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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374399247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374399245
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—The French youngsters introduced in Adèle & Simon (Farrar, 2006) return in this early-20th-century adventure with their Aunt Cécile. This book follows the same format and look as its predecessor, complete with McClintock's signature pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, off-white paper, vintage font, and endpaper maps following the siblings' travel route. As the children pack for their train trip across America, Adèle reminds Simon to try not to lose anything, while Aunt Cécile reassures them that she has labeled all of his belongings with his name and her address. This is a necessary precaution, because as soon as they arrive at the train station, Simon's journal goes missing. And in typical fashion, he continues to lose an item at each of their destinations, from San Francisco's Chinatown to Washington, DC. Fans of Where's Waldo? will enjoy searching for Simon's lost items amid all of the action-filled scenes, while adults will appreciate the great detail and line work. Readers of all ages will delight in the variety of facial and bodily expressions found in both the main and background characters. Also, while the colors remain muted, they are ever so slightly brighter than those in Adèle & Simon, creating a more open and airy feel to the scenes. Like the first book, McClintock includes endnotes detailing each location that the children visit. This is a feast for the eyes and a wonderful way to incorporate geographic information into a child's frame of knowledge.—Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD
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French siblings Adéle and her younger brother, Simon, last seen in Paris, are now in America, visiting their aunt. They are looking forward to their cross-country train journey, but once more, Simon is being less than careful with his belongings. He starts the trip with a journal, pencil box, cowboy hat, drinking cup, and several other items, but alas, they’re soon strewn across the states. It is this thread that keeps the narrative going, but what will entice readers most is McClintock’s meticulous artwork, which brings to life a time gone by. Re-creating the early days of the last century, she uses soft colorings and plenty of cross-hatching to show readers all manner of sights: a North Dakota farm; the Pacific Ocean, south of Seattle; a dusty ranch in Texas, complete with cowboys and a chuck wagon. The absorbing artwork will sustain many viewings, perhaps even enough for eagle-eyed readers to spot Simon’s (tiny) lost objects in the spreads. Those who want to know more will enjoy illustrated endnotes that offer facts about the destinations. Grades K-2. --Ilene Cooper

More About the Author

Barbara McClintock is an author and illustrator of children's picture books.

Her books have won 4 New York Times Best Books awards, a New York Times Notable Book citation,
a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor award, and numerous other awards, recommended/best book lists,
and starred reviews. Her books have been made into children's videos, a ballet/opera, and a recorded books on tape.

Some of her best known books are ADELE & SIMON, ADELE & SIMON IN AMERICA, DAHLIA, THE GINGERBREAD MAN ( written by Jim Aylesworth ), THE FANTASTIC DRAWINGS OF DANIELLE, ANIMAL FABLES FROM AESOP, and THE HEARTACES OF A FRENCH CAT.


Barbara drew constantly as a child. By the time she was seven, she knew she would be an artist when she grew up. Her older sister recommended she be a children's book illustrator, and this proved to be a rare instance when she folowed her sisters' advice. Barbara also wanted to be a cat when she grew up, and is glad she had art as a back up plan.

The first part of Barbara's growing up was in Clinton, NJ. Her early influences were her photographer father, seamstress/teacher mother, and the cartoon character Top Cat.

Barbara moved to North Dakota when she was 9 with her mother and sister after her parents divorced. She continued to draw throughout middle and high school, often in the margins of her test papers and homework.

Barbara attended Jamestown College in North Dakota, where she refined her drawing skills by copying pictures in art books she checked out of her college library.

Two weeks after her 20th birthday, Barbara moved to New York City to begin her career on the recommendation of Maurice Sendak, whom she called from North Dakota for advice about how to become a children's book illustrator.

Barbara studied briefly at the Art Student's League in New York. She continued to copy from art books she checked out from libraries, and sketched paintings and drawings in museums and galleries in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, and Lisbon. Barbara is essentially self-taught as an artist/illustrator.

After working early in her career for Jim Henson illustrating books for his television series FRAGGLE ROCK, Barbara wrote and illustrated THE HEARTACHES OF A FRENCH CAT. Rejected by 16 publishers before it was bought by David R. Godine, it won Barbara's first New York Times Best Books award.

She currently lives in rural Connecticut with the illustrator David A. Johnson, their two cats Pip and Emma, her son Larson when he isn't in China, and David's gorgeous rose garden. Barbara is at work on ADELE & SIMON IN CHINA, due out fall 2011.




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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Mason on August 7, 2008
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My 3 year old daughter and I just finished reading this book, and we loved it. The original Adele & Simon is one of our favorites, and I was greatly anticipating the release of their new adventure. The pictures are fantastic, and quite challenging for my daughter to find Simon's lost items. I love the map of the US on the front cover detailing their journey. On every page when they were in a new spot, my daughter would say, "Find it on the map!" We especially enjoyed the page devoted to Boston because of the swan boat and family of ducks which reminded both of us of another of our favorite books, "Make Way for the Ducklings."
Thanks for another great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Desertskies on November 17, 2010
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As an elementary school teacher, I found my students really enjoyed looking at the beautiful pictures in this book and sharing the adventures of Adele and Simon as they travel across America! It held their interest and taught them a little bit about different areas of the country in a fun way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Krenz on December 13, 2008
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This book is well written and the drawings excellent. The children of story hour at the library loved looking for the hidden item on each picture. Our community enjoyed the book especially the pages about the farm as her grandparent's farm was used as a model and located nearby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Williams on February 26, 2009
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For me the book looses a little of it's charm because it isn't set in Paris. That said, it is quite fun to see the various states the siblings travel to, and it's even more fun since it all takes place in a former era.

There's multiple things that Simon looses along the way, each one hidden in the delightful illustrations. Yet the great thing about these books is that there is just that tiny bit more to them than just a hunt-and-find picture book, there's a little heart, a little story, and little message. Nothing truly astounding, but lovely all the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Librarian at Providence on April 24, 2014
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This book is delightful in its presentation of different parts of America. The younger brother is enjoying every minute and not worrying about all the things that he is losing, while the big sister seems more concerned about her brother's things that enjoying life around her. Could there be a lesson here?! The illustrations are fun and it is a challenge to see where the brother lost each item.
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