The Rooster Prince of Breslov

ISBN: 0618989749 (ISBN13: 9780618989744)

Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Published September 13, 2010 by Clarion/HMH

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 brought it from Eastern Europe a century ago, this traditional tale is accompanied by strikingly witty and graceful illustrations that add their own folkloric flavor.

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Awards and Recognition

  • National Jewish Book Award for illustrated children’s books
  • Sydney Taylor Notable Book

Reviews

This exuberantly rendered Yiddish folktale is bright in hue and spirit.
(Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

Stampler’s witty retelling and Yelchin’s imaginative…illustrations bring to life this well-loved Yiddish folk tale.
(School Library Journal, starred review)

…infuses the humorous story with deeper meaning…the book is a coming of age story in which the prince learns compassion and good deeds make him human
(Jewish Book World, starred review)