Adele and Simon in America
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Adele and Simon in America

by 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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
Adele and Simon are young, turn-of-the-century travelers from Paris who are taking a thrilling cross-country trip with their Aunt Cecile in tow. The story opens as the three are packing their suitcases in Aunt Cecile's Greenwich Village apartment. With their aunt's help, Adele and Simon have packed everything they will need. The trouble is that Simon is not very good at keeping track of things! From the moment they board the train in New York City to the time they reach their last stop in Washington, D.C., Simon manages to misplace many wardrobe items and much of his travel gear. As they roam through cities and countryside, over mountains and rivers, from East coast to West coast and back, friendly strangers help search for Simon's latest lost items…with no apparent luck. Adele worries and scolds her little brother for his forgetfulness. Simon, meanwhile, is unconcerned, blissfully experiencing the new landscape or landmark. Each time, Aunt Cecile simply smiles and ushers the children on to the next exciting stop on the tour. Thanks to her planning, there's much to see and do, and because she's thoughtfully put Simon's name and her address on everything, their story has a happy ending: a lot of packages waiting for Simon at the apartment in Greenwich Village to welcome him home! While the story is pleasant and the details about travel before the advent of the airplane very informative for today's children, the real treat here are the illustrations. The charming, full-color pictures—each a double page spread with the text below—evoke the hand-colored etchings of long ago. The illustrator uses the wide space available to full advantage, showing a panoramic view of the placevisited in the background while utilizing the foreground for Adele, Simon, Aunt Cecile and a host of interestingly-costumed extras engaged in all sorts of historically-accurate, visually-engaging activities. In many illustrations, the main characters are immersed in the crowd so that readers can play a "Where's Waldo?" type of game as they read along. The text is geared to a slightly older picture book reader and includes an addendum of facts about the locales visited, so this might easily be used in elementary classrooms as part of a geography lesson. The end papers are maps of the United States, one identifying each city visited in its order of appearance in the story and the other one identifying each place Simon lost an item. Sturdy hard cover binding makes this a perfect choice for library, school or home bookshelves. There is a lot to look at in the illustrations, so it is certain the pages will be turned many times! Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

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

Kirkus Reviews
Still channeling Kate Greenaway in the art, though adding her own vein of sly humor, McClintock recycles the plot of her award-winning Adele and Simon (2006) across a much larger stage. To the vast annoyance of big sister Adele, absent-minded young Simon proceeds to strew his gear-from journal and pencil box to buckskin jacket and cowboy hat-across the turn-of-the-20th-century United States as indulgent Aunt Cecile conducts the two on a coast-to-coast-and back-tour. The broad, very finely drawn American scenes reward close study; not only are the small tourists and their lost items there to be picked out, but each spread is stocked with bustling figures and business, along with accurately rendered architectural and historical detail. The repetitive narrative may pall on adult readers of the well-heeled pair's previous outing, but children have more tolerance for that sort of thing, and the elegant period visuals supply plenty of eye candy. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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First Edition
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Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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