THE LITTLE WHITE HEN AND THE EMPEROR OF FRANCE by Gommaar Timmermans

THE LITTLE WHITE HEN AND THE EMPEROR OF FRANCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This opens, peacefully, with farmer John Sprout and his companion, a hen named Blanche, ""in a little farm in the country between a haystack and an apple tree,"" and all through there's less frenzy and authorial wising off than in The Great Balloon Race, above. But there's no lack of action as Blanche, registered as a beast of burden, is drafted into the army of a Napleon-like Emperor, John accompanies her to war, and through a series of silly accidents Blanche makes peace between Emperor and Czar (""Why should a million soldiers fight over a hen?"") and goes home to the farm with both the Cross of St. Louis and the Star of Russia. We'll add a muted American welcome.

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1976
Publisher: Addison-Wesley