|aThe rooster prince of Breslov |cby Ann Redisch Stampler ; illustrated by Eugene Yelchin.
|aBoston |bClarion Books|c2010.
|a1 v. (unpaged) |bcol. ill. |c29 cm.
|aThe illustrations were executed in graphite and gouache on watercolor paper.--P. facing title page.
|aIn this variation of a Yiddish folktale, a spoiled prince has a fit and assumes the speech and mannerisms of a rooster until he is locked in a room for seven days with a frail grizzled old man. Includes author's note on the origin and meaning of the tale.
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. Author's note.
Ann Redisch Stampler is an author and folklorist who has written several picture books based on Jewish folklore. She lives in Los Angeles. Eugene Yelchin is a Russian-born painter and illustrator. The Rooster Prince of Breslov is his first project for Clarion Books. He lives in California with his family. His web site is www.eugeneyelchinbooks.com.