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Cassandra’s Guide to French Children’s Literature

Curated together with Tess Alas Luquetas, a design student in Paris who has been helping her with the research for her La Belle France Collection for some years. Tess's grandmother Eva taught Cassandra gemmology in Paris when she lived and worked in France and has been involved in the suggestions too!

One of their favourites is 'Roule Galette' about a fox and an Epiphany Galette - a kind of French version of 'The Gingerbread Man'.

French children's literature is a treasure trove of enchanting tales. From whimsical adventures to heart-warming tales, these stories have captivated the hearts of readers young and old, sparking a lifelong love affair with the magic of literature. Step into a world of wonder and imagination through this selection of our top 10 recommended children's books:

  • "Le Petit Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • "Martine" by Gilbert Delahaye
  • "Max and Lili" by Dominique de Saint Mars
  • "Tom-Tom and Nana" by Bernadette Després, Jacqueline Cohen, Evelyne Reberg
  • "La Belle Lisse Poire du Prince de Motordu" by Henriette Bichonnier
  • "La chèvre de Monsieur Seguin" by Alphonse Daudet
  • "Contes de la rue Broca" (Tales from Broca Street) by Pierre Gripari
  • "Les allumes du Pere Castor: Roules Galette" by Belves
  • "Le petit Nicolas" by René Goscinny
  • "Les Malheurs de Sophie" "Sophie's misfortunes" by Comtesse de Segur

As you read through these charming pages, allow yourself to be transported to a realm where imagination knows no bounds and the magic of storytelling weaves its spell.

These books are for anyone who cherishes the timeless allure of stories that touch the soul: for grandparents to read to grandchildren when they come to stay, for godparents to send to godchildren, for children to discover new stories from the country they have travelled to,and just for the child in you!

If you want to find any of these books, Cassandra recommends going to John Sandoe her local bookshop that always find her anything she needs. Or of course when you next go to France, visit any bookshop and they are sure to have a copy:

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