Welcome to another Perfect Picture Book Friday, inspired by children's picture book author, Susanna Hill. Each Friday, we review a children's book of our choice and include links to crafts and other activities. Check out her comprehensive list of books categorized by subject for Teachers, Librarians and Parents here.
Today's review is perfect for an after Thanksgiving book, while we are still on the topic of food!
Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat
Author: Susanna Reich
Illustrator: Amy Bates
Publisher: Abrams Books
Ages: 8 to Adult!
Themes: Cats, Cooking, French language and culture, Julia Child, Paris
First sentence: Minette Mimosa McWilliams Child was a very lucky cat,
perhaps the luckiest cat in all of Paris.
Inside Jacket: Minette is the luckiest cat in Paris. Day and night she smells mayonnaise, hollandaise, cassoulets, cheese soufflés and duck pâtés wafting from the pots and pans of her owner, Julia Child. But while Julia is in the kitchen learning to cook up delicious dishes, the only feast the mischievous Minette is interested in is that of fresh mouse!
Minette's Feast captures Julia Child's transformation into America's most iconic chef through the tale of her beloved Parisian cat. In some of Julia Child's own words, and complete with an author's note, glossary, and more, Minette's lively story is as large and rich as her appetite.
Why I like this book: It includes four of my favorite things: cats, Julia Child, cooking and Paris! The charming watercolors, and whimsical way the cat is woven into the story makes this a winner in my book.
Here are some related links:
French Cooking for Kids
Paris for Kids
French for Kids