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Review:  The Stolen Smile

Review: The Stolen Smile

The Mona Lisa, painted between 1503 and 1506, is one of the most famous paintings in the world and probably Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous work.  Any visit to the Louvre requires at least an attempt to see the Mona Lisa though she is sometimes hidden behind her crowds of admirers!  While painted in Italy, Leonardo sold the painting to King Francis the 1st of...

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Review: A Lion in Paris-Paris with children

Review: A Lion in Paris-Paris with children

The lion was bored, so where else would he go but the City of Light?  The lonely, bored lion is nervous about being in the big city wondering what people will think of him.  He’s not too sure what he thinks of them!  Told from the perspective of the lion, A Lion in Paris relates the strange things the lion finds in the city as he struggle to find his place...

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Review: Madeline-Paris with children

Review: Madeline-Paris with children

“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.”  Who doesn’t remember the opening lines of this childhood favorite?  Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans was first published in 1939 and four of the six original stories are set in Paris.  They are perfect for creating a tour and an introduction to some...

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Review: A Giraffe goes to Paris-Paris with children

Review: A Giraffe goes to Paris-Paris with children

 What would you think a giraffe was if you’d never seen one before?  A camel?  A horse? A leopard with those spots? Based on a true story, A Giraffe Goes to Paris by Mary Tavener Holmes and John Harris, the Pasha of Egypt sends a gift to King Charles X of France in 1826.  No one in France had ever seen a giraffe before and no one knew what she was. The story...

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Review:Mirette on the High Wire-Paris with children

Review:Mirette on the High Wire-Paris with children

“One evening a tall sad-faced stranger arrived.  He told Madame Gâteau he was Bellini, a retired high-wire walker.”  Imagine if you were a child living in a boarding house and someone arrived introducing themselves as “a retired high-wire walker.” They would seem like the most interesting person in the world! The next day, as Mirette is doing...

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