One day, he’s simply done: He rips off his clothing, squats down and crows like a rooster. He won’t speak or eat meals at table. Doctors and magicians fail at cures. Then a bent old man arrives and joins the prince as fellow rooster—also clucking, also naked, sleeping on the cold floor. Step by step, he enlists the boy’s previously untapped thoughtfulness (“maybe a nice old rooster could sleep on [a mattress]”) to carry them together from rooster habits to a very human Sabbath supper with candles and blessings. Gouache primary colors dominate, given depth by watery pinks, dark greens and black graphite outlines. Yelchin’s half-satiric figures pitch exaggeratedly forward, the rooster postures comically extreme. Stampler’s touching note demonstrates this layered tale’s openness to multiple interpretations. (author’s note) (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-618-98974-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2010




2010 BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS: BOOKS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS:

ChildrenBEAVER IS LOST by Elisha Cooper
by Elisha Cooper
ChildrenIN THE WILD by David Elliott
by David Elliott
ChildrenTHE RABBIT PROBLEM by Emily Gravett
by Emily Gravett

MORE BY ANN REDISCH STAMPLER

ChildrenTHE CATS ON BEN YEHUDA STREET by Ann Redisch Stampler
by Ann Redisch Stampler
ChildrenTHE WOODEN SWORD by Ann Redisch Stampler
by Ann Redisch Stampler

MORE BY EUGENE YELCHIN

ChildrenELEPHANT IN THE DARK by Mina Javaherbin
by Mina Javaherbin
ChildrenCRYBABY by Karen Beaumont
by Karen Beaumont
ChildrenWON TON AND CHOPSTICK by Lee Wardlaw
by Lee Wardlaw
ChildrenBREAKING STALIN'S NOSE by Eugene Yelchin
by Eugene Yelchin

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenLET IT SHINE by Ashley  Bryan
by Ashley Bryan
ChildrenRABBI BENJAMIN'S BUTTONS by Alice B. McGinty
by Alice B. McGinty