Poulette the dancing hen falls into the clutches of a hungry fox, who exploits her desire to become a great ballerina.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyPW praised Auch's ``savvy'' prose style in this tale of a ballerina chicken. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Jan LiebermanTalented Poulette, a hen, is determined to be a ballerina. Disregarding the warnings of the other hens, Poulette choose to believe the patter of a dapper fox, disguised as a talent scout. She agrees to star in his ballet "Peeping Beauty." On opening night she learns the identity of her dancing partner (it's not Baryshnikov). Will Poulette end up as a drumstick on Fox's platter, or will she outfox him? Tune in to the fun-filled balletic escapade. 1995 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-- Poulette the hen longs to become a famous ballerina. While her companions gossip and scratch in the garden, she stretches her limbs and dances her heart out. When a fox in talent scout's clothing appears seeking a star for a new production entitled ``Peeping Beauty,'' the other hens try to convince Poulette that it's a trick. However, the star-struck chick is unable to resist a pretty pink tutu and the promise of applause. During the performance, the fox finally reveals his true colors, as well as a mouth full of teeth, and Poulette must think on her feet to save the show--and her life. Both text and artwork convey the humor and drama of this tale. The language is lively and filled with witty phrases and ballet references. Using bright colors and just enough detail, Auch sets her cast of characters against a simple backdrop. Poulette, with her wistful expression and ballet-slipper clad drumsticks, manages to be both graceful and funny, while the fox comes across as just the slightest bit trustworthy. Scenes of the ballet are highlighted by bright pinks and purples, building the excitement of the finale. Moving beyond the traditional chicken-versus-fox scenario, Auch sends a positive message about an inspiring heroine who believes in her dreams and in herself. --Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
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