Admittedly, I pick this book for my personal interest. Like a moth to a flame, I am drawn to the City of Light. Thankfully, both Little Miss Bookworm and I have found other reasons to enjoy this book.
The book is about a little girl who went for a walk around Paris with her grandfather. It showed places and activities around the city, and included a few French words and phrases.
While the book is too wordy and sophisticated for her age, we enjoyed it for different reasons.
I like the book because:
- It allows me to share my love of travel to the Little Miss, and hopefully impart that passion to her. I used the book to teach her how to get to know a city, what are the things to look for, what are the things to try.
- It is about a girl and her grandfather spending the day together. Having lost a pair of grandparents, and the other pair far away from us, I am always looking for ways to get the kids to appreciate family ties, despite the distance and the absence.
- It also teaches me interesting things about Paris. Some of them I haven’t learned in my last trips, and haven’t read in travel guide books. Random trivia like how the water in the curb is used by street cleaners to clean the city. This can be a nice book to have when you’re planning a trip to Paris –and you can refer back to the book as you explore the city– or any other city -using the book for comparison.
She like the book because:
- It’s fun to find the little girl and the grandpa in the pages. Sometimes, we play a game of “I Spy” to keep the reading interesting.
- It allows her to narrate her own version of the story. The large pages are filled by beautiful illustrations. The kid does not run out of stories to tell and questions to ask. This is a book she can grow up with.
- It has a nice surprise at the end — a folded Eiffel Tower that she likes to open and ask questions about.
The verdict: Nice to add to the home library, especially for families who love to travel, and/or learn about Paris and the French culture and language.