Little Rooster’s Diamond Button

Little Rooster is happy to find a diamond button—it’s a perfect present for his mistress. Then along comes the King, who snatches the button for his treasure chamber! And when Little Rooster demands the button back, the King is so furious he has Little Rooster thrown into a well. One thing the King doesn’t know: Little Rooster has a magic stomach. Water? Fire? Bees? No problem!

  • 9780807592915
  • May 2015

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  • Eye-popping, comic illustrations make this fresh version of an old folktale into a rollicking romp…This fine paean to cleverness and persistance is given extra zest by Terry’s acrylic illustrations, which are as colorful as sparkling gems.

    - Booklist

  • In this retelling of a Hungarian folktale, an enterprising rooster discovers a diamond button while searching for food…Energetic acrylic illustrations round out this satisfying, fun-filled tale about a very fowl Robin Hood. Includes a note concerning other versions and similar folktales around the world.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • In typical MacDonald style, the story is perfectly paced and effectively patterned for a foolproof readaloud…The ending is deliciously just, and young listeners will readily applaud the successes of this super rooster.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • MacDonald retells this folktale with her usual verve and astute ear for what pleases a read-aloud audience. Terry’s acrylic paintings make a good match with their appealing woozy feel. His googly-eyed characters look at home amid silly hysteria, while his swooping lines, radiantly brassy colors, and off-kilter perspectives capture a world where anything is possible.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • This version of a Hungarian folktale is perfectly suited to a storytelling performance…The story is simple but amusing and has good cadence and pacing. MacDonald has eliminated all extraneous detail so movement from scene to scene is quick. There is much here to delight listeners, especially when the rooster releases a swarm of bees in the king’s baggy pants.

    - School Library Journal


Will Terry

Common Core

RL.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 2.50