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The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! is about a gallito (rooster) in La Paz who won’t stop singing, no matter what the nasty mayor says and does. With courage, sacrifice, and the support of the townspeople, the gallito wins the right to sing and to be free.


Age it’s best for: 4-8

Why your child will love it

With a classic theme of hero vs villain, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! is a story children will get absorbed in. They will want to know what will happen to the gallito and the townspeople, and that the gallito will be okay in the end.

Children will also like the bits of humour that break up the tension of the story.

The illustrations in The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! are outstanding. Full of colour, pattern, and detail, they’re perfectly matched with the story and really bring it to life.

With a classic theme of hero vs villain, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! is a story children will get absorbed in. They will want to know what will happen to the gallito and the townspeople, and that the gallito will be okay in the end.

Children will also like the bits of humour that break up the tension of the story.

The illustrations in The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! are outstanding. Full of colour, pattern, and detail, they’re perfectly matched with the story and really bring it to life.


Why you will love it

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! is about courage, determination, and speaking out against injustice. These are big topics, and while the tone of the book is mostly serious, it’s not too heavy or dark. Having the hero be an animal, adding a bit of humour, and, of course, a happy and hopeful ending, combine to make it light enough for most kids to handle. To see if it’s okay for your child, watch this short video.

Like the story, the Author’s Note at the end is a tribute to those who are brave enough to speak up, even when there may be personal consequences.


Beyond the book

Here are some things you and your child can talk about after reading The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!:

  • Talk about real life leaders who have done what the gallito did (for example: Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King). Point out that, like in the story, leaders can only succeed if others are brave enough to stand with them.
  • The mayor takes several things away from the gallito. Which would be hardest for your child to do without?
  • Together with your child, come up with some solutions for the town’s noise problem. They don’t all have to be serious–you can be creative and silly!

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