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Adèle & Simon (Adele & Simon) Hardcover – September 5, 2006
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At the turn of the twentieth century a girl named Adele picks up her little brother, Simon, from school. Simon's a pleasant kid, but he has an odd tendency to lose his things. Right from the start Adele says to him, "Simon, please try not to lose anything today". Simon replies honestly but with more than a hint of foreshadowing, "I'll try". Together, the two walk about Paris and each place they go Simon loses something new. At first it's just small things. The cat picture he made in school goes missing during a street market. His scarf goes awry in the natural history museum. As the kids continue, however, Simon's losses get bigger.Read more ›
Not in a hundred years, right?
McClintock takes us back a full century to Paris at its fullest glory, when the Impressionists were still alive and the colorful streets teemed with activity (instead of traffic) and cheerful kids could meander for hours. How different from our own anxious, overscheduled age!
Big sister Adele picks up a smiley Simon after school, who's schlepping a full rucksack and the usual cold-weather garb. Since this is pre-Ritalin, he's allowed to be what we once called a typical boy: irrepressible, funny, smart and a complete ruffian. He's off in a dozen directions at once, losing a scarf here or crayons there as he drags his sister through a leafy, sepia-drenched Paris and one gorgeous full-bleed spread after another.
We're launched on a "Where's Waldo"-style hunt for all those missing items, which get stuck in trees or a baby carriage or who knows where. I was quite pleased with myself for finding most of them, even as I empathized with Adele's mounting exasperation.
McClintock used pen and ink to recreate this wondrous city at its most vital, then filled it in with watercolors. Each spread looks like a period print or vintage postcard, even down to the choice in typeface. Hers is an idealized fin de siecle Paris, where parades just happen by and acrobats pop up and Edgar Degas is available to hunt for those missing crayons (end notes fill in some must-know facts).
I've made three trips to Paris and can tell you the Jardins du Luxembourg hasn't changed a bit, and the Boulevard St.Read more ›
Hidden in the pages of this simple story of Adele and her little brother misplacing brother Simon, is a submersive journey back in time to Paris in the turn of the century. Hidden historical jems lie in the beautifully intricate illustrations Barbara McClintock composes. I truly discover something new each time I open the book and explore the pages and inevitably so does my son. Sometime we don't even read the story - we just go from scene to scene looking for Monkeys or Madeline or sampling an eclair. What a joy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful story and fun for kids. Like that the pictures are from France.Published 9 days ago by A. Honsinger
Five stars for gorgeous artwork and decent story.
Minus one star because the "Paris landmarks" are misty background objects, and I feel the book was... Read more
Cute book for my 4 and 6 year old girls. Though they have found all of the missing things, so they are not quite as interested to read it now. Very beautiful pictures!Published 17 months ago by MJK
Beautiful pictures and a charming story. This is one of my children's favorites and deserves a spot on any family bookshelf.Published 21 months ago by Hillary Doggart Greer
I like the illustrations the most, it is an enjoyable book. It is nice to have it in my collection.Published on June 25, 2014 by Starlyn Teel
This is such a great big sister story - so much patience! Of course, McClintock's illustrations are fantastic and the trip around Paris is so much fun. Great story!Published on January 19, 2014 by Megan
My preschooler, kindergartener and elementary aged children all enjoyed searching for Simon's lost items on each page. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by jgdom