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Two French school girls, Caroline and Karen, are best friends and they are surprised by a detective who visits their classroom.
He asks where Caroline is as there were crimes committed in the City.
Karen is afraid for Caroline and tells him that she is not in school; he asks for directions to her parent's farm.
It turns out he is a movie star acting as a detective.
You must read this story to find out who the celebrity is and why is he interested in the farm.
Caroline's father, Etienne Gilbert de Cauwer, came from a place in Namur in Belgium to buy land and settle in Beaucourt sur Hallue, France.
Many men had died in World War II so a lot of the farm lands were up for sale in the late 1940's by, their widows.
He met his wife, Monique, there; she lived in a Chateau with her parents.
They had nine children, consisting of 6 boys and 3 girls.
Benoit was the oldest and he became an Engineer.
In addition there were: Francois, Michel, Antoine, Caroline, Claire, Veronique, Dominique and Nicolas who were now grown up, employed and currently married.
When they were growing up children attended the following schools: 'La Providence', 'Sacre Couer' and or 'Sainte Clotilde' in Amiens, France. They had their lunches at school and their mother would bring them home after school.
Caroline was a schoolmate of Karen, and also was her best friend.
During school vacations Caroline would invite Karen out to their farm.
They would ride on the tractor driven by her father, as well as plant the seed potatoes in spring; they would also gather them in late summer.
Etienne wanted potatoes for every meal; for lunch, boiled and dinner sautéed.
He had a crippled arm and hand from an accident; his tractor overturned in the field one day. The farm animals included; chickens, a cow (heifer), cats and dogs.
Caroline and Karen learned to drive in the farmyard; they also went bird hunting with their father and brothers in the nearby woods.
Mrs de Cauwers kitchen had a very large table that was always set for 11 to 13 places.
She normally spent her whole day in the kitchen preparing food for her large family and guests during school vacations.
This is a funny story about what happened to the two girls while in school.
They were in the same classroom when there was a sudden knock on the door.
The teacher answered the door and in walked the famous British actor, Peter Sellers, disguised as Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther series of films.
He introduced himself, 'Je suis, Inspector Clouseau de la Surete francais.'
The children all thought he was a real French detective.
Inspector Clouseau asked the class for a volunteer, to question why he was in their classroom. Karen, who nervously rose quickly, waved her arms and she was selected.
He spoke to her in English with a very poor French accent, but she however understood.
He lied and said there were some misdeeds committed in the City and he was in search of the culprits. He said he was looking for some members of the de Cauwer family who, were suspects. When he mentioned that she almost fainted from fright, but defended Caroline by stating that, she was not in class. He told her that he needed to visit their farm and search for clues. Would she direct him to their farm and bring a friend with her?
Cato had landed Peter Seller's plane at the Amiens Glisy Airport and inquired about the de Cauwer farm that Blake Edwards had proposed for the film site.
They had a delicious meal of Ficelle Picarde at the airport's restaurant and asked the owner, Nicole, if she knew where de Cauwers farm was located.
She told them that some of the de Cauwer children were in school at Sainte Clotilde in Amiens.
Peter and Cato rented a car and drove to the school; that is how they found Caroline's classroom.
With that information, Caroline and Karen were excused from class and went out to the farm with Inspector Clouseau in a Citroen, which Cato drove.
The famous movie director, Blake Edwards, was planning to do a new film, 'The Pink Panther Goes Haywire'. The story was to begin on a French farm and Peter Sellers wanted to be familiar with it before the filming started.
They arrived at the farm and Mrs de Cauwer greeted them at the front door.
She immediately recognized Peter Sellers' disguise and laughed.
He winked at her and said "What is so funny?" so she would not expose him to the two girls. He said to her, "Would it be ok to check your house and barn for evidence?"
She replied "Of course Inspector Clouseau, by all means, you are welcome." with a Picard accent.
Peter and Cato surveyed the farm with Caroline and Karen being their guides.
He thought this farm would be a good place to film his new movie and he would be very comfortable doing it.
He bid the girls 'Au revoir' and Cato drove him back to the Airport.
One month later, when school vacation had started, the director Blake Edwards and his film crew arrived at the farm. They began setting up their equipment to begin filming.
Peter Sellers (Jacques Clouseau), Burt Kwouk (Cato), Herbert Lom (Inspector Dreyfus) and the other stars studied their lines.
Etienne had signed a contract with Blake Edwards allowing him to do the movie on his property with two conditions- if later it was profitable, the producer would pay for College and living expenses for three of his sons who wanted to go to University. The second condition was that Caroline be filmed in a scene in the movie with Inspector Clouseau and also, be given tickets and coupons for snacks to her class when it was shown in Amiens.
Caroline and Karen were surprised when they realised that they had been fooled by Inspector Clouseau and that Caroline was to be in the movie.
In the scene she was in, Caroline appears at the farmhouse front door with a dog and knocks. Inspector Clouseau looks down at the dog and asks her "Does your dog bite?"
She shakes her head and says "No".
He comes out of the house and kneels down to pet the dog and the dog bites him.
The dog quits and Clouseau stands up saying "I thought you said your dog does not bite." Caroline answers "Sir, that is not my dog, it belongs to my friend Karen."
The movie is released and is a complete success.
Caroline and Karen returned to school that Fall and told their story to their classmates, who do not believe them.
Caroline gave them movie tickets and coupons for popcorn and drinks and they attended the show, when it came to the Cinema Gaumont Amiens.
They were never doubted again, especially when they appeared in the film with Peter Sellers as Jacques Clouseau.
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Retiring in 2000, Dennyk rekindled his childhood interest in children's stories first triggered by his father's funny stories, by completing a children's writing course.
Dennyk is married with two children and four grandchildren who live in Europe. His wife runs an animal rescue centre called 'Lillies of the Field', some of the animals feature in his stories.
Dennyk grew up in North Dakota, gaining a BSME from the State University, moving to Ohio in 1955, France in 1964, England in 1978, Canada in 1984 and returning to Ohio in 1990.
Here's a list of just some of Dennyk's stories which are rotated on this page one at a time and available to registered readers. The entire collection is available immediately to those registered for Unlimited Children's Stories (see Free Story Access above).
Black And Blue
Bonbon And Buzzy
Camping Gone Bad Canuck Cowgirl
Catch And Release
Dinky And Chomper
Dreama Talking Cockatoo
Fair And Square
Flowers And Birds
Huey And Yogi
Jake And Lill
Jeremy The Flyer
My Dog Jeremy
Someone Ill Be
The Five Germs
The Lone Ranger
The Majestic 6 Plus 1
The Three Boars
Thanks for your interest and happy reading.