A German legend hundreds of years old has been translated for folk tale fanciers by Doris Orgel. It concerns the fortunes and misfortunes of Gockel, Hinkel and their daughter Gackeliah as well as a host of animal characters who ""people"" their lives. Poor and discouraged, the family of three are transformed into a wealthy and noble group after killing the wise old rooster, Alcktryo. The ring of Solomon encased originally in the rooster's throat is responsible for this change of fate as well as for a number of subsequent miraculous acts. The story is written in language suitable for teenagers, though a few younger children may be able to listen to it with comprehension, despite the formal terminology, scattered verse and some difficult concepts.