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Joan Yolleck. Paris in the Spring with Picasso
Schwartz & Wade Books $22.99 ISBN 978-0-375-83756-2
Reviewed by Koryn, Age 13

In his apartment on rue Léonie, Apollinaire takes out pen and paper. He imagines the spinning acrobat and remembers the diamond mirrors of his costume flashing like lightning before a storm.

Journey through the streets of Paris with Gertrude Stein and her soirée friends as they go through their day before relaxing at Gertrude’s dinner party. Join Pablo Picasso, Max Jacob, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Alice B. Toklas as they travel through the streets of Paris.

Paris in the Spring with Picasso is an extremely unique book, unlike any picture book I have ever read. The illustrations are colourful and fun, and the writing is descriptive and captivating. Yet I am not sure if I would recommend this book for ages 4 to 8. The story is a little confusing, with quite a few characters and scenes jumping from one to another. I loved this story’s characters and the bright feel created by illustrator Marjorie Priceman, but I did not feel the simple excitement and light-hearted fun usually found in my favourite types of picture books. The story is very historical and descriptive, and would be good for anyone wanting his or her children to pick up some simple French phrases, such as "Comment ca va?" I did enjoy the informative, interesting way that Joan Yolleck wrote this story.

I give Paris in the Spring with Picasso three stars.


Joan Yollek has always wanted to write a story about Gertrude et ses amis. She has never written a book before but writes reviews and works in the publishing field.

Marjorie Priceman is also author and illustrator of How to Make a Cherry Pie and See The U.S.A. and How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the World, plus Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride.



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