The Richest Cow in the World

Original title: La vache la plus riche du monde

Author: Barroux

Publication Date:

May 2024

Pages:

32

Age Group:

7+

Original language and publisher

French | Les Arènes

Territories Sold

South Korea (Sam & Parkers)
Greece (Martis, at auction)

Genre

Children's

The Richest Cow in the World

Original title: La vache la plus riche du monde

Author: Barroux

Synopsis

Happy people age 7 to 77 will love this bucolic satire of Hollywood capitalism. — ELLE

Concerned, and sometimes dismayed, by the world around him, Barroux speaks about it to children with vigor, sobriety and effectiveness. — Arts Libre

This very funny, and not moralistic, fable underlines that happiness is in simple things and not in accumulation, notoriety, power. To reflect on true wealth, and the consequences of one’s choices, including on nature? — Café Pedagogique

What if happiness was in the meadow?

A humorous fable that reminds us that happiness is in simple things and that being happy does not mean being rich or powerful.

A cow is peacefully napping at the foot of an apple tree. A pig comes up to her and says, “Instead of taking a nap, you could collect all these apples and make pies, lots of pies, applesauce and even jam. Then you could sell them until you become… the richest cow in the world”.

As readers turn the pages, the pig embarks us on an imaginary story: the cow turning rich, managing her empire of apple trees from the top of a New York skyscraper, posing for an ad shoot, dining in chic restaurants with Hollywood stars…

But is this really what the cow wants?

Inspired by the story “The Mexican Fisherman and the Investment Banker”, the story makes us reflect on our relationship with work and money.

Marketing Information

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