Sous la peau d’un homme

(In a man's skin) Book not yet available in English


A clever, determined young woman seizes the opportunity of a bet with her uncle to get into the palace of a prince well known for his hatred of women. Disguised as a knight and pretending to be a man, she sets out to change his mind. After a series of verbal jousts and events, the young woman wins her bet and the prince falls in love with her.


Freely inspired by a North African fairy tale, the picture book challenges preconceptions about men and women and describes what it feels like to fall in love. The young woman is clearly shown to be cleverer, more sensible, and more careful than her cousin, who is described as full of himself and very careless when it comes to preparing his journey. This is what lets the young woman meet the prince, as she had intended. The prince, who starts out as a real woman-hater, changes as he spends time with her, falls in love, and eventually recognises the value of women. The book’s message is summed up in the line “Being stubborn can help you win, men often have women under their skin.”

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

Author(s): Gay-Para, Praline

Illustrator(s): Fronty, Aurélia

Publisher: Didier jeunesse

City: Paris

Year: 2007

Pages: 40

ISBN: 9782278057061

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: FR

Original Language: FR

Keywords: Empowerment, Identity, Love, Princess/prince, Relationships

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