Silence...absolute silence"" was the demand of the middle-aged, cranky Princess PaUline who had come to Grasse to recuperate from the vapors. The villagers tried to cooperate by doing everything from Continually whispering to tying straw to the horses' hooves. When the Princess Pauline chose the town square as her favorite place to repose, even the bargaining in the market place had to be done in sign language. It was Chou-Chou, the runaway kitten that belonged to the Mayor's daughter Colette, who rescued Grasse--her mewing chased away the Princess. For little girls, it's gently, daintily amusing, with a pastoral French charm. The author/illustrator's very familiar drawings and decorations are as expressive as always, but the pink and gray coloring seems a little monotonous here.