A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows various sites around Paris, both famous landmarks and neighborhood haunts the locals know. Weaves in French words and phrases, either translated or easy to get in context, and also listed in a glossary at the back. References in the art to Charlie Chaplin movies A Dog's Life and The Kid and Jacques Tati films Jour de Fête and Mon Oncle.
Be kind to someone who needs help. If someone is lost, maybe you can help him find his way. Have empathy for those who are homeless.
Positive Role Models
Hudson is kind and empathetic and goes out of his way to help the puppy who seems lost but is actually homeless. When Hudson is blue, he knows how to cheer himself up: He goes to the movies.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hudson and the Puppy: Lost in Paris, is the third book in Jackie Clark Mancuso's Paris-Chien series about the adventures of an American expat terrier. Here Hudson meets a dachshund puppy who appears to be lost and takes him around Paris to see if any of the neighborhoods are his. When Hudson realizes the puppy is homeless, he asks his human "mom" if their apartment can be his home, and they take him in. This sweet, fun tale of empathy and friendship has lots of colorful Paris scenery and French vocabulary, and includes a petit dictionnaire of French words and phrases used in the story.
Is It Any Good?
The Paris-Chien series is fun for anyone who loves France and dogs, but this adventure is especially charming as Hudson crisscrosses Paris to help a lost puppy. His search drives the action as they pass though different neighborhoods, with subtle labels (in French) identifying landmarks such as the stairs leading up to Montmartre, the Tour Eiffel, and the Jardin des Plantes, "a beautiful garden with a zoo and merry-go-round." There are also some spots not on all tourists' radar, like the graffiti-splashed Maison de Serge Gainsbourg and the Porte Saint-Denis neighborhood, which "has food from all over the world. Curry, kebabs, and Turkish pizza." Hudson asks the puppy, "Does it smell familiar?"
Author-illustrator Jackie Clark Mancuso's exuberant gouache street scenes capture the bustling city life, and she doesn't skimp on showing the dogs' changing emotions, conveyed through their expressive faces and body language. Whether they're whizzing by on a scooter, with fur and ears flying in the wind, or walking slowly with slumped shoulders and lowered heads, we always know exactly how they feel. Kids will delight in seeing the newly adopted puppy finally smiling on the last page.
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