The Little Golden Lamb

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

A retelling of the traditional Hungarian tale in which a poor, but good-hearted lad finds his fortune with the aid of a little golden lamb to which everyone that touches it sticks.

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The Little Golden Lamb Retold by Ellin Greene Illustrated in full color by Rosanne Litzinger

“In this sweet retelling of the traditional folktale ‘The Lamb with the Golden Fleece,’ a boy sets out to make his fortune with only a flute. He gets a job as a shepherd, taking as his payment a lamb with a golden fleece. The lamb attracts attention, and everyone who touches it—or touches someone touching it—becomes stuck. The boy, his lamb, and the procession of people stuck together make their way to a king’s castle. The princess, who hasn’t laughed in years, takes a look at the parade and laughs, making the lamb so happy that it’s able to shake free of all its hangers-on. . . . The watercolor-and-colored-pencil illustrations are as soft, gentle, and merry as the story itself. They make it easy to see why the princess laughs at the procession.”

Booklist, ALA

"It has all the elements of a favorite folktale . . . Greene's lighthearted text moves along at a swift pace, befitting the fleet feet of the characters. Litzinger employs a sunny palatte . . . She matches Greene in her pleasant mix of fantasy and whimsy." Publishers Weekly

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"A read-aloud treasure." School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Greene (Ling-Li and the Phoenix Fairy) turns to a Hungarian version of "The Golden Goose" for this jaunty story. It has all the elements of a favorite folktale--a hard-working lad seeking his fortune, an animal with magical properties, a king ready to pay three bags of gold to anyone who can make his ailing daughter laugh and a cast of supporting characters whose misdemeanors are redeemed as the stuff of mirth. All these pieces cohere in a radiantly silly climax featuring a line of people stuck to each other and compelled to dance like the golden lamb at the head of the procession that travels right past the princess's window. Greene's lighthearted text moves along at a swift pace, befitting the fleet feet of the characters. Litzinger (Louella Mae, She's Run Away!) employs a sunny palette--one that is considerably more robust than the slightly bleached-looking cover art suggests. Her watercolor and pencil compositions puckishly exaggerate rounded forms, so that hillsides, trees and horizons become almost circular, and people and animals balloon to cheerful roly-poly shapes. She matches Greene in her pleasant mix of fantasy and whimsy. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
This sweet, Hungarian version of the folktale The Golden Goose is the story of a young flute-playing shepherd boy who gains ownership of a golden lamb. Anyone who touches the lamb becomes attached to it, and anyone who touches those who touch the lamb is also attached. In fairy tale fashion, a beautiful, but sad princess is looking for anyone to marry who can make her laugh. The young shepherd plays his music along the road as his lovable lamb follows, dancing in sheer delight. Soon many villagers find themselves attached to the shepherd's procession, as they cannot break loose from the dancing lamb. They create quite a spectacle which results in chaotic hilarity, enough to start the princess rolling on the ground in laughter. Of course, the poor shepherd marries the now happy princess and they live happily ever after, with their lovable lamb in tow. This sweet and merry retelling of the traditional folktale is filled with watercolor and colored pencil illustrations that are as soft and gentle as the text. This retelling could be compared with the original version for an excellent lesson in comparing and contrasting. 2000, Clarion Books, $15.00. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Betsy Barnett
School Library Journal
K-Gr 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 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395715260
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet 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.
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