Press: Groundwood Books (September 9, 2001)
One day a little rooster who is pecking on the road finds a magic diamond button.
An evil sultan desperately covets it even though his palace is filled with precious stones.
He enlists three foolish henchmen to help him but the rooster returns in triumph to the old woman who owns him.
This traditional tale teaches the timeless lesson that greed is no match for wit, courage, and humor.
The woman who owns Little Rooster is very poor, too poor to feed him.
One day the rooster finds a diamond button, but before he can give it to the woman, a greedy sultan takes it.
The rooster manages to annoy the sultan and his servants so much that they give him the button plus many more to take back to his owner.
The moral of this retelling of a classic Hungarian folktale about greed may confuse kids, and the author's note fails to explain why the story seems to be set in the Middle East.
It's the illustrations that work best: beautiful, colorful, and detailed, they make this book worth adding to a larger folktale collection.
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