Rabbit Pirates: A Tale of the Spinach Main

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Monsieur Lapin and Monsieur Blanc own the Spinach Main, a restaurant in the south of France famous for its fresh vegetables and excellent cuisine. Business is good until the day Monsieur Reynard, the fox, walks in. "Such tasty patrons--I mean portions," he says. "I plan to eat here often." The restaurant empties. What can Monsieur Lapin and Monsieur Blanc do? They have given up their pirate ways and are now rabbits of peace, but the fox is not easily discouraged. Then, one dark night, when the rabbits are sitting outside on their terrace admiring the moon . . .

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Judy Cox is a grade school teacher and puts that experience to use when writing for children. A native of the San Francisco area, she now lives in Oregon.

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Grade 2-4-Monsieur Lapin and Monsieur Blanc, two rabbit friends with mysterious pasts, have hung up their scabbards and opened the Spinach Main, a fine restaurant in Provence. Former pirates? Perhaps, but they're not telling. Their restaurant, which serves the freshest salads and crusty homemade bread, attracts many diners, including Monsieur Reynard, a hungry fox with something other than salad on his mind. "Such tasty patrons! I mean, portions!" he comments, "I hope to eat here often." In the clever narrative, Cox spins out the funny details of the fox's attempts to capture the two rabbits and how they foil his plans. French phrases (defined in a glossary) sprinkled throughout give a continental flavor to the story, and the sometimes hilarious dialogue between the feisty restaurateurs begs to be read aloud. The beautiful watercolor illustrations are filled with energy and detail. The restaurant scenes provide a visual feast of vegetables and breads. McCully's paintings of the Provence landscape, especially when work is done and Monsieur Lapin and Monsieur Blanc "rest themselves on the terrace, glasses in hand, and watch the sunset," evoke a sense of peace and well-being. "Life is tres bonne at the Spinach Main." This is an outstanding book-unusual and clever!-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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