Book Reviews


L. Forteau - Special Children's Reporter for Wandering Educators
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This book is adorable.  Bella and Harry are two Chihuahuas from a book series, who head to Paris.  They ride in an airplane, look at la Tour d'Eiffel, eat at a bistro, and visit the Louvre.  Harry gets lost in the Louvre, then they head to the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees, and rest in their hotel.  Lucco's illustrations bring Paris alive to the reader - from the Mona Lisa to the crowds on a street; from the food at a bistro to the Eiffel Tower.  Bella and Harry are very cute dogs.  There are even a few phrases to get you started on learning French!

I think it is important to learn about the world - the geography,
culture, people, food and more.  This is a great way to introduce Paris to young kids.  It's fun and very easy to read and learn.  I love it.

Charles Ashbacher, writes....

*5.0 out of 5 Stars-Educational and Entertaining, May 12, 2011*

Bella and Harry are two tiny Chihuahua dogs with wide ears that look like the wings of a moth.  Throw in their very large eyes and Bella and Harry are very high on the cuteness scale.  In this case, they are visiting Paris, making this a lesson about some of the tourist attractions.  There is even mention of the origin of the term French fries.  The illustrations are very nicely done, having the appearance of a painting rather than the overly colorful, crisp images appearing in some books.  Written at the level of the early elementary school child, this book is educational and entertaining.  I give it my highest praise; I would have read it to my daughter if it had been available when she was young.

Bonnie Jean Adams, Chicago writes....

Lisa Manzione's wise assessment of what is needed for future education of our children should be heeded.  With all of the technology we have at our fingertips, with all of the possiblities untapped, perhaps the answer is to begin with a book such as this.

Five by Brandi writes....

A travel essential for me is books.  Not only do they pass the time and boredom of a long drive, but they are also a great way to get your vacation off on a good start.  Find a book about a place where you are going, or set in the place you are headed, and read it before your trip.  Read a book about someone taking a trip aloud while you are driving.  Well not while your are driving, let one of the non-drivers read!

I was recently sent a super cute book about two little pups who take a trip to fabulous Paris.  The Adventures of Bella and Harry: Let's Visit Paris! by Lisa Manzione is the first book in The Adventures of Bella and Harry series.  As you can guess from the title Bella and Harry head off to Paris.  Now Bella and Harry are sister and brother Chihuahuas who love to travel with their family.

The illustrations by Kristine Lucco are beautiful.  They transport you right into the story and little kids have no problem looking at the illustrations and being able to tell the story along with it.  Along with the illustrations being top-notch, I enjoyed being able to learn little tid-bits about Paris while reading.  Things like the Eiffel Tower is as tall as 50 giraffes stacked on top of each other.  Who knew, right?  Well, we all learn at some point that it is 986 feet tall, but I didn't know it was 50 giraffes tall.  Little things like that keep the reader learning even when they do not realize they are!

I can not wait to get my hands on the following books in The Adventures of Bella and Harry series.

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