Thursday, January 11, 2007

Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock

This very charming book harkens back to a time that not many of us are actually old enough to remember yet still feel nostalgic for. The pen and ink drawings charmingly depict a turn-of-the-last-century Paris as Adele and her little brother, Simon, wend their way home from school. Along their journey, Simon loses article of clothing after article of clothing.( The drawings of well-dressed Parisians bent over looking for a lost glove are irresistible.) Parents can play a "Where's Waldo"-type game with their children; challenging them to find Simon's missing items within the lovely street scenes. Despite Adele's exaperation with her young sibling, it all ends well. The lovely details extend as far as the end papers which show the children's route over a 1907 map of Paris. Older children will also enjoy the "guidebook" of Paris in the back. This is a book that moms and dads will enjoy reading as much children enjoy listening to. -Rhiannon

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