The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

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by Elissa D. Grodin, Laura Stutzman
     
 
While flying to a warmer climate, a little swallow stops to rest in the great city. His short stay is extended, however, when he takes refuge at, and then makes friends with, the golden statue of The Happy Prince. From high atop his pedestal in the city park The Happy Prince has a bird's-eye view of the sufferings of the people of the city. But, he is powerless to do

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While flying to a warmer climate, a little swallow stops to rest in the great city. His short stay is extended, however, when he takes refuge at, and then makes friends with, the golden statue of The Happy Prince. From high atop his pedestal in the city park The Happy Prince has a bird's-eye view of the sufferings of the people of the city. But, he is powerless to do anything. When the Prince entreats his new friend to stay and help him, a lesson in kindness and caring is in store for the little bird. Beloved since its original publication in 1888, this Oscar Wilde fairy tale is now set against a modern-day backdrop and written for young readers. Stunning, evocative paintings, along with a masterful retelling, breathe new life and meaning into this classic story of mindfulness and compassion for others. An excellent vehicle for character education programming, educators will find this story a valuable addition to their libraries. One dollar from the sale of each Happy Prince book will be donated to HELP USA. Founded in 1986, HELP USA empowers the homeless and others in need to become and remain self-reliant. Through the development of quality housing with on-site support services HELP USA provides resources, including job training and placement, to enable its residents to become independent and productive. For more information see www.helpusa.org.

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This updated retelling of Oscar Wilde's famous story is beautifully done. Little Swallow doesn't join the flock as they head south, preferring to spend more time flitting through the trees and reeds in the warmth of the autumn sun. Finally, he decides it is time to go, but as he heads south, he stops for a rest in the Great City. He finds shelter for the night at the feet of a statue of the Happy Prince, and then suddenly feels drops of water falling on his head. He is surprised to find it is not rain. The golden statue, encrusted with magnificent gems, is crying. The Happy Prince tells his story to Little Swallow. He had lived a wonderful life in the palace, never seeing beyond the walls, but now he was able to see the sadness in the world and wanted to do something to help others. The prince asks the Swallow to help by plucking out the gems and then peeling off the gold leaf and giving it to the poor. Winter sets in, and Little Swallow finally falls with cold and exhaustion at the feet of the statue, whereupon the prince's leaden heart breaks. When the statue is junked, those who know of the good deeds put the bird and the heart in a place of honor. Information about Oscar Wilde is included in the book, and the realistic paintings illustrating the story are a perfect complement to the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585362646
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Series:
Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,239,145
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very emotional story written with much warmth and heart. It's very inspiring although it has sad parts, but all great books usually have a balance of good and bad events.