Picture Book Saturday: The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Freres

The deets:
audience: wee ones
pages: 32
publisher: April 15th 2006 by Tanglewood Press
ISBN: 9780974930367
genre: picture book
source: earc from Netgalley in exchange from an honest review


The Mice of Bistrot des Sept FreresThis story 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 illustrations of 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!




The nice thing about the picture book synopsis is that it tells you everything you need to know.

This book was very whimsical. I loved the adorable mice. The daughter was dainty and ballerina-like, while the brothers all shared similar names. It was cute.

I don't know if it went over well with my 5-year-old son or not, though. I read it aloud to him as a bed time story, but he didn't seem overly impressed. He did, however, enjoy my French accent as I read. The story line was simple and fun. And as the synopsis promises, you'll get a little intro into the French language in a very clever way. But like most picture books lately, the illustrations were what grabbed (and held) my attention.

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