Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey's Cautionary Taleby Mary Jane Auch, Herm Auch (Illustrator), Herm Auch (Illustrator)
Beauty and her friends think Lance is the most conceited bird in the hen yard. From the moment the turkey arrives on the farm, he spends his time swaggering around the Chic Hen beauty shop, boasting that he is the only bird invited to a special feast. Determined not to let Lance ruffle her feathers, Beauty practices her favorite eggserciseflyingand accidentally discovers just what kind of guest Lance will be at the feast. Can Beauty come up with a plan to save Lance before his life eggspires?
Wonderfully creative handmade characters and sets are the highlight of this over-the-top chicken tale about a beauty shop, a vain Tom turkey, and Thanksgiving Day dinner. One day, a self-important turkey enters The Chic Hen and announces that he's been invited to a special dinner. When Beauty, the owner of the shop, discovers that he is not invited for dinner but as dinner, she and the other hens strategize to save the frantic fowl. Their best and final plan, to put him in a dress and save him from the oven, works well. Every word that begins with the letters "ex" (and there are many of them) are re-spelled to fit the theme: "eggsercise," "eggsploring," "eggstensive," etc. The book is filled with puns that will be understood by older children and adults. In one instance, a beauty shop customer is reading Miss Coop Living magazine and the two feature articles are "Feathering Your First Nest" and "Living on the Other Side of the Road." The illustrations are well worth poring over. The author made chicken mannequins with polymer eyes, beaks, and shoes, as well as wool wings and yarn feathers. Her husband designed the sets, built them, and photographed the images, adjusting their size. A humorous story about dressing a turkey, but not in the usual manner.
Maryann H. OwenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
Mary Jane and Herm Auch have collaborated on nine books for children. Their Princess and the Pizza was an IRA Children's Choice, winner of the Storytelling World Award, and a nominee for the Young Hoosier Picture Book Award, and the Show Me Readers Award. They live near Rochester, New York.
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