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.