If you are looking for a Paris picture book sans landmark, well you've come to the right place.
In Diane Goode's Mama's Perfect Present, brother and sister take their dog, Zaza, shopping. They are hoping to find the perfect birthday present for their Mama. Along the way they consider flowers, shoes, an elaborate cake, a splendid red dress and song birds. However, Zaza's giggle-inducing antics reveal the shortcomings of each choice. Any parent who has received a handmade gift from her child will appreciate the gift the sibling's finally settle on.
In Mama's Perfect Present, 1920s (possibly 30s?) Paris is a world of fashionable shops and a mix of hardworking, elegant and perhaps a bit snooty grownups. Goode's illustrations are extremely appealing and I found the "Frenchness" of the adult faces very amusing. Although there is no Eiffel Tower or Champs Elysees, there is a famous French painting which will take you by surprise.
This is one of my 2 year old's favorite books.... and for good reason.
Read Goode's other book about the siblings looking for Mama in a Parisian train station, Where's Our Mama?(I'll review it, too, if I get a chance!).
Visit the author's website.
Read a Q&A with the author.
Little Kid says: I want the dog book.