With St. Valentine's Day just around the corner, I was looking for a good "love story" to feature on my blog. Of course, finding a good children's book about love is not particularly difficult. The titles are abundant and diverse. But I was looking for something truly special and unique, not necessarily about romantic love, but more of a love based in friendship. I came across the perfect story, and after reading it, I can hardly wait to share it with you...
Kiki and Coco in Paris is the title I'm showcasing today. Have you read it? It is a positively charming story about a girl named Kiki and her adventure with her doll Coco as they travel together to Paris. In addition to capturing the sweet love story a girl shares with her best-loved doll, the book features engaging and colorful photographs set on over-sized pages. The pages are eye-catchingly bright, and remind me of the I SPY books my kids loved for years and years. It's rare to find such wonderful photography in a children's book. Author Nina Gruener's sweet and simple words are the perfect compliment to Stephanie Rausser's photographic chronicle of her trip to Paris with her daughter, Kiki. And of course, don't forget Coco--the chic Jess Brown doll who travels with Kiki on her Parisian adventure.
So why did I choose this as a Valentine story? Well, first of all, the story takes place in Paris--the city of love...
...captured by photos so vivid, they'll take you and your child on a journey straight there!
When I homeschooled my children, I would always make Valentine's Day a special holiday--we would enjoy a red and pink breakfast, make Valentines, read the story of St. Valentine, and my kids would receive small gifts (I know my daughter would've loved this book)! I was reminded of this in the book...
...and also of a breakfast I enjoyed with my husband when we went to visit my daughter and son-in-law during their 8-month stay in Paris!
|Our own Parisian breakfast...|
|Complete with a cafe, mmm!|
I also found the sweet relationship of Kiki and Coco so endearing!! They share many special moments together, as any girl who has a best-loved doll can tell you. And they truly love each other...
...as you'll see throughout the book, but especially on this last spread.
What a treasure!! Boys and girls alike will relate with the story of a child and her best-loved playmate. And if you have a child interested in traveling, or you want them to become more interested, please give this book a try. You will not be disappointed!
And while we're on the subject of Paris, I have some goodies to share!! I've partnered with Galison/Mudpuppy for a fabulous giveaway for two of their adorable products! One lucky winner will receive...
|Sweet and colorful French-English flash cards |
will help your child to learn 26 new words!
I think that's tres bien, don't you!!??
|These adorable Paris-themed mini Sticky Notes will brighten anyone's day! |
I'm sure you can find many uses for them, but I think I'd
use them to mark favorite quotations in my favorite books!!
Finally, some parting (visual) thoughts: I came across this quick slideshow of Stephanie Rausser's photographs from her trip with Kiki (and Coco) to Paris. Many of the images are featured in the book, but all of them are whimsical and playful! Enjoy!!!