Ellin Greene The Little Golden Lamb

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The Little Golden Lamb

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9780395715260: The Little Golden Lamb

In this joyfully retold Hungarian version of "The Golden Goose," a shepherd lad befriends a lamb whose fleece is the color of gold. The lad and the lamb set off on a journey, with the lamb dancing and frolicking as the boy plays his flute. Along the way they meet one person after another who tries to put an end to their merriment, but soon enough each has no choice but to join the cheerful procession and help the shepherd boy win his fortune and fulfill his destiny. Whimsically illustrated in delicious colors, this lively tale about the magic of music and the infectiousness of a light heart will have young children ready to join in the celebration.

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About the Author:

Ellin Greene is a well-known library educator and storyteller and author of several folktale retellings for children. She lives in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Rosanne Litzinger has illustrated many popular books for children. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-A Hungarian version of the familiar "Golden Goose." A young man works as a shepherd for a year and asks only for a golden-fleeced lamb that dances when he plays his flute in payment. An innkeeper's daughter tries to steal it, only to be stuck fast. The lad plays his flute and the lamb dances, with the girl following suit. They are then joined by an old woman and a priest, and the whole procession passes in front of the king's daughter, who has been promised to the first person who could make her laugh. Needless to say, the boy gets the girl-and three bags of gold. The text has clearly been shaped by a storyteller-"Down the road they went,/The shepherd lad playing his flute,/The little golden lamb kicking up its heels,/On the lamb's tail the girl,/On the girl's back the baker's peel,/-And the little golden lamb carried them all,/dancing down the road." Litzinger's energetic watercolor and colored-pencil drawings capture the humor and absurdity of the tale. Though Uri Shulevitz's rollicking version, The Golden Goose (Farrar, 1995), is still in print, The Little Golden Lamb is a joyous tale, with a beautiful blend of text and illustration. A read-aloud treasure.
Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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