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The impudent rooster
Rascol, Sabina.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Using his amazing swallowing ability, a rooster foils the evil plans of a greedy nobleman and brings back riches to his poor master.
General Note:
"From a Romanian story by Ion Creangǎ."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 78309.
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PZ8.1.R2246 IM 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
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When a greedy nobleman steals the purse a rooster intends for his poor master, the rooster crows out the truth: “Give back the pennies you stole!” But the nobleman hears only impudence, and he orders the rooster thrown down a well. But neither the well’s deep water, nor an oven’s heat, nor cattle’s hard hooves can stop this “impudent” rooster, whose amazing powers win back the purse and reverse the nobleman’s fortunes. Children will relish the energetic language and interplay of magic and justice in this read-aloud tale. Holly Berry’s stylized illustrations, inspired by Romanian folk-art designs and bursting with color and humor, give this book the dimensions of a classic.

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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Adapting her tale from a Romanian story by Ion Creanga, Rascol tells about a small, brave rooster, driven from the farmyard, who grows powerful as he defeats an evil nobleman and brings riches back home to the poor farmer. The greedy nobleman tries everything to get rid of the pesky upstart. He throws the rooster down a well, but the rooster drinks all the water and flies out. He tosses the bird in a fiery oven, but the rooster spews out all the water he drank and puts out the flames. The rooster swallows coins, and he swallows the barnyard animals. Finally, he brings everything home to make the poor farmer rich. The standoffs, chases, and the refrain (What could the rooster do? ) are great for storytellers, and the clear, dramatic, very bright pictures in folk-art style, showing the small creature swelling up until he fills the double-page spread, can be used with a small group. Children will appreciate the farmyard farce about the small, noisy creature who refuses to be intimidated in a giant world. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Good triumphs over greed in Rascol's debut book, a buoyant retelling of a Romanian folk tale about a rewarding reversal of fortune. Weak from hunger, an impoverished old man chastises his beloved rooster for not being a hen that can lay eggs. Crestfallen, the pet takes to the road, where he finds a purse containing several pennies. Alas, a greedy nobleman "who had amassed his wealth by wronging others" spies the rooster and tells his coachman to snatch the purse. The plucky pullet pursues the thief, who pitches the rooster down a well, tosses him into a blazing oven, locks the fowl into his overflowing money room and throws him into the middle of a herd of cattle. Each time, the clever crower outwits his would-be captor and now as "big as a hill" after swallowing much of the villain's stash of coins and his herd finally gets what he wants. Followed by the nobleman's entire flock of admiring poultry, the victorious hero proudly trots home and gives all of his accumulated wealth to his master, who in turn shares his bounty with the poor. Berry (Roughing It on the Oregon Trail) captures the tale's energy and comical goings-on in bustling, vividly hued pictures inspired by Romanian folk art. Her depiction of the rooster's increasing girth, along with the plot's effective repetition and upbeat finale, make this a peppy pick for reading aloud. Kids will happily crow along. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-This vibrantly illustrated adaptation of a traditional story describes how loyalty can triumph over adversity. A poor elderly man has only his beloved rooster for company. One day, however, he speaks harshly to him, and the bird leaves "not knowing or caring where he went." He finds a small purse of coins but a greedy nobleman steals it. The rooster runs after the rich man, who tries to drown, burn, starve, and trample the rooster, but the fowl keeps finding a way out of each situation, growing larger as he swallows his enemy's treasure and cattle. The rooster finally regains the coin purse. He returns to the old man, who greets him with joy, and the two live richly, and happily ever after. The fast-paced action and a repeated refrain ("Cucurigu, my great lord!/Give back the pennies you stole") will grab readers' attention. The language flows smoothly and reads aloud well. The large folk-art paintings, done in watercolors and colored pencils, depict brightly clothed characters, detailed backdrops, and a hero who grows in stature along with his deeds.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.