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.