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The Chickens Build a Wall

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Publisher Comments:

The chickens at the farm are building a wall, and no one is quite sure why. But they know one thing: the hedgehog that wandered in must be trouble. So all winter they build and build, until they have a wall that towers over the barn. When spring comes, though, they find that everything hasn't gone quite according to plan . . .

Review:

"Dumont (A Blue So Blue) crafts a clever barnyard commentary on protectionism, xenophobia, and overreaction. The appearance of a hedgehog, an animal never before seen on the medievalesque farm where the story takes place, brings life to a halt and starts the rumor mill churning, especially after the animal 'curl up into a tight ball, to the astonishment of everyone.' The hedgehog soon disappears, as mysteriously as it arrived, but the chickens remain ill at ease. 'I bet he didn't leave empty-handed,' says one. 'We should count our chicks!' shouts another. The rooster uses the situation 'to take control of a barnyard of full of hens who hadn't been paying much attention to him,' persuading the hens to work through the winter to build a giant wall to keep out 'prickly invaders.' Adult readers won't have to look hard to spot parallels to contemporary discourse on immigration and other hot-button topics, and the target audience will easily see the chickens' folly thanks to a drily funny ending and the comedy that runs throughout Dumont's prose and sly characterizations. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Jean-Francois Dumont is a French author and illustrator who has created many stories for children, including The Chickens Build a Wall (Eerdmans) and A Blue So Blue (Sterling), winner of the 2004 Prix Saint-Exupery, an award given yearly to the best illustrated picture book in France.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802854223
Author:
Dumont, Jean-francois
Publisher:
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Author:
Dumont, Jean-Francois
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Edition Description:
Picture Books
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
33
Dimensions:
8.25 x 10.25 x 0.31 in 14 oz
Age Level:
from 4 up to 8

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Product details 33 pages Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - English 9780802854223 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Dumont (A Blue So Blue) crafts a clever barnyard commentary on protectionism, xenophobia, and overreaction. The appearance of a hedgehog, an animal never before seen on the medievalesque farm where the story takes place, brings life to a halt and starts the rumor mill churning, especially after the animal 'curl up into a tight ball, to the astonishment of everyone.' The hedgehog soon disappears, as mysteriously as it arrived, but the chickens remain ill at ease. 'I bet he didn't leave empty-handed,' says one. 'We should count our chicks!' shouts another. The rooster uses the situation 'to take control of a barnyard of full of hens who hadn't been paying much attention to him,' persuading the hens to work through the winter to build a giant wall to keep out 'prickly invaders.' Adult readers won't have to look hard to spot parallels to contemporary discourse on immigration and other hot-button topics, and the target audience will easily see the chickens' folly thanks to a drily funny ending and the comedy that runs throughout Dumont's prose and sly characterizations. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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