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Adèle & Simon (Adele & Simon) Hardcover – September 5, 2006
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PreSchool-Grade 2–When Adèle meets her younger brother after school, she cautions him not to lose anything on the way home. The children take a leisurely route, visiting friends, a street market, a park, and two museums. Predictably, Simon leaves an item (his drawing, hat, knapsack, glove) behind at each location. Set in Paris during the early 20th century, this simple story is the basis for some remarkable illustrations. McClintock's pen-and-ink with watercolor technique has the feel of illustrated children's books from that period. The retro effect is accented by an old-fashioned typeface, creamy paper, and wide borders around the spreads. The children's route is traced on the endpapers–a map of Paris from 1907. Each stop is based on a real place, some immediately recognizable, such as the Louvre and Notre-Dame. McClintock's research is described in wonderfully detailed endnotes. For example, in the picture of the bustling street market, the groupings of people are based on works by Honoré Daumier and Eugène Atget. In the Louvre, Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt help Simon find his crayons. Readers will enjoy the visual game of hide-and-seek; the more they look, the more they can find. A beautiful example of bookmaking, with plenty to charm children, this is a visual delight.–Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH
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*Starred Review* K-Gr. 3. "Please try not to lose anything today," Adele implores her little brother, Simon, as they begin their walk home from school. She might as well have asked the sun not to rise in the East, for at each stop along the way Simon loses something: first a drawing he had made, then his books, then one of his gloves. And so it goes until the children finally arrive at home, where Mama discovers that Simon has lost everything ! But who can blame him? After all, the setting is Paris in the early twentieth century, and there are simply so many wonderful distractions en route that it's a miracle the children make it home at all. As for young listeners, they'll want to peruse the endpaper maps (by Baedeker) to follow the children's peregrinations through the busy City of Light and linger over McClintock's meticulous double-page depictions of Parisian neighborhoods and landmarks, identified in charming, informative endnotes. McClintock's beautifully restrained use of color may evoke a long-ago time, but her compositions are so dynamic that there's always something for contemporary children to discover. Michael Cart
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As an adult I loved the history and detail integrated into the book, but my children and I read it with equal fascination trying to find all the things Simon drops along the way. Having a boy and girl myself they seemed to appreciate even more that sibling dynamic -- my younger son laughing at Simon's losses and my (older) daughter feeling Adele's exasperation along the way. I highly recommend this book as one to add to you home library to treasure for years.
Minus one star because the "Paris landmarks" are misty background objects, and I feel the book was misrepresented.
"meticulous double-page depictions of Parisian neighborhoods and landmarks, identified in charming, informative endnotes."
The main action occurs in random squares and shops. There no information about the neighborhoods and landmarks in the actual text, and the depictions of the landmarks are, as on the cover, distant. I guess I misunderstood... I bought this book to read to my son in anticipation of going to Paris, but I don't think he understands a whit more about Paris than he did before we read it. He's too young to care about endnotes. We will read it in the future for its own merits.