Book Review of Vivienne in Paris
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Maria Castellucci Moore
Illustrated by Emanuela Mannello
Ages 4+ | 38 Pages
Publisher: Mascot Kids | ISBN-13: 9781637551431
What to Expect: Adventure, sensory experiences, France, mindfulness
Vivienne has decided to play tourist for the day in her beautiful hometown of Paris, France. However, her grand-père has a challenge for her—can she move through the city experiencing it with all five of her sense, as if she were seeing it for the first time? Vivienne decides to give it a try. She concentrates on the warm, buttery taste of her breakfast croissant, the calm and graceful sound of the violin playing at the Opera House, and the creamy, pungent scent of the Brie at the Fromagerie. Living in each magical moment as she finds it, Vivienne learns to appreciate her city as never before!
The human brain is unique in its ability to dwell on the past and imagine the future, but this ability can sometimes mean we miss the beautiful things around us in the present moment. Vivienne in Paris draws on mindfulness teachings about living in the present and the body to take readers on a delightful tour of Paris, experiencing the city’s unique sights, smells, and sounds for themselves as they follow Vivienne on her explorations. At the same time, the story gently guides readers to pay attention to their senses and bodies to experience the wonder in their own lives. Delightful, pastel-colored illustrations evoke Vivienne’s happiness, while the longer text style makes this simple story appropriate for more advanced readers.
Ooh, la, la! Vivienne in Paris is beautiful, joyful, and instructive—a real feel-good story.
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About the Author
Owner Entrepreneur, first-generation American, writer, and mother to four children. Maria Castellucci Moore strives to bring passion and enthusiasm to all her endeavors. A lover of all things European, María has found great passion through her travels to Paris, Italy, Spain, and South America. Her affection for winemaking, foreign languages, the arts, ballroom dancing, and traveling has given María a unique and grateful perspective on life. Her love for her family and helping others through charitable giving has enabled María to thoughtfully curate purposeful life adventures.
María Castellucci Moore earned her bachelor of arts degree in finance from Dominican University on a tennis scholarship. She later pursued studies at New York University and the London School of Economics with a focus on global affairs. In 2016, with her siblings, Maria founded Castellucci Napa Family, a luxury wine and real estate brand. María runs her wine label and a family real estate development company in the greater Bay Area. She is a board member of the San Francisco Opera Guild and is enthusiastic about building opportunity and community through the arts.
María resides in Saint Helena, California, with her husband and four young children. She enjoys writing; traveling; attending the opera, ballet, and symphony; flower arranging; winemaking; ballroom dancing; and playing tennis and the piano.
For more information, visit https://mariacastelluccimooreauthor.com/.
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