The chickens build a wall

by Dumont, Jean-Francois, 1959-

Format: Print Book 2013
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Summary

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 . . .

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly 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[s] 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. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Toleration -- Fiction.
Walls -- Fiction.
Chickens -- Fiction.
Domestic animals -- Fiction.
Toleration -- Juvenile fiction.
Walls -- Juvenile fiction.
Chickens -- Juvenile fiction.
Domestic animals -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher Grand Rapids, MI :2013
Other Titles Poule derriére un mur.
Language English
Notes Originally published in French in 2011 by Flammarion under the title: Une poule derriére un mur.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrated ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780802854223
0802854222
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