All of my blog posts are inspired by my breakfast, but I think that is OK!Today's morning treat was a blueberry papillon from our Alberta Street neighbors at the totally stellar Petite Provence. A blueberry papillion is a beautiful innovation, wherein somebody bakes a croissant all twisty in the shape of a butterfly and fills it up with blueberries! Pretty groovy.Anyway, the first bite triggered a
très powerful Frenchy book episode.
The first darling thing I recalled (after a decades long dormancy) was called Émilie et Les Papillons
. I'll share just one of my favorite images. (
"And you, if you had been shut up in a jar, would you have been happy?" )
I had forgotten how fun it is to indulge one's Francophilia every once in a while. Allors, voila! A few other especially good-looking titles on said theme we've got in the shop!
Classic Caldecott Honor book Anatole (1956) is the story of an honorable little mouse from the banlieue of Paris, who shuns a life of crime and becomes a world class cheese critic! An adorable ancestor of Ratatouille I am sure, toiling to overcome the horrid human assumption that "to be a mouse is to be a villain."
Universe's awesome reissue of the 1962 Saul Bass
book Henri's Walk to Paris
, in which Henri tricks himself into rediscovering the charms of his own hometown Reboul. "There are not many people in Reboul. There is Monsieur Manger, the baker. There is Monsieur Gogi, the mailman. There is Madame Crème, who has a cow." Bass is famous for designing title sequences for hot shot directors like Kubrick and Hitchcock. He did North by Northwest
! You'll surely recognize his style!
A second gift from Universe-- M. Sasek's This is Paris (1959). (One of Sasek's many place-based books.) Readers get to meet a bunch of classy Parisian cats, a lovely concierge ("sort of a guardian angel"), hang out at the Notre Dame, enjoy the bird market, take the Métro, and shop for antique trumpets, periscopes, and African spears at the Marché aux Puces!
See Also: The ceaselessly striking Blexbolex's latest masterpiece People. He's a contemporary French designer with tons of ties to these old-school standards. We've got the English copy for you to fall in love with!
Adieu mes amis!