he first saw the Eiffel Tower at night.
So I thought I would share F's top five Paris picture books with you:
1. Mr Chicken Goes to Paris
Mr Chicken Goes to Paris is both charming and quirky while unbeknown to tiny minds, educational. Discovering iconic landmarks such as the Sacre Coeur, Eiffel Tower, Musee du Louvre, Notre Dame and Palace de Versailles, Mr Chicken – or Monsieur Poulet – tests out some of his useful french phrases, while the citizens of Paris photograph the yellow monster that has taken the city by storm.
2. A Lion in Paris
A Lion in Paris is one of those books that the moment you see it, you know you must have it. Its beautiful large format holds the stunning illustrations of multi-award winning author/illustrator Beatrice Alemagna. The story unfolds as a lonely lion, bored of his existence in the Savannah, travels to Paris for a different pace of life. The lion is disappointed as he blends into the blur of the Parisian backdrop and puzzled at the lack of stares or screams he roars out for attention only to be ignored. Feeling sad and alone he wanders the streets, visiting some of the iconic landmarks the city has to offer.
3. Henri's Walk to Paris
Henri’s Walk to Paris is the story of a young boy who lives in Reboul, France, who dreams of going to Paris. One day, after reading a book about Paris, he decides to pack a lunch and head for the city. Published in 1962 and is the only children's book illustrated by the talented Saul Bass.
The book that started my love affair with Paris in the first place, is one of my favourite childhood stories about a little girl called Madeline – 'In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines,
lived twelve little girls in two straight lines, they left the house, at half past nine, the smallest one was Madeline.' – who although small, is feisty and full of character. First published in 1939 this book captures the charm of Paris and children all in one.
5. A Walk in Paris
A Walk in Paris is fun and educational all rolled into one. I love Salvatore Rubbino's series of beautifully illustrated books which lead you by the hand through the City of Lights from a child perspective. As they discover iconic landmarks and experience its culture and style, you really get a feel for the city and learn some facinating facts along the way. This is a great book to take with you and get little feet excited to explore the delights of Paris.
What are your favourite children's picture books that explore cities and are great for travelling?