Quatre poules et un coq

(Four hens and a cockerel) Book not yet available in English


Four hens and a cockerel live together in a coop. The cockerel works all day and makes the hens stay quiet, so that they have to cluck in silence. His portion of the feed trough is also much bigger. One day, the hens have had enough and decide to rebel. They guzzle energy drinks and puff up their feathers to put themselves on the path to equality. [Source: Electre]


The Swedish authors Lena and Olof Landström offer a witty introduction to gender equality in this picture book set in a chicken coop. Four hens share the space with a little cockerel busy working on a big project. Everything is fine as long as the hens don’t bother him, but one day, they quarrel over shares of food and things start to change. The hens demand as much food as the cockerel, who starts throwing his weight around and cracks down hard on them. He leaves them even less room at the trough and imposes his law on them. The hens grow thinner and more frightened, but then decide to go to the gym to build up their muscles and learn breathing techniques to puff up their feathers and make their voices louder, imposing their right to equal helpings from the trough. The author and illustrator offer a compelling narrative of power and equality. [Source: Ricochet]

Edited by: University Library "Livres au Trésor" and the Research Centre "Pléiade" of the University of Paris 13 (France)

Author(s): Landström, Lena

Illustrator(s): Landström, Olof

Translator(s): Seyvos, Florence

Series: Albums

Publisher: L'école des loisirs

City: Paris

Year: 2005

Pages: 27

ISBN: 9782211078924

Age Range: 3 - 5

Language: FR

Original Language: SE

Keywords: Animals, Empowerment, Equality, Respect, Rights

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