Author: Marie Letourneau
Illustrator: Marie Letourneau
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tanglewood Press (April 15, 2006)
Genre: Picture book
Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Thisstory 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
illustration sof 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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About the Author/Illustrator:
Don’t you just love this cover? I love all the artwork in this book.
It’s very loose and free. The story is also very cute. It’s about a
family of mice that have to hurry and get their famous cheese soup ready
for a taste tester who will determine who has the best soup in Paris.
The seven sons keep dropping so many things, I couldn’t help but think
of how messy their kitchen would be. But thanks to Petite Michelle and
her calm way of getting things done, they manage to pull off the soup
just in the nick of time.
The story is cute, but the best part of this book is the artwork. The
illustrations are lovely. They add a lot of personality to the story.