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Crepes by Suzette Hardcover – March 8, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition (March 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525469346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525469346
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3--Francophiles will delight in Wellington's Paris, shown as a beautiful city filled with historic buildings, gardens, and happy people eating Suzette's crêpes as she sells them from her pushcart in parks and squares and on wide boulevards. While there is not much of a story in this charming book, the visual details are plentiful. The intriguing illustrations are mixed-media collages of photographs and ephemera (tickets, stamps, postcards, etc.). Most of the photos have been taken apart and put back together again in a slightly off-kilter way; this very modern look blends perfectly with the simple, sweet cartoon paintings of the vendor and the people she meets. These customers are posed like the characters in famous paintings, which are identified in an afterword. The brief text appears inside crêpe-like circles, which are often set against wide sidewalks, adding stability and peacefulness to the otherwise busy scenes. The story opens with a street map of Paris pinpointing all of Suzette's stops and ends with a glossary of French phrases, a crêpe recipe, and details about the scenes in the photographs. While it may be best appreciated with the help of an adult familiar with the city, observant readers will enjoy this original and appealing concept book that mixes art appreciation with a travelogue.--Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 2. Books penned by illustrators sometimes sacrifice literary muscle in the name of visual impact. Such seems to be the case with this otherwise lively picture book, which is built around a day in the life of a Parisian street vendor. A cart is an excellent device for getting Suzette from one page (street corner) to the next and enabling her to interact with a host of different characters, but there's not much depth to this story about French pancakes. Still, the book has an undeniable charm, thanks entirely to the wonderfully intricate collages that create a visual impression of all things Paris. Wellington successfully uses stamps, labels, headlines, and street maps to underscore actual photographs taken during her visits to the city, and as with her Night House, Bright House (1997), she populates her street corners with knockoffs of characters from familiar works of art. The dense visuals make for delightful exploration, as do the recipe, French glossary, and picture notes at the end. Terry Glover
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The artwork throughout the book is beautiful!
L. Maiz
I found images of each of these online and asked my 4 & 6 year old girls to find them in the book.
Wendy L. Moore
We have read this book over and over and never get tired of it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Maiz on November 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My children are 4 and 2-1/2 yrs old. They love this book and it helps to reinforce the French that they learn in Preschool. We read this book every night and I would highly recommend it. The book is primarily in English with one French word per page. At the end of the book, it has a the translation and a recipe for crepes. The artwork throughout the book is beautiful!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy L. Moore on February 25, 2008
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This is one of my favorite kid's books about Paris. It's clever artistic masterpiece on many levels: incorporating watercolor, photo collage, and drawings of masterpieces.

Geographically this book covers: the Luxembourg Gardens, Notre Dame, Louvre, Tuileries, Place Vendome, L'Opera, & the Eiffel Tower. Suzette moves to each location and serves up different types of crepes and a drawing of a different animal appears. These are good for counting or French vocabulary practice. Along the bottom of each page the author inserts related artwork, such as French stamps, newspapers, coins, children's writing.

The author has drawn simple versions of masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa and Degas' Little Dancer. I found images of each of these online and asked my 4 & 6 year old girls to find them in the book. Since reading the book, the Three Musicians by Picasso was a subject in the first grader's art class at school and we saw La Revue Blance by Toulouse Lautrec at Albi.

Of course we had to make our own crepes at home and savor them on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris.

There's a French glossary at the back and a map showing where Suzette went. We used that as our guide for creating our own map (a cutting and gluing project in preparation for visiting Paris).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teacher and Mom of 3 on October 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Visually, this book is stunning. And the idea is sweet. (no pun intended) But it doesn't quite get 5 stars because the story is too simple to maintain interest for repeated readings. Still, in a small group setting, as an introduction to Paris, this book would work nicely. And who wouldn't love a followup with real crepes! Couple this with THE COWS ARE GOING TO PARIS (David Kirby and Allen Woodman)for a more comical adventure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arlene Borbely on August 31, 2008
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What a delightful book! I was guest reader in my grandson's first grade class and chose this to read. (I am also a retired French teacher.) The children loved it! There is a smattering of intro French, great photos of Parisian landmarks and sketches of French art masterpieces posing as characters in Suzette's story. Plus, the book even has a recipe for ... crepes!
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By Nancy Boruta on February 21, 2014
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This is the only book that I do not like of Monica Wellington's. It is loaded with pictures on every page of her daughter while they lived\visited Paris. You do learn French words and their lifestyle which is good but, overall just not nearly as bright, colorful and interesting for children. I spent way too much on it also, from being out of print. She's coming out with a new version with sounds from Paris that should bring the price down if you are interested.
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