Kids may well demand to be taken to the nearest passport office after finishing this light-as-a-soufflé salute to the City of Lights. On vacation with her parents (clearly well-heeled) and little brother, a girl embraces her role as tourist, savoring all the places where one can say "Bonjour": On a barge trip down the Seine, at the top of the Tour Eiffel and Notre Dame, in a chic boutique-or, as Kimmelman (Dance, Sing, Remember) puts it in her economical text: "Doing chores./ Eating petits fours./ Everybody bonjours!" McMenemy's (Waggle) mixed-media images, mostly full-page scenes of classic locations, are a stylish yet timeless mélange of fauvist whimsy and affectionate reportage; the days are sunny, the flowers are in brilliant bloom, and every Parisian is smiling. A bubbly, illustrated afterward offers a soupçon of additional information on each of the sites that appear in the pages. Fantastique!Ages 5-8. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Everybody Bonjours!by Leslie Kimmelman, Sarah McMenemy
Shop a fancy France-y store. Eat a pretty petit four. Discover! Sightsee! Explore! On this fun and friendly tour, everybody says “Bonjour!” Whether at a soccer stadium (“players scoring”), a crêpe stand (“batter pouring”), or strolling the Champs d’ Elysee (where folks “bonjour” in every store), a little
Shop a fancy France-y store. Eat a pretty petit four. Discover! Sightsee! Explore! On this fun and friendly tour, everybody says “Bonjour!” Whether at a soccer stadium (“players scoring”), a crêpe stand (“batter pouring”), or strolling the Champs d’ Elysee (where folks “bonjour” in every store), a little girl and her family are welcomed everywhere with the signature French greeting. Jump into these pages and enjoy the trip! Through lilting words and lively images, Everybody Bonjours welcomes young reader-travelers to a Paris that isn’t just for artists, grown-ups, and dreamers– it’s for kids!
PreS-Gr 1- A mom, dad, girl, and baby travel to Paris, where everyone says bonjour . As they explore the sights, they are cheerfully greeted again and again: "From shores./In stores./On guided tours./Everybody bonjours !" Short bursts of rhyming text lead up to the title refrain. The naive, mixed-media illustrations show the family visiting the Eiffel Tower, a café, the zoo, and an open-air market. The scenery is filled with abstract splashes of bright watercolors set against white backdrops, and the girl, wearing a red dress with a white heart on it, stands out on each page. Her smile and eager posture indicate her enjoyment. The endpapers feature labeled drawings of the settings shown throughout the book. At the beginning, Monsieur LeMousie shares the meaning and phonetic pronunciation of bonjour and merci . The mouse then appears in every picture, including the one of the airplane that takes the family back to waiting grandparents in a country where everybody "hellos." This book provides a clever introduction to a foreign culture as seen through a child's eyes.-Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD
"Kids may well demand to be taken to the nearest passport office after finishing this light-as-a-soufflé salute to the City of Lights."
Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2008:
“The brief rhymes are tightly rendered but cleverly worded, and they work perfectly in tandem with the art.”
Meet the Author
Leslie Kimmelman is the well-regarded author of over 15 picture books. She lives with her family in Ardsley, New York.
Sarah McMenemy was declared a “new talent to watch” (Publishers Weekly) for her picture book debut, Waggle. She lives in London, England.
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A favorite introduction to French for my grandson!Sarah McMememyis illustrations are 'playful' and encourages dialogue! It has become a daily choice for learning about another culture. 'Everybody Bonjours' should be on your gift list. It will put a 'smile' on your face!