"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
"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)."
"This little gem has myriad uses from a simple story
to enjoy, to art history class, and units on French culture."
"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"
My recipe for crepes is included at the end of the book, and on the ACTIVITES page of this website.
Crêpes By Suzette
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