The Happy Prince
by Elissa D. Grodin
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.
- Dewey: E
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585362646): 48 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2007, 08/01/2006
- Series: Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales
- JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General (JUV012030)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Royalty (JUV034000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds (JUV002040)
- Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award Finalist, Runner-up, 2006
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Author: Elissa D. Grodin
Elissa D. Grodin grew up in a large family in Kansas City, Missouri, and was 15 years old when she started to write short stories. While living in London in the late '70s, she wrote for the Times Literary Supplement and New Statesman. After moving to New York, she studied at the School of Visual Arts and met her husband, actor Charles Grodin, while interviewing him for American Film magazine. Elissa lives with her family in Wilton, Connecticut.
Illustrator: Laura Stutzman
Laura Stutzman graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and in 1984 formed a studio called Eloqui with her husband, illustrator Mark Stutzman. She has created imagery for books and magazines, corporations, non-profit organizations, and privately commissioned portraits. Laura teaches a weeklong camp each year for children grades 8 through 12 who are serious about art. She makes her home in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland.