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ERNEST AND CELESTINE'S PICNIC

Author: Gabrielle Vincent

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books, ½ 1982

Material: hard cover

Summary: Even rain doesn't stop Ernest and Celestine from picnicking and having a wonderful adventure. Originally written in French, this is a quiet time book that creates warmth.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Age of Child: Read with child 28 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: The calming illustrations and sweet story calmed toddler and s/he settled into the story and asked questions about picnics and rain.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book was an enjoyable book to read and even I was absorbed into the peace of the characters and Celestine's trust that everything would work out.

Pros: This book presents the opportunity to present the French culture and tone in an English book. It is part of a series about the lives of Ernest and Celestine.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: This book is part of a wonderful series that can grow with toddler and become family heirloom favorites.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ROSIE'S ROSES   WHEN WINTER COMES: A LULLABY   WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT

Educational Themes: This series of books introduces topics that underscore the importance of love, family, and friendship.

Notes: out of print, but used copies available at www.bn.com and www.waldenbooks.com

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, weather, family

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2004

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