The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Frères

Marie Le Tourneau has another adorable picture book for ages 4-8. While the artwork is different than some of other other work, it is nonetheless appreciated by her target audience.

(Amazon affiliate link) The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Frères is a cute story, playing on the idea of a family of mice running a restaurant and competing in a culinary competition for the best cheese soup. Le Tourneau weaves in French words for English speaking children to have exposure to another language. Overall the book is cute, although I still have some of my own reservations.

The family of mice, headed by their chef father, has named the restaurant after the seven brothers in the family. Could it have been named before the birth of the youngest child, the only daughter? Certainly. However, the family doesn’t seem to acknowledge her contributions or think very highly of her. Even when she saves the day, she is still written as having her head in the clouds. I think this would have been a stronger message and story had she been written differently.

Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of the book was provided by Tanglewood Publishing.

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