Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
In honor of Bastille Day, the French national holiday that marks the beginning of the French Revolution,
we present some of our favorite stories about France!
The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux
written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
J 944.72 MCCUL
As World War II rages around them, four boys explore the French countryside and discover a cave whose walls are covered with paintings and engravings that have been perfectly preserved for more than 17,000 years. Should they keep their find a secret?
The Cat Who Walked Across France
by Kate Banks, illustrated by Georg Hallensleben
A cat lives with an old woman by the sea in France. When the old woman dies, the cat is sent away to the north, but decides he wants to make his way back home. He travels all the way across the country-- he sees cities, bridges, mountains, and pastures-- but what will he find when he finally makes it back to the little stone house by the sea?
Crepes by Suzette
written and illustrated by Monica Wellington
Suzette pushes her street cart all over Paris selling her crepes. Included in the book is a recipe to make your own crepes, plus a small glossary to help you learn some basic French words.
written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans
You remember how the story begins: "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines...". The story of Madeline has been enchanting children for more than 70 years. Bemelmans shares the delightful story of Madeline and the children of her boarding school. His illustrations place the children in some of the more famous spots in Paris during their daily walks. If you are unsure of the places shown when the girls take their walk each day, they are listed in the back. Share this classic with someone. It will put a smile on your face.
by Eve Titus, illustrated by Paul Galdone
This Caldecott Honor book is a classic story about a mouse named Anatole, who becomes a professional cheese taster at the Duvall Cheese Factory so he can take care of his family. Anatole is very successful, and his friend refers to him as "a mouse magnifique!" This book will appeal to all who love charming stories filled with French words and French cheese!
Come Fly With Me
written and illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa
This beautiful tale about two friends flying across Paris to the White Dome (Sacré-Coeur) in Montmartre is very charming. The beautiful watercolors add a lot to the story, especially the scenes where the storm is coming in and the two friends are whirled around "topsy and turvy." This adventurous story illustrates the fact that real friends stick together through thick and thin.
This Is Paris
written and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek
J 944 SASEK
This story introduces children to the magic of Paris. The book evokes a sense of wonder, while relaying facts about Paris that children will find very captivating. We see things like Notre Dame, a ticket to ride the Metro, and a gendarme. The illustrations are done in a style that helps provide a leaping off point for imagining even more about the story.
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