Eloise in Paris

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Eloise's enthusiasm for Paris is delightful.





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Parents need to know that mischief and merriment are the modus operandi of this little rich kid, and children never stop giggling over the escapades and the drawings. People are shown smoking cigarettes.

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Eloise absolutely loves Paris! From the unpacking to the sightseeing and dining, Eloise's enthusiasm for her new surroundings and the foreign language is delightful to both grown-ups and kids. Plenty of extra humor is doodled into the superb drawings that accompany the breathless narrative in Eloise's voice.


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"Pas de quoi d'accord and zut," says Eloise as she and Nanny embrace life in Paris. Even if parents stumble over the French, Eloise's adoption of foreign words just for the sounds is contagious. Who can resist saying "regardez" and "parapluie"? In this second book about Eloise, there is no gradual introduction to Eloise's helter-skelter pace: The cablegram arrives, and Eloise runs nonstop from that moment on through every new experience. With the same zeal with which she explored the Plaza, Eloise now takes on all of Paris. Parents in particular will appreciate how well Kay Thompson captures every French foible, from traffic to fashion to sidewalk cafés.

Rather than budgeting one picture per page, illustrator Hilary Knight intersperses many images of Eloise among the text. In black and white and hues of red with bits of blue, the illustrations capture many marvelous expressions. Children will love to study the pages and will often stop to point out details such as Eloise's turtle, which is about to bite another café patron's toes. Paris is the perfect city for a precocious child like Eloise, and she embodies the best kind of fearless tourist.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Eloise's escapades in Paris. Would you want to explore some of the places she visits? Is it fun to try to pronounce the French words?

Book details

Author:Kay Thompson
Illustrator:Hilary Knight
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Buccaneer Books
Publication date:December 31, 1969
Number of pages:64
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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Parent of a 2 and 6 year old Written byamymarr August 12, 2010

An Imaginative Child SHOULD be a Positive Role Model

I was taken aback by the use of "Oh my Lord" in this book - I realize that many people today don't think much about using OMG and such, but it's overused in this book. I literally stopped reading after 3 pages of Eloise saying that and abusing her nanny and pediatrician. No thanks.


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