Monday, March 21, 2011

Mary and Marie, by Helen Valentine (ill. Myrtle Sheldon), Grosset and Dunlap (1938)

We love this pre-WWII book about two little girls on different continents whose lives are pretty similar. In the introduction, Ms. Valentine writes, "Little girls are pretty much alike the world over in the things they do and the things they enjoy." The story is basically told twice, in English for Mary and French for Marie. My daughter hates it when I read the French side, because I use a terrible cliched French accent, like I'm wearing a beret, a black and white striped shirt and pestering her to buy a baguette. But then again, I think she also kind of loves it.