I found this tres mignon (very cute!) children's book at the library, Crepes by Suzette, written and illustrated by Monica Wellington. Je l'adore! The story is simple, but the layers are aplenty. The book takes you through the streets of Paris with Suzette and her crepe cart... the backdrop is made up of photographs of Parisian landmarks (think the Louvre, Luxembourg Gardens), overlaid with original drawings of Suzette's customers. Look closely... the customers are straight out of various masterpieces (think Matisse's The Dance and Van Gogh's Postman). It's a visual delight! At the end of the book, you'll also find a crepe recipe to make these French pancakes with your little ones!
Without even realizing it, I brought home two other books by Wellington on the same library trip. I love them almost as much! Zinnia's Flower Garden and Riki's Birdhouse are fantastic; I feel like I'm reading books written just for my little naturalists. Both are full of fun projects and ideas, as well as colorfully illustrated introductions to gardening and bird watching (two of our favorite activities).
All three books will soon be joining our permanent collection. Check out Wellington's blog, as well as her website for activities, recipes and coloring pages as sweet as her books!