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


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)