Kid Konnection: Bon Appetit!
Bon Appétit!: The Delicious Life of Julia Child, by Jessie Hartland, is a beautiful non-fiction book for young readers, all about Julia Child. It’s the size and shape of a picture book, and it could be read to young children, but I think the book will appeal the most to young readers on up. It tells Julia’s story from childhood up until she hosted her famous cooking show.
The book is visually appealing with beautiful illustrations and hand lettered pages. It’s printed on heavy, glossy paper and the cover features the same picture as the dust jacket. Here’s what one of the interior pages looks like (click on it to make it larger):
What I loved the most about this book was the story and the message. I’m sure most adults are familiar with Julia Child and I think it’s wonderful to see a book that shares her story with young readers. The book portrays her as a girl who is full of life and far from perfect but succeeds through hard work. It shows that Julia was unconventional and lived her life to the fullest. She wasn’t the brightest – “high school French class is a disaster” – or the prettiest – she is described as gangly – but her attitude and zest for life took her far.
There are even a couple of recipes included in the book and I’m sure young readers will be itching to make crepes after they read it. I have a feeling Bon Appétit! will inspire more than one young reader to learn more about Julia Child and/or cooking.
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