So, it’s been awhile since I’ve listed any books that my family has enjoyed reading, so I thought I better get to it! (If you live in New York and are in the Mid-Hudson area, you will probably be able to get these books through your local library through the inter-library loan!) There are also affiliate links, but don’t feel pressured to buy anything! Sometimes I l just like to look at Amazon to see what the books are about and what others thought of them. 🙂
These two books were some of my favorites! They did not have the first book, Anatole, on hand, but what great adventures for a mouse who is a cheese taster (and highly respected, I might add), who loves his family and tries to keep himself and them safe. In Anatole and the Cat, for some reason the owner’s cat is around in the cheese factory, which makes it hard for Anatole to do his job well. In Anatole over Paris, Anatole finds a kite and decides to bring it home to his family. He paints it but suddenly it picks up him and his entire family, and he has to find a way to get it back to the ground safely. Both these books were great reads, and my kids thought they were funny.
This book was so neat. If you didn’t know, Hot Air Balloons were invented in France. The first riders? A sheep, a rooster and a goose. It starts out with words, but then ends up just showing pictures of the animals and what they might have felt.
Another good story that went with what it may have been like for the animals, if they were like us that is, is Mouton’s Impossible Dream. Mouton the sheep wants to fly but can’t. Until he follows his owners to their first lift-off and end up for the ride of his life!
This story was a cute story about a bee and her family. It goes through some really great facts about bees, and eventually how she almost doesn’t make it to the hive because she doesn’t realize what the rules of the hive are for. She goes on a trip with a girl to a garden and almost grows too stiff to make it back to the hive because of how cold it gets. If you are looking for a good book about morals, this would be one I would recommend.
This books was so fun to read to my oldest because the ideas was that no matter the obstacle, keep going, just like Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France, one of the most famous, crazy bike races you could take! The kids learn about different obstacles a biker may face, and yet how they never give up.
Though the cover is different the recipes looked easy-to-follow for kids and gives some great ways to make yummy foods, with a bit of history mixed in as well. We didn’t do the recipes, but I would get this book again if my kids wanted to try it.
My husband just read this book tonight with my youngest and said the pictures were really neat. It goes through some sites and just is about a cat who’s owner died and how the cat was forgotten. He decided to leave and begged for scraps in the streets but then went through to the countryside. It shows lots of different scenery and places in France and eventually he finds a new home. My little one was able to keep his attention on this book and he is only 3! 🙂 I love books like that.
Well, there you have it! If you are doing a study on France, here are some friendly books that can get your family into maybe a boring topic for them! My oldest is also going to be reading Classic Starts: The Three Musketeers (Classic Starts(TM) Series) with the help of Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Three Musketeer Unit Study, so I am excited about this last addition until we get into Germany.
My daughter has been also reading some books that are historic fiction that go into the time of Marie Antoinette. When they finish I will let you know how they enjoyed them (though my son can’t wait to get into the study of castles, knights and sword-fighting…and guess what we are going to learn next year!).
And as we go, I’ll try to send some more books that we loved your way, including ones that were enjoyed by all!
Be inspired today to keep reading to your kids!