A Walk In Paris by Salvatore Rubbino
|A Walk In Paris by Salvatore Rubbino|
|Category: Emerging Readers|
|Reviewer: Zoe Morris|
|Summary: A wonderful look at the city of Paris through the eyes of a young explorer and her clever grandad who knows the streets well. Just perfect.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 40||Date: March 2014|
Welcome to the City of Lights! Come join a little girl and her grandad as they spend a magical day exploring the sights of Paris. Follow them as they see the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Sit down with them in the bistro as they tuck into lunch, and then look longingly alongside them as they gaze at the delicious treats in the window of the pâtisserie.
This is a beautifully presented book that’s more than just a story. The adventure is exciting enough, but if you want extra each page is packed with snippets of ‘insider’ information about the city. These are in smaller text and slotted into the pictures, so they don’t intrude on the main story but are there if you want them, and include quirky facts such as what Wallace fountains are and what they do, and where to find the Chimera Gallery.
I’m currently planning my fourth trip to Paris, and as it’s also a popular setting for novels, I’m reasonably familiar with the city, but this book brought lots of new facts to my attention. At the same time, this summer will be the Boy’s first trip to the city, and I loved that we could look at this book together to prepare for our visit. It beats the pants off any traditional guide book.
This book is a piece of art in its own right, and not just the fold-out Eiffel Tower. Every page is packed with detail and the overall style of the illustrations is classic with a definite European feel, perfect for the setting. I love that the little girl has a neckerchief on along with her blue and white striped t-shirt. We saw so many people dressed just like that last year, so it’s a cliché for a reason.
This is an utterly enchanting picture book for adults, and I hope their children will share it with them. It’s the sort that is too good to give away, so if you’re planning it as a gift, you may as well go right ahead and buy an extra copy so you have one to keep.
Thanks go to the publishers for supplying this beautiful book. It’s definitely a keeper, and gets a full cinq points. C'est formidable!
Claude in the City by Alex T Smith features a dog who wears a beret. And you can't get much more French than that, can you?
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