I know it is clichéd, but I do
love Paris! This city of romance is truly seductive!
As you trip down cobbled
streets in the different quartiers, you began to sense the centuries of history,
from the Sun King’s lavish building projects in an effort to make Paris the
‘new Rome,’ to the gory beheading of Marie Antoinette, the conquest and
opulence of Napoleon’s era and the ambiguity of the Vichy Régime.
Amble along the rive gauche of the River Seine and rummage through the
piles of old books for sale as so typically portrayed in the movie, Midnight in
Paris. Weave past the gifted street artists in Montmartre as you climb up to
the Sacré Coeur Basilica, erect and majestic at the top of the many steps -
it's highest point higher than the top of the Eiffel tower with unsurpassed
views across Paris. Here even the least religious will embrace a sense of light
Enjoy the pace of life, though still more hectic than where I live,
in Nice, compared to many other Western capitals, no one rushes yet everything
gets done efficiently. Waiters never write down an order but remember
everything and food is served at a pace in complete harmony with the community
– where there is time to digest and discourse, which Parisians love with a
passion. This is a city where academia and philosophy are not disdained (forget
not that the official world language of Diplomacy is still French!) Traffic is
scary fast (though not quite as dangerous as Italians in Nice) and there is an
element of courtesy in the honking and breakneck maneuvers! Scooters zip around everything and everyone,
with rider chatting on cell phone squeezed between ear and helmet, possibly
carrying a dog in a basket between his legs!
Paris needs to be
experienced on foot and with minimal agenda and an openness to be enticed into
an antique shop, or a Jewish bakery or spend two hours over an espresso at a
table on a busy sidewalk or tranquil square. For any Americans, please don’t
even larger Statue of Liberty than yours - approximately 35 feet in height. She
stands upon a tiny island called Swan Ally, [Allée des Cygnes] in the Seine near the Grenelle Bridge – a gift to
the French in 1889, by the American residents of Paris as a remembrance to
commemorate the Centennial of the French Revolution.
could rave for pages of this city that has been home to so many great artists
and writers, instead I want to leave you with some book and app recommendations
pertaining to Paris should this city be part of your summer vacation plans.
Madeline by Ludwig
4-8) - I think this classic, award winning 1940’s rhyming story about an orphan
girl is still one of the best picture books on Paris for younger kids. The
illustrations of this Parisian era are sublime.
from 0-10by Suzie Morgenstern (ages 7-11) Ernest has lived a
regimented life with his elderly grandmother and equally aged housekeeper for
10 years. All changes when Victoria and her 13 brothers come into his life. His
dull routine is blown apart. He has NEVER even been to a grocery store until he
helps Victoria, but on this fateful day, he discovers a book in the paperback
rack that may have the answer to his life-long question; where is his father,
and why did he leave him?
Anna and the
French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (YA) - A somewhat predictable ending, but a cute and very
funny teen love story set in Paris.
Author Bio:Joanna Marple is the author of Snow Games. She grew up
surrounded by the architecture of the city of Cambridge, UK, and
immersed in the books and landscapes of the Brontes, Tolkein and Beatrix
Potter. Her tall tales were not always appreciated as a young child, but her
passion for storytelling remained unfettered and was fuelled by the marvelous
people and animals she encountered during her humanitarian work across the
continents. More recently, her years as school librarian in Southern France
relit her passion for children’s books. Her stories focus on her love of the
natural world and the richness of the cultures she has encountered in her
travels. She lives presently in Nice with two quirky cats and a stream of
visitors from all over the globe.
I had a book event on Saturday morning, but then I was back to slinging hay bales on my parents’ farm at 4 pm. But hey, (haha... get it...) this is all fodder for a work in progress. #authorlife #rurallife
Some photos from yesterday’s storytime event at @belmontbooks featuring @painternik9 @joshfunkbooks @melissastewartscience & @skortch
Happy Birthday Belmont Books! Thanks for having us.
#booksellers #kidlit #kidlitart
Lovely to be greeted by this sign during my school visit to Rochester Memorial School today. Special thanks to Mrs. Sollauer for having me and to Miss Lisa for making the Dumbo Octopus for me.
I love being with kids to share my book. I always come away wishing I had more time with them.
Side note: a girl who was at @bn_dartmouth tonight got me to tell a story she heard me tell during my school visit at Center School last month. (Hint: it involves a shark). #FlyingDeep
#nonfiction #kidlit #STEAM #STEM
I finally picked up my pre-ordered copy of The Brilliant Deep, a non-fiction picture book by @katemessner I love this cover SO much, I had to take a photo in the sunshine to try to show the shimmery accents. The art throughout the book is stunning.
Kate tells the story of a Ken Nedimyer’s work to save dying coral reefs in clear text that is sure to engage readers. She also uses science words such as spawn and nitrates, which kids will love.
The first page begins with 4 words: “It begins with one.” Those words hooked me right away.
I’ve admired Kate for years, so placing her book beside mine on my book shelf is kinda thrilling.
#nonfiction #kidlit #savetheocean
#RochesterLife 60: Haying Season. It’s that time of year when my dad calls and says, “We’ll be taking in the hay tomorrow afternoon” and we know that means he needs our help. On a good day, no equipment breaks, it’s dry and about 70 degrees F (21 C) and plenty of people turn up to help. Yesterday, we had 2 out of 3: perfect weather and plenty of helpers. A flat tire the day before meant we started late. (You can’t just run out and get a new tire for old equipment...). Since we had plenty of help, Yesterday, I was able to steal a little time to write. I sat down on a haybale and took notes for my WIP. #farmlife #nature #kidlit
#RochesterLife 59: Wildlife in our yard. This varies daily. Today we spotted a turtle. Tomorrow it could be a wild turkey or a fox or any number of animals. #nature #getoutdoors
My teen has wanted a 3-D printer for a looong time, but they’re super expensive. Solution? He bought a kit to build his own.
I find that idea overwhelming, but he’s been smiling all afternoon. #STEM #STEAM
I finally shipped the shrunken cups to the lovely winners of my pre-order campaign give-away.
The five recipients are:
Lisa Goldfeder and
Special thanks to everyone who supported both my book and a local indie, @eight_cousins_books, by placing pre-orders.
#nonfiction #kidlit #childrensbookseller #FlyingDeep
Have you been to @bsb_savoy in Westerly, RI? Check this out. They have 3 of these little fairy doors hidden in the shop that reveal a hidden world behind the wall when opened. It’s hard to get a good photo, but these pics give you a sense of them. What kid wouldn’t love to discover these? This adult sure was excited! #indiebookstore #fairyhouse
I love this photo of a young reader at my event on Sunday at @rjjulia looking through the Alvin view port on loan to me from @woodshole_ocean. This kiddo was so engaged in my presentation. He asked great questions and shared information he knows, too. Potential future Alvin pilot right here. (Please note: his mother gave me permission to share these photos but asked that I not indicate who she is to maintain her child’s privacy. If you happen to recognize this boy, please do not indicate his name). #FlyingDeep #nonfiction #STEAM #KidLit @charlesbridgepublishing