"When Chickens Grow Teeth": A Story from the French of Guy de Maupassant

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In a tale based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, bedridden Frenchman Toine helps out his stern, strict wife, Madame Colette, by hatching eggs for her under his large arms.

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In this charming retelling of a Guy de Maupassant classic children's story, we meet Antoine, a jovial café owner with a penchant for cream puffs, and his ill-tempered wife, Madame Colette, who finds joy only in attending to her chickens and prize-winning eggs. After toppling from a ladder, Antoine is confined to bed with an aching back and an empty stomach. Madame Colette, enraged by the constant flow of attentive visitors to her husband's bedside, devises a plan in which Antoine's warm bed pillows, and his sizable arms, act as an incubator for ten lonesome chicken eggs. Antoine's "Ooo la la la la . . . I'll hatch eggs when chickens grow teeth" attitude quickly changes when Madame declares that for every egg broken, Antoine will miss an entire day of meals. Fearing Madame's threat, Antoine vigilantly guards his eggs and waits expectantly for his chicks' arrival. Wendy Anderson Halperin's illustrations have appeared in Hunting the White Cow and Homeplace, both selected as "Best Books of the Year" by School Library Journal. Halperin's detailed watercolors encircle the engaging text of When Chickens Grow Teeth, a book that will stir children's imaginations long after the last chicks' peep. (For ages 4 to 7.)

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