Bunny City: La La Rose

La La Rose (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards))We have had a bit of a toddler emergency this week, so I'm slightly behind on my Paris books and I know you'll forgive me if my reviews are a bit less long and boring brilliant in-depth long-winded as usual. Maybe that is a good thing, actually.

So. Enter Satomi Ichikawa's La La Rose, set in Paris' Jardin du Luxembourg. Stuffed bunny La La Rose is "the inseparable friend of Clementine." But one day she falls out of Clementine's backpack during a visit to the Luxembourg Garden. Even though La La Rose must endure the trials of being tossed in the pond, losing her skirt, tumbling down a hill, being picked up by various strangers, she finally finds her way back to Clementine. In the process, we get a tour of one of the world's most famous and beautiful urban public spaces.

My 2 year old loves this book, perhaps because the ending is so comforting. Personally, I wouldn't mind being lost in the Luxembourg gardens for a few hours, myself. For kids who love maps (don't all of them?) the author has provided an illustrated map of the garden in the end pages.

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I realize linking to Wikipedia is pretty cheesy, but the pages for the Jardin du Luxembourg have some nice photos and links to other sources.

Little Kid says: Bunny book, again!


The Pen and Ink Blog said...

I love that book. This is out of your theme but your todler might enjoy The Great Big Especially Beautiful Easter Egg by James Stevenson Amazon has some used copies for .01 http://www.amazon.com/Great-Big-Especially-Beautiful-Easter/dp/0688017894
My kids loved James Stevenson's Grandpa Series

Raising a Happy Child said...

I lived very close to Jardin de Luxembourg during my stay in Paris. I agree - it's a beautiful garden. By the way, daughter loved Adele and Simon!

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