Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3 Things: Ooh la la - Francophile Books for Toddlers

I admit, I am a shameless Francophile. When we got to choose between French and Spanish language study in 7th grade I opted for the language of l'amour. My more thoughtful and socially astute classmates chose Spanish - it made so much more sense in our community of Latino immigrants. But alas, I had images of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame in my head. Some of my favorite books were The Three Musketeers, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables, and a Tale of Two Cities. There was never a question...

Ironically, I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting that lovely country. Funds and vacation time have always been reserved for the costly trip to Japan - which is incredibly amazing and wonderful and worth it (I'm not complaining, promise!). But someday, I will walk the gardens in Luxembourg and eat croissants in a charming Parisian cafe. In the meantime, I'm passing on my obsession to Mayumi. Besides, it is so fun to practice my French accent!

Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock





Have I missed any? Let me know if you have one to add to the list!

3 comments:

geraldine said...

Try finding Martine books. All french girls grow up reading Martine books. Le petit Nicolas books are funny and you can't beat Le petit prince. For easy to read books with lots of pictures, petit ours brun, Leo et Popi and Tchoupi are good reads.

One said...

I loved Barbar, and a little later, Tintin. Vive la France!

One said...

PS -- Have you seen the new Mdeline book, where she visits Washington for Cherry Blossoms and the Easter Egg Roll? It's not quite the original, but pretty fun for those of us who are, alas, more familliar with DC than Paris!