Periwinkle at the Full Moon Ball
(Le premier bal d'Agaric Passiflore
) is the first book in the Beechwood Bunny Tales
series. It was originally published by France's Éditions Milan
in 1987, and in the United States by Gareth Stevens
in 1991. In its native country, the book won the Prix Saint-Exupéry
for 1988, and the Prix de la Ville de Paris
for its author.
A young rabbit named Periwinkle Bellflower ("Agaric Passiflore" in the French version) learns of the summertime Full Moon Ball that will soon take place in the community of Beechwood Grove. Unlike the other rabbits in his family, he cannot dance, and this makes him sad. But, with the help of a conniving magpie
, Magda, and a wood pigeon
and a frog
as his teachers, he soon learns how to do so in a couple of days.
On the night of the Ball, Periwinkle takes centre stage with his moves, unaware of Madga's plan: the whole of Beechwood is supposed to laugh at him in embarrassment. However, a white owl in the audience exposes the magpie's trick. Recognising his steps, she asks Periwinkle to dance them again, much to the joy of his family and the other rabbits. He continues until dawn, when the Bellflowers return home.
On November 10
, France's TF1
network aired an adaptation of the book, entitled "Periwinkle's First Dance" in English. It was the 13th official (and 11th broadcast) episode of its animated series, The Bellflower Bunnies
Beez Entertainment and Seven Sept released it on DVD in March 2005, on the third volume of this show's second season.