Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Little Tiny Rooster

The Little Tiny Rooster
William Lipkind and Nicolas Mordvinoff
Harcourt, Brace & World, 1960

Ran into some old favorites at the monster book sale at our local library. The Little Tiny Rooster is one of the most endearing children's books around. The story of the little, tiny rooster who kicks some big butt and saves the day. Always writing under the pseudonyms Nicholas and Will, these two had a long and illustrious children's book career including a Caledecott medal winner, Finders Keepers.

And it began like any other day in the spring.
The chickens strutted around the yard, stopping
now and then to scratch for worms. The ducks
waddled down to the pond and swam off in a line.
The horses and cows nibbled at the grass in the
near field. The dogs ran back and forth barking,
then settled down to their morning nap. The cats
were already asleep. They had been out all night.

So yea, this wee little rooster is born, and he grows up and is still wee, and to win the respect of the other fowl in the coup, he must prove himself. The ultimate underdog story, it just goes to show you that anyone can do anything they set their mind to. The illustrations are bright and intense and really jump out of the page, saturated in color. You almost wanna every page of the thing on your wall!


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