A friend posted on Readerbuzz, her blog, a definitive list of children’s books about France. Two dealing with these Francophile settings appealed to me, so I read them yesterday.

The first, Different Like CoCo, by Elizabeth Matthews jumped out at me because of its cover.  There is the famous (infamous?) CoCo Chanel in a classic Chanel suit, strutting along a Paris boulevard, accompanied by a lovely little pug. The author handles well the sensitive (to little ones’ impressionable minds) issue of Chanel never being married to the love of her life. Most important, the book teaches the life lesson that it is Ok ,and even more than Ok, to be different!

The Cat Who Walked Across Paris by Kate Banks and illustrated by George Hallensleben is a touching, heart warming book suitable for cat and animal lovers of all ages. It was School Library Journal Best Book of the Year in 2004, and also won The New Your Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year as well. It describes an incredible journey of a beloved, faithful cat looking for his home “by the edge of the sea.”Children everywhere’s hearts are bound to be touched by this simply told, sweet story.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. I’m also crazy about Bon Appetit, the Delicious Life of Julia Child. It’s written for children, but it’s a wonderful story of an intriguing woman, and the illustrations are vibrant.

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