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Paris in the Spring with Picasso Hardcover – March 23, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375837566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375837562
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 8, 2010

Starred Review, Booklist, April 1, 2010

San Francisco Book Review, May 2010

Instructor Magazine, May/June 2010

About the Author

Joan Yolleck reviews children’s books for The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. This is her first children’s book. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Marjorie Priceman is a two-time recipient of a Caldecott Honor award—for Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! and Hot Air. She is also the author-illustrator of How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A., as well as How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. A
graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Customer Reviews

I know very little, if any, about them so I found the story dull.
Shelli
The colors are rich and beautiful to the point where I want to frame some of the pages!
FY & T
The charming book would be a wonderful addition to any art lover's shelves!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paris fan on March 23, 2010
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Amazing how many children's picture books have been written in the last few years which include famous people. One would hope that they are being used by parents and teachers to introduce children to history, literature and visual arts particularly as many schools have cut back on creative ways to keep children engaged.

This book, in a very colorful way, brings to life Paris in the early 20th century focusing on some of the friends of the American writer Gertrude Stein, whose Parisian apartment became a gathering place of writers and visual artists.

Marjorie Priceman's brightly colored gouache and ink illustrations enhance Joan Yolleck's story of strolls through various parts of Paris. The writers Apollinaire and Max Jacob and the artists Picasso and Marie Laurencin go about their daily lives anticipating an evening at the home of Gertrude Stein and "her best friend" Alice B. Toklas. Some Steinian references in the illustrations such as "pigeons on the grass" and plenty of roses are a pleasant surprise!

The brief biographical notes in the back of the book about Stein and Toklas and the other writers and artists featured are a nice touch, though it would also have been helpful to have included a short list of the few French words used in the book with a simply pronunciation guide. (Most, but not all of the French words are defined in the text, though the others are pretty easy to figure out.)

The book is listed as being for 4 to 8 years olds, but some words and the flow of the narrative may be a bit too difficult for 4 and 5 year olds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mecdatlanta on June 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I got this book from the library to read to my kids before taking a trip to Paris, and just after reading the first few pages, my 5 year old daughter said, "Mom, can you just stop reading so I can just look at the pictures?" She has never said that about a book before, and I have to admit, I felt the same way--I wanted to stop reading it. There were WAY too many names being introduced, and the author never explained who each person was. I felt dizzy and distracted while reading it, and it even felt like a laborous task for me to finish reading the book. Disappointed. :-(
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There is a lovely street in Paris just past the Luxembourg Garden called rue de Fleurus. If you arrive at number 27, you will have arrived at the home of sister and brother, Gertrude and Leo Stein. Their busy housekeeper, Hélène, may "take you into the salon, but don't expect her to stay. She has cooking to do." The home comes alive with excitement every Saturday night when a soirée is held. They have many friends who live in the city of lights. There is the talented Buillaume Apollinaire, a poet and playright, who gathers ideas for his poems from things he sees in the city. He and his girlfriend Marie loved going to the evening party.

There was Pablo Picasso, a great painter, who could be so intense he even "painted holding a candle in one hand and a brush in the other." He was a brilliant painter who would not want to miss the soirée. He was going to bring his girlfriend Fernande and Frika, their dog. All of them were excited and wended their way under the starry skies to the salon. They crossed the river and heard music coming from a cabaret, but the draw of good company kept them moving. Gertrude was reading in an overstuffed chair while her best friend Alice B. Toklas was putting some sweets on a table. Paintings covered the walls of the salon, a salon where good friends would meet and enjoy themselves.

This enchanting tale of a special soirée, hosted by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, brings the art world of early twentieth century Paris to life. Little snippets of French and easy, almost conversational portraits of the "usuals" at the soirée make this tale fun and realistic. The excitement and charm of the city are beautifully brought out by the vibrant artwork.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teacher Chris on April 21, 2010
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Joan Yolleck and Marjorie Priceman, in words and pictures, have illuminated a special time in Paris: Springtime, Stein, Jacob, Picasso, and others, in a magical world of friendship and creativity. Young, curious people everywhere, and the people who read to them, should be thankful for the window Yolleck and Priceman have opened. Bravo! Stein et al would be pleased, I think, to be so imaginatively remembered and celebrated.
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By K. Mac Leish on September 22, 2013
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A beautiful book that is meant for children. I'm far from being a child, but I love it. Reminds me of a favorite movie of 1920s Paris.
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