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Children’s book by a professor of sociology: “We are inevitably interested in the profession”

Children’s book by a professor of sociology: “We are inevitably interested in the profession”

Professor of sociology at the University of Louvain, Benard Fusulier, tried his hand at writing a book for children: “On the road against Madagascar: Grisette’s fantastic journey”. He talked about it as a guest at 12:30 p.m.

The little goat Grisette embarks on a long journey, from the Belgian Ardennes to Madagascar, crossing the whole of Africa. She and her friends, a squirrel, a wolf, a small rabbit and two lemurs, want to find their families. This is the story told in the book “On the Road Against Madagascar: Grisette’s Fantastic Journey”, written by Bernard Fusulier.

Doctor in sociology, professor at the University of Louvain and research director of the National Fund for Scientific Research, Bernard Fusulier wrote this book based on the stories he told his two daughters.

However, references to his qualifications are not missing from this book, on the contrary: “There is a view of history which is the view of sociologists“, he explains at 12:30 p.m.

Children’s book on sociology

The characters in the book were not written by chance: “Grisette is an intelligent, adventurous, resourceful goat… She expresses a form of femininity that does not correspond to stereotypes!“, the sociologist justifies.

During her journey, Grisette will meet different characters, all very different. It is, for Bernard Fusulier, a reflection of society: “It is a story that shows diversity that is not built on competition, but on mutual help.“.

The journey of Grisette and her friends will be disrupted by many trials that they will have to overcome. “This story shows how to overcome these difficulties through solidarity between a group of friends and encounters that take place on the spot.“. Writing this book is also an opportunity for Bernard Fusulier to convey certain values, such as ecology.

“It is necessary, from early childhood, to give taste to vocabulary”

The book is intended for children from 5 to 10 years old. Bernard Fusulier recommends, however, that you accompany the youngest in reading his book. The vocabulary used should be rich, explained by a small glossary on each page: “It seems to me that in the digital world as we know it, it is necessary to taste vocabulary from an early age. To train, in a way, children to be able to read the world in a complex way, because we live in a complex society“. To achieve this, the author did not hesitate to seek the help of psychopedagogical consultants of ONE.

A portion of the sales of this book will be donated to Télévie.

■ Interview with Benard Fusulier, writer and physician doctor of sociology and professor at the University of Louvain conducted by Vanessa Lhuillier etc Fanny Rochez

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