PEEPING BEAUTY by Mary Jane Auch


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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 Would-be ballerina Poulette practices constantly. But when a fox claims to be a talent scout hiring for ``Peeping Beauty,'' she hesitates (``We hens never go off with strangers''). Still, he persists (``I brought this tutu from New York''); and, once her mind's made up, she can't be dissuaded by even the direst prophecies from her fellows (``You'll be on a poster one minute and on a platter the next''). Off she goes--but, fortunately, Poulette's practice has made her so muscular and agile that when the fox reveals his real intentions she topples him with a grand jetÇ and--after threatening to use him for chicken feed--sends him ignominiously packing. This refreshing reversal is served up in prose that's almost as exuberant as Auch's vibrant illustrations of the brashly stylized chicken swooping and swirling in a gorgeous array of harmoniously clashing colors. Grand fun. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 15th, 1993
ISBN: 0-8234-1001-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1993


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