During the summer of 2010, I was preparing myself and my family, including my children who were 5 and 3 at the time to take an adventurous road trip across Germany. As a librarian, it only seemed obvious that books were the place to start. That tradition has stuck with us and even though my kids are teenagers, I begin researching and reading oodles of picture books, chapter books and non-fiction to and with my children.
In 2018 our travels took us on another road trip that included 5 delightful days in Paris. Here are some of the books that set the stage for our adventures. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
I first came across this lovely little book in the Horn Book, a magazine dedicated to exploring children’s and young adult books and authors. When I dove in and looked a little closer, I found that the author was Mo Willems (of Knuffle Bunny fame). How can you go wrong with Mo Willems? But even further inspection revealed that the illustrator was Caldecott medal winner, (and Spiderwick Chronicles co-author) Tony DiTerlizzi. Sold!
I requested it from the public library and, as if I didn’t already know, I loved it from the moment it was in my eager little hands.
Set in Paris, The Story of Diva and Flea is a tale about an unlikely friendship between a refined, bow-adorning white pup and the more rugged but worldly black cat, Flea. Written in chapter book format, this book is appropriate as a read aloud for younger readers or as a delightfully illustrated treat for older children. The colored pen and ink drawings and chapter title pages do a marvelous job of capturing the essence of Paris.
If you’re itching for a book that will transport you to Paris, or if you’ve been to Paris and want to revisit it in your mind, check out The Story of Diva and Flea. You’ll love it!