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The rooster and the fox
Ward, Helen, 1962-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
An adaptation of the "Nun's priest's tale" from the Canterbury tales.

A Templar book"--Verso, t.p.

Originally published in Great Britain by Templar Publishing, 2002.
Reading Level:
AD 600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 88515.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 1 Quiz: 34365 Guided reading level: F.

Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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PZ8.2.W285 RO 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
PZ8.2.W285 RO 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8.2.W285 RO 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ8.2.W285 RO 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8.2.W285 RO 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This time around. Helen Ward has chosen an ancient tale which features many rare breeds of farm animals, all of which are superbly illustrated and described in an appendix.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 3. Graceful language, impressive watercolor artwork, and high-quality paper and printing characterize this elegant prose adaptation of a story from Chaucer's The Nun's Priest's Tale. Proud rooster Chanticleer allows himself to be charmed by the cunning Mr. Fox, resulting in his capture and near demise. The barnyard animals all give chase but stop when they arrive at the murky woods, afraid to go any further. Luckily Chanticleer concocts his own flattery, just in time (literally) to save his own neck. Ward makes good use of perspective as she visualizes the story (many of the spreads look down from above as the action takes place), and her full-color illustrations teem with handsomely rendered examples of rare livestock breeds. An extensive author's note at the end of the story identifies each animal and offers additional information; an afterword clarifies the tale's probable origins. A fine choice for storytellers or picture-book sharing. --Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-Ward uses Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Nun's Priest's Tale" as the basis for this splendid picture book. The haughty rooster Chanticleer allows his vanity to interfere with caution and he is captured and carried off to the forest by a cunning fox. Chanticleer, however, marshals his wits and, by playing upon that same vice of vanity in the fox, manages to secure his escape. Ward's retelling is delightful, capturing the characters and their situations in graceful, economic prose. The text is highly readable with a clear, well-spaced font always on a crisp white background. The realistic paintings feature a bevy of barnyard denizens, all of which are carefully catalogued by the illustrator in notes at the back of the book. The paintings are so lifelike that readers almost expect to be able to feel feather, fur, or down. Ward changes perspective frequently, so that children may be looking straight at a scene on one page, then viewing the same scene from above on the next. The technique is very effective. A first purchase for most collections.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.