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French Flavored Picture Books: Everybody Bonjours!

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 14, 2010

In honor of Bastille Day, the French national holiday which is celebrated in July 14—La Fête Nationale.

I wish I had time to give my own reviews of each of these books but I’m about to whip up a batch of crêpes for some hungry visitors. I’ve provided the synopsis of each of these French flavored favorites:

Everybody Bonjours!Everybody Bonjours!

by Leslie Kimmelman

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 8, 2008)

Synopsis: Shop a fancy France-y store. Eat a pretty petit four. Discover! Sightsee! Explore! On this fun and friendly tour, everybody says “Bonjour!” Whether at a soccer stadium (“players scoring”), a crêpe stand (“batter pouring”), or strolling the Champs d’Elysee (where folks “bonjour” in every store), a little girl and her family are welcomed everywhere with the signature French greeting. Jump into these pages and enjoy the trip! Through lilting words and lively images, Everybody Bonjours welcomes young reader-travelers to a Paris that isn’t just for artists, grown-ups, and dreamers–it’s for kids!

Add this book to your collection: Everybody Bonjours!

Adele & SimonAdele & Simon

by Barbara McClintock

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (September 5, 2006)

Synopsis: When Adele walks her little brother Simon home from school he loses one more thing at every stop: his drawing of a cat at the grocer’s shop, his books at the park, his crayons at the art museum, and more.

Note: This book is set in early 20th century Paris.

Add this book to your collection: Adele & Simon

This is Paris (This is . . .)This is Paris

by Miroslav Sasek

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 64 pages

Publisher: Universe (April 24, 2004)

Synopsis: This is Paris, first published in 1959, brings Paris, one of the most exciting cities in the world, to life. There are famous buildings, beautiful gardens, cafés, and the Parisians-artists, concierges, flower girls, and even thousands of cats. Take a tour along the banks of the Seine, through the galleries of the Louvre, and to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Add this book to your collection: This is Paris

Leave us a comment: Which books do you think best appease a true Francophile?

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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