The young Parisian siblings from McClintock's well-loved Adèle & Simon embark on a second highly successful adventure, this time on a train journey through the United States with their Aunt Cécile. Sepia-colored endpapers trace their cross-country route on an old railway map, creating an early-20th-century setting, and the artist's characteristic ink-and-watercolor work depicts each of 12 destinations in impeccable period detail. Once again Simon loses one of his belongings at each stop; the hide-and-seek game that supports this skimpy storyline is enticing, although so subtly presented that inexperienced readers may miss it. Astute readers will also enjoy the well-researched endnotes, which provide historical and geographical background for each place the trio visits and indicate the presence of historical figures, too, in many illustrations. This bonus element encourages even closer attention and may be the start of a child's own journey out of the book, toward further exploration of the people and places so magnificently rendered here. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Adele and Simon in Americaby Barbara McClintock
Adèle and her younger brother, Simon, have just arrived in New York City to visit their Aunt Cécile and prepare for a grand train trip around America. "Please try not to lose anything on our trip," Adèle tells her brother with a sigh. But how can Simon remember to keep an eye on his belongings when there are so many wonderful/i>… See more details below
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Adèle and her younger brother, Simon, have just arrived in New York City to visit their Aunt Cécile and prepare for a grand train trip around America. "Please try not to lose anything on our trip," Adèle tells her brother with a sigh. But how can Simon remember to keep an eye on his belongings when there are so many wonderful distractions and astounding sights to take in? The endearing team from
Adèle & Simon returns in a crosscontinental adventure that reflects the vitality of early twentieth-century America, from the Boston Public Garden to San Francisco's Chinatown. Stunning pen-and-ink-andwatercolor illustrations are filled with innumerable hidden treasures, and endpapers featuring a period map of America extend the fun.
Adèle & Simon in America is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
The French youngsters introduced in Adèle & Simon (Farrar, 2006) return in this early-20th-century adventure with their Aunt Cécile. This book follows the same format and look as its predecessor, complete with McClintock's signature pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, off-white paper, vintage font, and endpaper maps following the siblings' travel route. As the children pack for their train trip across America, Adèle reminds Simon to try not to lose anything, while Aunt Cécile reassures them that she has labeled all of his belongings with his name and her address. This is a necessary precaution, because as soon as they arrive at the train station, Simon's journal goes missing. And in typical fashion, he continues to lose an item at each of their destinations, from San Francisco's Chinatown to Washington, DC. Fans of Where's Waldo? will enjoy searching for Simon's lost items amid all of the action-filled scenes, while adults will appreciate the great detail and line work. Readers of all ages will delight in the variety of facial and bodily expressions found in both the main and background characters. Also, while the colors remain muted, they are ever so slightly brighter than those in Adèle & Simon , creating a more open and airy feel to the scenes. Like the first book, McClintock includes endnotes detailing each location that the children visit. This is a feast for the eyes and a wonderful way to incorporate geographic information into a child's frame of knowledge.-Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD
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- 8.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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