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Anatole
     

Anatole

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by Eve Titus, Paul Galdone (Illustrator)
 

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Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family--but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note--"good," "not so good,"

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Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family--but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note--"good," "not so good," "needs orange peel"--and signs his name. When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed--but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward--if only they could find him...

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Anatole, the Parisian mouse in beret and smock, first rode his bicycle into the hearts of readers fifty years ago and garnered a Caldecott honor. While foraging for food for his family with his friend Gaston, Anatole is shocked to hear that people consider mice villains. Determined to earn an honest living, he samples cheeses from the Duval Cheese Factory and leaves the folks typed notices of the quality of their cheeses. Although they wonder about the identity of their connoisseur, the factory folk follow his notes and their cheeses sell better than ever. Respecting his wish to remain anonymous, M. Duval invites Anatole to help himself to cheese and other delicacies every night. Anatole and his family are proud and happy that he has become "a respectable business-mouse." Galdone's very lively black-and-gray drawings give us the flavor of a somewhat historical Paris to go along with the touches of French in the text and the flag on the endpapers. Alternating double pages have added touches of blues and reds that perk up the scenes. Anatole and the other mice are clad in appropriate clothing. The clever hero and his large, loving family are fun to follow. The story holds up well for its age, even with the limited color range dictated by the technology of the time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375839016
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/14/2006
Edition description:
Anniversar
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
217,341
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.17(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Eve Titus was the author of numerous bestselling and beloved children's books, including the Anatole books and many chapter books about a mouse detective--Basil of Baker Street. Ms. Titus pased away in 2002.
Paul Galdone illustrated nearly three hundred books during his long career, many of which he also retold. His renditions of nursery tales such as The Little Red Hen, and Three Little Kittens have become classics. He illustrated nearly all of Ms. Titus' books, winning a Caldecott Honor award for both Anatole and Anatole and the Cat. Mr. Galdone passed away in 1986.

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Anatole 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Make-it-Snappy More than 1 year ago
Anatole is the story of a courageous little mouse with a special talent. His adventure leads to success through creative problem solving to help those he loves. It's a great message, and a fun story with beautiful illustrations done in 'old school' style with an unusual choice of three colors: bright pink, turquoise blue, and black. The story takes place in 1950s France and will interest anyone interested in France, daring mice, good cheese (seriously!), adventure, and doing things your own way. This book could lead to a lot of activities as Anatole uses his nose to rate various cheeses (precursor to Ratatouille) and leaves fabulous written tasting notes that had my 6 year old laughing out loud and wanting to do the same. This is a read-to book for the younger set as there are a lot of words, and the story is interesting and detailed enough to read multiple times. Charming and fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my 3 1/2 year old son loves it and i love the story (very ethical) myself though at first i had a hard time reading those french names and simple phrases.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my daughter's 3rd Grade class. They were very amused by the story and the French names. Highly recommend!