Mice of Bistro des Sept Freres

Mice of Bistro des Sept Freres

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by Marie LeTourneau, Danielle Reed Baty, Marie LeTourneau
     
 

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This story serves up a delightful recipe for a children's book: take one adorable tale of Parisian mice who want to win the prize for the best cheese soup in France, add a full serving of the whimsical illustrations of Marie LeTourneau, mix in a dash of French language and a sprinkling of Parisian café culture, and voilà! We have The Mice of Bistrot

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This story serves up a delightful recipe for a children's book: take one adorable tale of Parisian mice who want to win the prize for the best cheese soup in France, add a full serving of the whimsical illustrations of Marie LeTourneau, mix in a dash of French language and a sprinkling of Parisian café culture, and voilà! We have The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Frères (Bistro of Seven Brothers).

With many basic French words cleverly woven into the story, readers will absorb the language without even realizing it. There is a pronunciation guide at the front of the book, and directions in the back to this website for the famous cheese soup recipe!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Valerie O. Patterson
At the Le Bistrot des Sept Freres, or The Bistro of the Seven Brothers, Chef Marcel provides the best cuisine for mice in the whole of Paris with the help of his seven sons and, sometimes, his youngest daughter Michelle. His menu includes soupe au fromage (cheese soup), which comes complete with a secret ingredient known only to Chef Marcel. When the French culinary judge arrives at the bistro to taste the famous cheese soup, the bistro is thrown into chaos as it prepares the soup. The family pulls together, though, and, thanks to Michelle who adds the final touches to the soup, the judge declares the soup—even without Chef Marcel's usual secret ingredient—the best soup in the world. Charming illustrations evoke Parisian cafe culture, mouse-style. A French pronunciation guide is included in the front of the small-press book to help readers with the myriad French words sprinkled throughout the text.
Kirkus Reviews
A tale of culinary desastre narrowly averted. The imminent arrival of food judge Alfred Le Whisk to evaluate Chef Marcel's renowned cheese soup sends the chef and his seven sons into a tizzy, for they've run out of the soup's secret ingredient. Up steps the chef's daughter, Petite Michelle, to save the Bistrot's reputation; calmly adding a dash of salt, a hint of rosemary and six drops of sauce piquante aux poivrons (hot pepper sauce) to the pot, she proceeds to dish up a soup that's not only better than ever, but earns a change in the eatery's very name-to "Le Bistrot des Sept Freres et Une Soeur." Le Tourneau populates her informally appointed setting with mice in human dress, giving each figure a distinctly individual look; a lover of ballet, Petite Michelle twirls about, setting tables-as everyone else panics-flashing a smile and an air of quiet confidence. Though the lack of a closing recipe makes this not so magnifique as it might be, budding foodies will salivate, and the Gallic touches add a drole flavor. (pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 7-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974930367
Publisher:
Tanglewood Press IN
Publication date:
07/25/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 11.56(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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