Interest Level: Ages 4-8
Guided Reading Level: H
Lexile Level: 740L
Book ISBN: 978-0-874838-26-8

Rooster’s Night Out is a humorous chain story from Cuba that is retold by the award-winning creative team of Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton. It is a story about a vain rooster who sets out for a party after carefully grooming his feathers. On the way to the dance, he accidentally splatters juice from a tomato on his feathers. The rooster of course wants to get his feathers cleaned in time to go to the dance at Heron's party that night, but he finds that he needs a lot of help from his friends to get cleaned up. Fortunately, he finally receives the help he needs when the sun comes to his aid. As a sign of gratitude, Rooster agrees to crow every morning to wake the sun up.


This humorous folktale from Cuba provides valuable life lessons in character values. The Rooster learns about perseverance and how to be resourceful when faced with the challenge of getting his feathers clean in time for the party. This folktale also teaches the lesson of showing gratitude to others when they offer their help. In this timeless story the sun offers help and the Rooster responds in kind by crowing to wake the sun up every morning.


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