Mice of Bistro des Sept Freres

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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 ...

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Overview

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!

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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: 7/25/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 11.56 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Freres I received a copy of this b

    The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Freres

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

    I knew from the cover that I was going to like this book, but I couldn’t imagine just how impressed with this book I would be. The artwork is very cute and made me smile just looking at it. I love the pronunciation page and that it teaches some French words to the reader in such a fun way. The characters are so much fun, but I especially like the hero of the story. And, as the description says, it includes a link to the recipe for the cheese soup so that you can try the best cheese soup in France yourself. :)

    The class: They loved it – and I must admit that I LOVE finding books that they will want to hear more than once. This is a book that I would buy in physical form so that they could enjoy it themselves in the reading center. And, yes, we will be attempting the cheese soup ourselves. :)

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

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    I loved this book! I can¿t wait to share this book with my clas

    I loved this book! I can’t wait to share this book with my classes. The illustrations were fantastic and the story was fun. It centers upon Chef Marcel and his famous recipe. This famous recipe is for cheese soup and it is time again for the yearly contest to see if his recipe can hold its place as #1 in France. Oh course, Chef Marcel is a mouse and his family is the only one who knows the secret recipe so they all must work together to win the contest. The judge is coming is one hour and the family is frantically bumping into one another in the kitchen to get the soup cooked and in the bowl before the judge enters the establishment. Only there is one problem. They are out of the secret ingredient! How can they make the famous soup? Will Chef Marcel be able to hold onto his title of the best cheese soup in all of France?
    What a wonderful story and the pictures are so whimsical and amusing. As the family fumbles around in the kitchen, you feel the panic and the concern that is running through their minds as they wait for the judge to arrive and wonder what they are going to do over the missing secret ingredient. After reading this book, you might also learn a few French words using the pronunciation guide that’s included, you just never know. I can’t say enough about this book except you need to pick this up and read it- you will truly love it. I have been reading the book Anatole for year and I think this book is a terrific book to pair with it.
    Thanks NetGalley and Tanglewood Press for providing me a copy of this book.

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