foni ton zoon"
(The voice of the animals)
Patakis 2002 (out of print)
Illustrator: Natalia Kapatsoulia
The rooster, the hens, the cat, the donkey, the
dog and the lamp feel sorry for the horse because it
has no "voice". Together with the cuckoo,
the sparrow and the duck they decide to give him some
of theirs. The owl, wise bird that she is, does not
agree but the other animals take no notice of her. Instead
they go ahead with their plan to give the poor horse
a "voice". With each one giving a sound ...
a "kikirikoo" here, a "cuckoo" there,
some "miaw", a "woof... woof", they
manage to create a voice for the horse. But nature knows
what it's doing and has given every creature the voice
best suited to it.
"... Despite the wise owl's objection,
some animals made up an elaborate voice for the horse,
because they thought it needed it. Children will enjoy
this story, as they can add more animals to the catalogue
of those who want to offer a voice to the horse. And
surely children will join the owl, in its effort to
make the animals change their mind."
Yiannis Papadatos, UNICEF kai KOSMOS magazine - No 48,
" ... a wonderful humorous story, evolving through
the gradual addition of another animal and another voice.
Children will enjoy it and, at the same time, they will
have the opportunity to think what the owl, the wise
bird, has said: Nature has given every creature what
it really needs."
Eleni Sarantiti, ELEFTHEROTYPIA newspaper - 12 July