The Tale of the Cage in Search of a Bird

Rodoula Pappa, Célia Chauffrey

NEFELI publishing

A little cage feels lonely because, unlike all the other cages, it’s not home to a bird.
So it sets off in search of one. It meets a busy swallow, an independent sparrow,
some noisy ducklings, a smug nightingale, a snooty peacock and finally a wise
old owl. At the end of its journey it learns that the best way to make lasting
friends is to take good care of them and to respect their freedom.

Rodoula Pappa is a writer and translator of children’s books as well as editor of NEFELI Publishing’s (based in Athens, Greece) children’s books series. Her first book, The Boy with the Tree (illustrated by Paolo Ghezzi) received the Greek National Prize for Children’s Literature; the second, A Little Old Man: An Alphabet Book (also illustrated by Paolo Ghezzi) was nominated for the same prize; while her third book, The Tale of the Cage has been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese and Korean.

Célia Chauffrey was born in Paris, France in 1978. She has been working as a freelance illustrator since 2003 when she graduated from the École de Dessin Émile Cohl in Lyon. She has collaborated with, among other publishers, L’École des Loisirs, Grund, Auzou, Frimousse. The picture book Pierre la Lune (text: A. Briere-Haquet) has been translated in fifteen languages.

published in

GREEK, FRENCH, SPANISH (North & South America), CHINESE (simplified), KOREAN

translations are also available in ENGLISH, GERMAN and RUSSIAN


Rodoula Pappa
Célia Chauffrey
The Tale of the Cage

ISBN: 978-960-504-127-4
Pages: 34, Hard Cover
Dimensions: 24x34cm
Catalogue Price in GREECE (incl. VAT 6%): € 13,90

Series: TSALAPETEINOS / Picture Books
Design and typography: P. Douvitsas


The book is published in:
GREEK: Nefeli publishing
FRENCH: Éditions Belin
SPANISH (North & South America): Leetra Final
CHINESE (simplified): Changchun Publishing
KOREAN: Hansolsoobook

Full length video (13m.) availlable for screening in schools, with narration in Greek and subtitles available in the following languages:

Spanish Edition by LEETRA (North & South America)

Érase una vez una jaula. Una jaula como cualquier otra menos por una cosa: dentro de ella no vivía ni un canario, ni un jilguero, ni un periquito ni ninguna otra ave. Era una jaula vacía… ¿Pero cómo puede una jaula vacía ser feliz? Entonces un buen día decidió emprender camino en busca de su suerte.

French Edition by BELIN

Comme toutes les cages à oiseaux, Petite Cage a une mangeoire remplie de graines, une coupelle d’eau fraîche et une gracieuse balançoire. Elle devrait être une maison idéale ! Et pourtant, Petite Cage est une cage à oiseaux… sans oiseaux. « Puisque aucun oiseau ne vient à moi, c’est moi qui irai à eux ! » décide-t-elle. Ainsi commence le voyage de Petite Cage… Trouvera-t-elle son bonheur ?

Korean Edition by HANSOLSOOBOOK

Chinese Edition by CHANGCHUN