Fable and fairytale are combined in this story of a child's grace in the face of ignorance and prejudice. Felix finds a baby boy cracking out of a shell in his hen house and names him Prosper. But the villagers blame Prosper for the poor crops and hound the family out of the village.
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Cloaked as a fairy tale and illustrated in luminous oils, this picture-book lesson reveals the perils of prejudice and the ugliness of scapegoating. The boy Prosper, who mysteriously hatches from an egg in old Felix the gardener's barn, is beloved by the old man, his hen Dorcas, and all the villagers. When Prosper sprouts wings, Felix worries: "People don't like anybody different." He fashions a cape to hide the wings and warns the boy to fly only where he won't be seen. But Prosper's secret is discovered at the same time a drought dries up the village crops. Declaring the boy a "cursed abomination" responsible for the drought, the mayor and townspeople burn down Felix's house and drive the old man and his extraordinary family up the mountain. An impending storm brings them back to the village, where the rains quench the parched soil and soften the villagers' hearts. The tale ends happily, but thoughtful youngsters will need to discuss lingering questions about what might have happened to the family had the rains not come. The pictures' realistic detail and haunting use of light enhance the religious and moral undertones of the story. Ellen Mandel
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Book Description Random House UK, 2000. Book Condition: Very Good. illustrated edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP67610630
Book Description Hutchinson, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Prosper's Mountain This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780091766368
Book Description Random House UK, 2000. Book Condition: Good. illustrated edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP74675649
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1999. Hard Cover Laminated Boards. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Chris Baker (illustrator). First. Used hardback in good condition. No internal inscriptions, torn or missing pages. Without packaging this book weighs 320gms Illustrator: Chris Baker. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. ISBN: 0091766362. ISBN/EAN: 9780091766368. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 001324. Bookseller Inventory # 001324