The Chickens Build A Wall

The Chickens Build A Wall

Picture Book - 2013
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When a friendly hedgehog visits the farm, the chickens build an enormous wall to keep out "prickly invaders."
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2013
ISBN: 9780802854223
Branch Call Number: E DUM
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. 22 x 27 cm


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SPL_Childrens Nov 28, 2013

The chickens on the farm were very busy building a large wall around their henhouse.

A few days earlier, a hedgehog had wandered into the barnyard. Who was he? Where had he come from? How had he entered the barnyard? Since none of the birds knew the answers, they were certain that the visitor must be trouble.

A few days later, the chickens thought that there seemed to be fewer worms to eat in the barnyard. Had the hedgehog taken them? If so, what might he take or do next? The chickens worried and fretted. Then, giving way to their vivid imaginations and some paranoia, they began to envision stolen nests, eggs and even chicks.

Soon after that, the wall went up.

However the chickens quickly discovered that their wall, although substantial, couldn’t keep out “prickly visitors” like hedgehogs. And, after actually talking to the stranger, they made another discovery. The visitor wasn’t at all dangerous or troublesome! Instead, he was a very friendly, peaceful creature. Their fears had been completely unfounded.

Infused with sly humour, Jean-Francois Dumont’s entertaining parable explores the foolishness of paranoia and the wisdom of removing the walls of distrust that we often place between ourselves and strangers.


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