To start off this holiday season reading, I would like to share a fun picture book called "Three French Hens" written by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Richard Egielski. This book was so much fun for me to read and Celeste loved the illustrations and the story.
The story starts this way:
"On the third day of Christmas, a mademoiselle from Paris sent her true love three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree...The hens never arrived."
The three french hens are Colette, Poulette, and Fifi and end up in New York City. They are determined to find Philippe Renard. They find instead Phil Fox, a poor, very hungry fox from the Bronx. The story has an unexpected twist and proves that the spirit of the holidays can bring the most unusual animals (or people) together.
"Bonjour! Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel! Monsieur Philippe Renard! sang out the three French hens. We are Colette, Poulette, and Fifi! A present from your true love!
Now, Phil knew all well and good that he was not Philippe Renard. He was very sure he wasn't anyone's true love. And he barely knew a word of French. But...Phil was a clever enough fox to recognize a free meal when he saw one. Three French hens on his doorstep? It was better than Chinese takeout! "