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The Resource Louis I, king of sheep, Olivier Tallec ; [translated from the French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick]

Louis I, king of sheep, Olivier Tallec ; [translated from the French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick]

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Louis I, king of sheep
Title
Louis I, king of sheep
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Olivier Tallec ; [translated from the French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick]
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Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
While Louis grazes in the meadow, a crown, blown by the wind, lands at his feet. Louis places the crown on his head and becomes Louis the 1st, King of the sheep. A fable about power, indifference and conformity, and how those who do not think for themselves will eventually suffer the consequences
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  • Grades K-2 One day a gust of wind blows through the countryside, depositing a blue crown at the feet of a sheep named Louis. He puts it on and regally declares himself “Louis I, King of the Sheep.” He pompously marches through his flock, holding a stick as a scepter. Next he finds a tree to serve as a throne from which he can dispense justice. Louis I makes more small changes that go mostly unnoticed by “his people,” until things take a tyrannical turn. Suddenly he is hunting lions on sheepback. He requires manicured gardens, entertainment, and an army. He drives off those with differently colored fleece. Thankfully, the wind returns to take back the crown and restore order to the land. The story’s droll humor is on full display in Tallec’s painted illustrations, which mix double-page vistas in country colors with spot illustrations that demonstrate Louis’ escalating circumstance. While little ones won’t understand the full effect of Louis’ actions, they will enjoy the inherent absurdity of the story and likely recognize the behavior of a bully. -- Smith, Julia (Reviewed 11-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 6, p )
  • Gr 2 – 4 — In this offbeat French import, a gust of wind lands a blue crown in front of Louis, one of the sheep grazing placidly in an autumnal meadow. After furtively glancing around, he claims the crown, gets up on his hind legs, and becomes "Louis I, King of the Sheep." His monarchy starts off innocuously enough with the acquisition of a scepter, a throne, and a royal bed under a tree. Soon, Louis moves on to other kingly pursuits—giving speeches, riding other sheep in a hunt, living in a palace, and organizing military parades—all allusions that could potentially go over the heads of the intended audience. Things take an even a darker turn when Louis declares that sheep who don't look like him must be driven out. Just then, the wind blows in again and sweeps off Louis's crown…only to bring it to a wolf in the last wordless spread. Tallec's airy illustrations with their dynamically sketched lines and expansive landscapes lend this tale humor and charm without taking away from its heftier themes. VERDICT An interesting statement about the corrupting yet arbitrary and fleeting nature of power, this book could spark lively discussion with older readers.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY --Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova (Reviewed November 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 11, p88)
  • /* Starred Review */ When a breeze-tossed crown lands at your feet (or hooves, as the case may be), what can it mean but that you are destined to rule? The divine right of kings applies to sheep, right? “And so it was one windy day that Louis the sheep thereby became Louis I, king of the sheep,” begins Tallec (the Big Wolf and Little Wolf books). Louis promptly begins to walk on two legs, wields a branch as a scepter, and adopts a regal, Solomonic expression. Initially, there’s a palpable disconnect between the authority Louis claims and the attention of his citizenry; when he uses the crotch of a tree as a “throne from which to hand down justice, because justice is rather important,” the flock on the surrounding hillside is uninterested at best. Tallec has fun with Louis’s increasingly grandiose visions, which include importing lions to hunt and entertaining diplomats at a palace worthy of Versailles. Just as monarchy appears poised to become tyranny, another breeze prompts a changing of the guard. A witty, thought-provoking meditation on the seductiveness—and fleeting nature—of power. Ages 6–9. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed June 29, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 26, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ "And so it was one windy day that Louis the sheep thereby became Louis I, king of the sheep." And, Kurt Vonnegut would add, so it goes. Louis is out grazing when a crown blows his way. He tries it on. Voilà , Louis I. Soon, Louis I needs a scepter and a throne. He is ambitious: his court will become home to the most distinguished artists; ambassadors from the anteater, raccoon, and penguin kingdoms will all pay their respects. This leads to megalomania: he banishes the sheep that don't resemble him to a distant pasture. But—the wind blows once more, taking the crown with it. Power comes, power goes; at least Louis gets to keep his head. (Maybe; the crown lands at the feet of a wolf. He tries it on.) Tallec's book is sophisticated, but it also approaches the subject, visually and textually, from a kid's-eye view. The colors (cadmium red, indigo, pinks shading to purples) beguile, and the imagery runs from fairly goofy-looking sheep to the royal luxury of an ermine stole to spooky trees that play with light and dark. Tallec leaves it up to readers to decide how much of Louis' power trip is imaginary, giving them plenty of details to pore over while they muse. It's a political education—Schoolyard Politics 101—in a picture book, one well worth having on the bookshelf. (Picture book. 4-8)(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2015)
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Tallec, Olivier
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illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the French
Literary form
fiction
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  • 2
  • 4
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Bedrick, Claudia Zoe
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True
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  • Kings and rulers
  • Sheep
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Kings, queens, rulers, etc.
  • Sheep
  • Kings and rulers
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Sheep
Target audience
primary
Label
Louis I, king of sheep, Olivier Tallec ; [translated from the French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick]
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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  • still image
  • text
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  • sti
  • txt
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1415480
Dimensions
31 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781592701858
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781592701858
  • (OCoLC)903424389
Label
Louis I, king of sheep, Olivier Tallec ; [translated from the French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick]
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1415480
Dimensions
31 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781592701858
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781592701858
  • (OCoLC)903424389

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