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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A last minute telegram from "The Committee for the Best Soup in All of France" turns Le Bistrot des Sept Freres upside down! The Bistro is the hippest and yummiest place for mouse cuisine in all of Paris.The Bistro is owned by Chef Marcel, who employs his seven sons to help run the place. But wait! He has a young daughter who plays a small yet important part in the operation as well. The telegram causes a huge commotion when Chef Marcel realizes he is out of the secret ingredient that makes his soup so tasty. The text is interwoven with French terms that are easy to understand given the context, and easy to pronounce given the pronunciation guide that precedes the story. Delightful illustrations accompany the text, using a muted palette of pastel colors. Each character has unique whimsical qualities that add to the entertaining drama that unfolds. Recommended for younger elementary students.
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. :)