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The hen who sailed around the world : a true story
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Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, map ; 27 x 27 cm
"Guirec Soudée tells the true story of his 3,400 mile sea voyage with his pet hen, Monique."-- Provided by publisher.


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Children's Book 636.5 Soude
Children's Book 636.5 Soude
Children's Book 636.5 Soude

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Meet Monique! In this true story, online phenomenon Guirec Soudée shares his adventures both unbelievable and heartwarming, sailing around the world with his brave, affectionate red hen, Monique.
Monique is a highly accomplished chicken: she surfs, she skateboards, and she just crossed the world on a tiny boat with her human companion, Guirec, who helped steer. On their three-year journey, together they were unstoppable. When they became stranded in the ice off Greenland for four months, Monique, unruffled as always, kept Guirec alive with her eggs-- and they both made it home.

Guirec and Monique are irresistible as unlikely comrades and friends taking on the world, and Guirec documented their journey with his remarkable, comical photographs. A deeply touching portrait of the real-life bond between animals and the humans who love them as well as a thrilling survival story, The Hen Who Sailed Around the World is an adventure for the ages.

Author Notes

Guirec Soudée sails around the world on his yacht Yvinec accompanied by a red hen called Monique. At age 22, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean alone. At 23, he went 130 days without assistance stuck in ice near Greenland. At 24, he became the youngest navigator in the world to cross the Northwest Passage alone! He and Monique are currently crossing the Pacific Ocean.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Soudée, who has documented his sailing adventures online, offers a photo-filled account of his globe-spanning journey with first mate Monique-a red hen. Though Soudée first brought Monique along for her egg-laying, he explains, she soon became a valued companion. Soudée's selfies show him hoisting the sails, navigating a route below deck, or on lookout at the boat's bow-always with Monique alongside or perched atop him. A particularly striking image (taken with a drone camera) shows the sailboat trapped in ice, which forced Soudée and Monique to overwinter off the coast of Greenland, Monique wearing a sweater made of gloves. Once the ice melts, Soudée and Monique sail on, succeeding in becoming "the youngest navigator and first chicken ever to sail the Northwest Passage." Readers are likely to be as fascinated by Soudée's relationship with Monique as they are by the beauty and peril of their incredible voyage. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.