Monday, 22 November 2010

Book Sharing Monday :: Three French Hens

We are starting to get holiday books at our local library! If you look below my blog header, you will see the librarything widget that shows our current reading books for this winter season. I don't add every single book that we read, only our favourite ones.

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! "


  1. Sorry to be late linking in. : ) Scheduled yesterday's post and was busy doing (American) Thanksgiving-related things so didn't get a chance to stop by.

    My brain is already leaping ahead to winter holiday books, though, so I'm happy to have the recommendation of Three French Hens from you, Alex--it looks like a fun read!

  2. I would like to know the end of the story. Beautiful illustrations :)

    Easy French


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