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Louis I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec

Louis I, King of the Sheep

by Olivier Tallec

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This is a clever book about the dangers of having too much power. Louis the sheep lucks into power one day when a crown is blown near him. In the beginning, he has great ideas for the future of his flock, but unfortunately, the power went to his head and he made the decision that only those that were the same as him could be in his flock. A short while after this decision, the wind kicked up again and blew his crown away. ( )
  childrenslitpdx | Feb 13, 2016 |
A lovely picture book! First the whimsical watercolour illustrations are beautiful. The story is simple and the text sparse, but each page is just begging to be discussed. A paper crown blows onto Louis' head one day and each day after he takes his proclaimed kinghood further and further. At first this seems fun and proper but then we see Louis becoming bossy and acting better than the other sheep. He makes them serve him, obey him until the final days involve shunning those who do not look the same as him. But just as easily as the crown came a windy day takes it away again. The discussions that could be had with the little listeners abound as Louis' behaviour, attitude and self-entitlement increases. ( )
  ElizaJane | Apr 30, 2015 |
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Readers will delight in Louis’s increasingly elaborate fantasy of what comes with being a supreme ruler: the pleasures, the responsibilities, the capriciousness.  “What’s good for me is good for my people,” thinks King Louis in this clever fable about the randomness and absurdity of power, but also its abuses, and the hidden dangers in a society built on conformity. There’s loads of wit and humor that will appeal to readers of all ages, but will also serve as a basis for discussing experiences of relevance to children, such as bullying and the power games of the playground.

The work of Olivier Tallec has been described as "sensitive,""stunning," "breathtaking," and "beautiful." Tallec was born in France, in 1970. After graduating from the École Supérieure d'Art Graphique in Paris, he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration. Since then he has illustrated more than sixty books.

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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.… (more)

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