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"Crepes by Suzette...speaks to a child's heart, or stomach, since its subject is the eternal one of eating pancakes...the book delights, and it is instructive: children learn the geography of Paris, and are even given, at the end, a recipe for making crepes from scratch."
- Adam Gopnik from The New York Times

"Oh la la!" It's a sweet treat to travel the streets of Paris alongside Suzette and her crepe cart as Wellington pays homage to famous French sites and great artists in snazzy picture-book style. Readers will instantly be immersed in the City of Light, thanks to the innovative layout and design. Wellington uses photographs of Parisian streets, storefronts, parks and apartment buildings (with faces of real children peeking out) as a vibrant backdrop. She then imposes different textured elements (maps, stamps, ticket stubs) as well as her own acrylic-and-ink portraits of Suzette and other characters, in additional layers. The result is a funky and deliciously inviting postcard-collage. As Suzette wheels her wares through the bustling neighborhoods, she encounters a variety of hungry customers (and friendly animals) who happen to look very much like the subjects of various masterpieces (a picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens takes its inspiration from Manet's Dejeuner sur l'Herbe; an illustration of a ring of schoolchildren gives a nod to Henri Matisse's Dance). By book's end, youngsters will have seen some Paris landmarks and perhaps learned a bit about paintings (not to mention a few phrases tres francais)."
- Starred review from Publisher's Weekly

 

"This little gem has myriad uses from a simple story to enjoy, to art history class, and units on French culture."
- Children's Literature

"Francophiles will delight in Wellington's Paris, shown as a beautiful city filled with historic buildings, gardens, and happy people eating Suzette's crepes as she sells them from her pushcart in parks and squares and on wide boulevards. Readers will enjoy this original and appealing concept book that mixes art appreciation with a travelogue"
- School Library Journal

My recipe for crepes is included at the end of the book, and on the ACTIVITES page of this website.

Crêpes By Suzette
Dutton: hardcover 0-525-46934-6

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