An Armadillo in Paris

An Armadillo in Paris

Book - 2014
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After reading his grandfather's travel diary, Arlo the armadillo, sets out to explore Paris and meet La Dame de Fer.
Publisher: Plattsburgh, NY : Tundra Books of Northern New York, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781770495265
1770495266
Branch Call Number: KRAULIS J
PZ10.3 K738 2014x
Characteristics: 1 volume unpaged : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm

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mmcbeth29
Mar 25, 2015

Arlo the Armadillo is from Brazil and he loves to explore. His grandfather has left him a set of journals about the places he has visited. Arlo is following in his footsteps. He begins in Paris where is is seeing all of the sights and anticipating meeting the Iron Lady. He sees the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Seine, and many other places such as cafes and cathedrals. He ends his journey by meeting the Iron Lady.

The illustrations are done in graphite and oils. They are ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! The excellent use of rich color alongside the black and white makes for vibrant pictures. And the details are amazing. I could reread this book several times just to look at the pictures.

This book begins with the words: "Arlo feels it. The twitch in his left claw. The twitch that only stops when adventure begins..." This bit of whimsy follows Arlo throughout the story. I love every illustrations of him, but especially the one of him on top of the car enjoying the breeze as he travels. This is a teaching picture book that would be appropriate most especially for grades 1-5. The paragraphs are a little bit lengthy for the little ones, but they do not bog you down and are well written. Each ones tells you a snippet about something in Paris. Some of the vocabulary will be difficult for the younger crowd, but it is a wonderful learning opportunity. This book is an excellent springboard for learning about France and Paris. I taught elementary French and I would have most definitely used this book in that classroom. I also would have read this book aloud to any of my elementary classes simply because it is an all around excellent and interesting picture book. Because there is so much detail, if reading aloud to a class, I would recommend having it available later for students to read independently. If reading to the younger crowd, it might be best to break the reading up into a couple of sessions.

I hope Kraulis writes a sequel because I want to see more from Arlo and more from this amazing artist!

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Mar 25, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 10

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