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Pancakes-Paris Hardcover – 1963

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Viking Press; 5th Printing edition (1963)
  • ASIN: B000J6YROU
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,690,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is sinful that this book is no longer in print, and I mean that literally: it is social sin when we as a society allow things and people of substance and beauty to slip between the cracks and, thus, cause all the positive value they have to offer to be wasted.

Author Claire Huchet Bishop (1899 - 1993) grew up in Le Havre, France, and founded France's first public library for children. Although she married American Frank Bishop and emigrated to the U.S. as an adult, her heart went out to her fellow Europeans during and after WWII and she wrote several children's books -- including this one -- about the events of that period.

In Pancakes-Paris, Bishop reminds children of the realities of post-war France in the late 1940s. Ten year old Charles lost his father in WWII and must watch his five year old sister Zezette after school until their mother gets home from work. As the book opens, Charles, Zezette and their friends are discussing and dreaming about the things they had before the war -- basic things we all take for granted like heat, pencils, meat, eggs, chocolate and bananas. The younger children think their older siblings are lying: they are too young to ever remember average citizens having these "luxuries".

It saddens Charles that Zezette has never experienced the good things in life -- like the festivities of Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras begins in a week, and Charles wishes he could make crepes for his mother and sister like what they used to have before the war. What a surprise when, lo and behold, he helps two American GI's with directions and they reward Charles with a box of Aunt Jemima pancake mix! Except at first Charles has no idea what is in the box because he can't read English.
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Beautiful story! My husband's family lived through the Second World War in France and afterwards. They have said the story is very real. The description of how little people had after the war and how generous the GI's were was very true. I had to buy this book for my grandchildren and recommend it!
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What do I say? This is a wonderful story, set in World War II. It has lingered in my mind sine I first read it in a Children's Literature class more than fifty years ago. The actual volume I received is, however, quite worn. I will cherish the book, but could not give it as a gift, which I had originally intended to do.
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