Charlotte in Paris

Charlotte in Paris

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by Joan MacPhail Knight, Melissa Sweet
     
 

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It's 1892. Charlotte and her family have lived abroad in the famous artist colony in Giverny, France, for a year, when an exciting invitation arrives. The celebrated impressionist Mary Cassatt is having an exhibition in Paris. While in Paris, Charlotte dines at a cafe on the Champs-Elysees, watches a marionette show in the Tuileries gardens and celebrates her

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It's 1892. Charlotte and her family have lived abroad in the famous artist colony in Giverny, France, for a year, when an exciting invitation arrives. The celebrated impressionist Mary Cassatt is having an exhibition in Paris. While in Paris, Charlotte dines at a cafe on the Champs-Elysees, watches a marionette show in the Tuileries gardens and celebrates her birthday at the Eiffel Tower. Illustrated with stunning museum reproductions of works by artists such as Monet, Degas, Cassatt, Renoir and Rodin as well as lovely watercolor collages, this sequel to Charlotte in Giverny also includes biographical sketches of the featured painters. Charlotte's charming scrapbook will leave fans of the first book, art lovers, Francophiles and readers of all ages shouting, "Vive Charlotte!"

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Let the adventures continue! In the sequel to Charlotte in Giverny, a girl's journal records her visit to the City of Light in Charlotte in Paris by Joan MacPhail Knight, illus. by Melissa Sweet. The daughter of American artists living in France, Charlotte sees a marionette show in the Tuileries, visits the Louvre, attends an Impressionist art exhibition and celebrates her birthday at the Eiffel Tower. With reproductions of famous works by Monet, Degas, Cassatt and more, as well as watercolors by Sweet, this scrapbook celebrates the art and artists in France in the 1890s. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This story is told by the narrator, Charlotte Glidden. She is the fictitious daughter of an American artist living in Giverny, France in 1893. We read the journal of Charlotte and in doing so we get a biographical portrait of the famous artists of France during this period. Many Americans were there at this time learning to paint like the French masters. Charlotte and her family get an invitation to a Mary Cassett exhibition in Paris, where Charlotte enjoys the many delights of this beautiful city. The book is attractively illustrated with museum reproductions, watercolor paintings, collages, and old postcards, giving the book a realistic and somewhat vintage appearance. The artistic sketches often have enough French labels so that readers could pick up a few words or phrases if so inclined. 2003, Chronicle Books LLC, Ages 8 to 11.
— Pat Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The fictional young American diarist of Charlotte in Giverny (Chronicle, 2000) spends part of 1893 with her artist parents in Paris, visiting the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Tuileries gardens, among other sights. Her journal chronicles a friendship with Julie Manet and recalls neighborhood gossips who give personal details about such artists as Cassatt, Degas, Renoir, and Rodin, 14 of whom are profiled at the book's end. The narrative is breathless and chock-full of incidental characters, including every dog Charlotte meets. Sweet's delicate watercolors of details like "les parapluies" and "la citronnade" represent the protagonist's paintings and fully balance the fine-art reproductions that appear throughout. Readers are also treated to the girl's journal collectibles, such as a peacock feather, a recipe for cherry "Clafoutis," and postcards of the fair city. This enchanting episode in Charlotte's life introduces Paris, gardening, and an exciting period in the art world.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811837668
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Charlotte Series
Pages:
52
Sales rank:
148,683
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Joan MacPhail Knight spent most of her growing-up years in Paris. The mother of two daughters, she now lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband Bill, two Brussels Griffons and an ancient Pug.

Melissa Sweet has illustrated several cookbooks and over thirty children's books. Every year she takes a trip to collect images for her beautiful collages. She lives in Maine.

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Charlotte in Paris 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book.
grammaof4 More than 1 year ago
This is the third "Charlotte" book I have bought from Barnes and Noble for our granddaughter. I am taking this book and "Charlotte in Paris" to her for Easter. She is eagerly waiting for them. She has already read them because she checked them out from the library - but having them in her own collection is something she wants very badly and I am always happy to give books to all of my grandchildren. I browsed through the book and look forward to reading it with her next week. It is beautifully illustrated and promises to be a charming and delightful read.