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La grève des moutons

3.2  ·  Rating details ·  109 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
The sheep on the farm are sick of getting sheared -- so they decide to go on strike! Things get heated as the rest of the animals start to take sides, eventually leading to a furry, feathery scuffle. But when they all sit down together, the sheep learn how important their wool is to the farm, and the animals come up with a creative solution to everyone's problem.This color ...more
Published 2009 by Pere Castor
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Huh. Does there really need to be a children's book about labor politics? There's a nice message about compromise, but I think the author should have left it at that. It gets too technical with terms like "police brutality" and "delegates." I think it's important for kids to know about the ideals that the labor movement espouses (mostly that everyone deserves to be treated fairly and with respect), but I'm not sure childhood is the right time to introduce ideas like police brutality.
In the same style with which he told The Chickens Build a Wall and The Geese March in Step, this French author once again tackles social justice through a farm setting. Fed up with being sheared of all their wool and subsequently becoming cold, the sheep mount a rebellion and refuse to do as they're told. Trouble ensues, and all the farm animals, including the dogs and the chickens get involved. Finally, the animals figure out a solution to the problem, and while the sheep still get sheared, the ...more
Cat Fithian
Too adult of a theme for preschoolers. Would work as an interesting problem-solving discussion book for school aged kids, perhaps. Not bad for conflict management.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complex but hilarious satire for older children and adults. I'm not too sure but that it's scary, too, in how true-to-life it is. And I'm not too sure about the ending. But yeah, details do require a reread, and tots aren't likely to get it....

Mary Miserandino
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The sheep are tired of being shorn every year and then being cold! They decide they aren't going to cooperate anymore and rebel. The other animals in the farm don't know what to do about it. Some agree with the sheep, but others think that giving wool is the purpose of the sheep on the farm. Eventually, they decide to actually march in protest of shearing. The author gives a detailed description of the protesters' march, and of the brawl that ensues when the other animals attempt to stop the she ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
This odd little picture book is either a cute little book about farm animals, or a complex allegory about injustice and responses to same, and perhaps about looking for compromise.
It all started with the sheep going on strike over the issue of involuntary shearing. After all, would YOU like to have all of your hair removed and turned into something for someone else's benefit?
The situation goes downhill from there, and chaos results until someone suggests an interesting compromise. I'm not sure t
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humane-education
In the tradition of CLICK, CLACK, MOO comes a book about farm animals who organize for better "wages" and a better life.

With corporations rapidly quashing unions, the younger generation may be totally unaware of the concept. This book can bring up a lot of good conversations, including farm animal welfare, what we owe the animals we use, fairness, protests and boycotts, workers' rights, and bargaining for a compromise that helps both workers and the company.
Becky Shaknovich
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like children's books about labor activism, so this may have gotten an extra star just for the premise. This is not a book for very young children - definitely not for story time. It's nice for older kids to read on their own or with an adult. It could be a good tool for for introducing topics in politics or history in a fun way. Overall, The Sheep Go On Strike is amusing.
Stephanie Fujii
Cute ending but...

It was a bit too "real", at least last "real" as striking sheep can be.... I like more whimsical, less realistic children's stories. This had a LOT of words per page, and a lot of unnecessary detail. It's a kid's story. I don't need all of that.

It read a bit too much like a pre-Animal Farm. No thanks :D
Rachel Watkins
This book shows a conflict, public demonstration, negotiation, brawl, and finally compromise. All this happens in the barnyard because the sheep are tired of being shorn. It's cold without their wool! Use this book to teach children about free speech, how to ask for what they want with supporting evidence, and most importantly, how to compromise. This book helps teach several life lessons!
NYC Reads 365
Why do sheep have to get sheared? Why don’t horses have to lose their hair or why don’t ducks lose their feathers or cats their hair? Can the sheep organize a protest? Is it really possible for them to change lifelong traditions? This tongue-in-cheek picture book cleverly highlights out how important perspective and compromise are in life.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a total fan of Dumont's Sheep books but this one may be my favorite. What a hoot! And really - when you think about it, the sheep have every right to protest. This could be really fun to use with older kids when introducing labor movements in history.
I enjoyed "The Geese March in Step" better, and not sure how this would go over in today's uproar over police brutality. I think this book is cute, but would hesitate to read it to a class of students.
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Too much text! And such a terrible font. But I love sheep and explaining labor organizing to children, so I'll go for it.
It is cute. Kids will enjoy reading what would happen if the sheep actually do go on strike.
I howled with laughter reading this book! it's becoming quite apparent that I LOVE picture books written and illustrated by artists from other countries.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
The arc was a bit weird. All kinds of frenzy, then they simply act like "sheep".
Edward Sullivan
Another humorous take on a social justice issue from Dumont, this time on notions of fairness in labor.
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story, illustrations are fun.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Elizabeth Bloem
Best for older kids I would say...but my seven year old enjoyed it and it helped reinforce the activism concepts we are presently talking about this month.
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: je, 2015
This book was okay. It felt like it took a long time to get to the point. It is for older little kids.
Meow Meow Mia
Original edition was in French.
Julia Frederick
It was very wordy, and the pages looked cluttered between the illustrations and the typeface.
Definitely an adult-directed text, and of course, written by a Frenchman! This was amusing, but not really one for the kiddos. Pair with Animal Farm for socialist animal shenanigans!
Too wordy for storytime. Cute idea, lovely illustrations, but the story itself did not deliver as well as I thought it would.
When the sheep on a farm go on strike rather than having their warm coats sheared off, the other animals begin taking sides until, at last, a compromise can be reached.
Cindy Kleback
Too wordy and too adult of a theme for kids. Labor politics in a children's book. No thanks.
Anne Fabing
rated it it was amazing
May 05, 2015
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