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Marcel Marceau, the world's most famous mime, enthralled audiences around the world for more than fifty years. When he waved his hand or lifted his eyebrow he was able to speak volumes without ever saying a word. But few know the story of the man behind those gestures . . . Distinguished author Leda Schubert and award-winning artist Gerard DuBois bring their own artistry t ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Flash Point
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CH13_Caitlin Murphy
Mar 05, 2013 CH13_Caitlin Murphy rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
Marcel Marceau was an adored mime who lived from 1923 to 2007. He was born in France and grew up loving to entertain his friends by imitating Charlie Chaplain. When he was 16, WWII began and Marcel, a Jew, joined the French underground to resist the Nazis. He helped many Jewish children to safety and helped to hide American parachutists. After the war he created the character 'Bip' and quickly became famous.
Author Leda Schubert and illustrator Gerard Dubois do a great job capturing Marcel Marc
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Debbie Raulerson
Feb 23, 2013 Debbie Raulerson rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this book on a recommendation from a friend. I went to our public library to find it and they didn't have it, so they ordered it for me, adding it to their collection. This is a picture book with wonderful illustrations and even better words that will drawn anyone into Marceau's life. I can't wait to share this book Monday with my students. I teach 9th through 12 grade theatre but know my students will enjoy learning about Marceau's life as much as I did. This book will bring ou ...more
Emma Hendrickson
The picture book Monsieur Marceau is written by Leda Schubert and illustrated by Gerard Bubois. This book entails the life of the world’s most famous mime, Marcel Marceau. Not only does this book describe the fascinating life of Marceau but the book also goes into detail about the history of mimes. One of our favorite parts of the book was the tips for kids to try miming located at the end of the book. Not only does the book teach children about the significance of mimes, but also it is interact ...more
Howie Kahekili
Dec 09, 2014 Howie Kahekili rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307, picture-book
This book is about the story of Marcel Marceau one of the world’s most famous mimes. He was born in France 1923. At the age 16 when WWII began, as a Jew, he joined the French underground to resist the Nazis. After all the hardship of war, he changed his name and started a successful career as a mime. From a young age Marceau loved to entertain his friends by imitating Charlie Chaplin. Marceau was able to perform to and inspire audiences of all languages because he only used gestures. Even though ...more
Andrea
Dec 02, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it
This book is about the story of Marcel Marceau one of the world’s most famous mimes. He was born in France 1923. At the age 16 when WWII began, as a Jew, he joined the French underground to resist the Nazis. After all the hardship of war, he changed his name and started a successful career as a mime. From a young age Marceau loved to entertain his friends by imitating Charlie Chaplin. Marceau was able to perform to and inspire audiences of all languages because he only used gestures. Even though ...more
Brenna
Nov 18, 2014 Brenna rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-s-lit
When I think of France I think of croissants, love, and mines. This particular story is about the latter of the three – mines – and specifically the story of one of the most famous mimes in the world. Growing up in France pre-WWII Marcel Mangel loved making his friends laugh, then with the advancement of Nazi Germany his focus became focused on the French underground movement and saving orphaned Jewish children. After the horrors of the war he changed his name and began a career as a mime to gre ...more
Samantha Holler
Monsieur Marceau is written by Leda Schubert and illustrated by Gerard Bubois. Marcel Marceau, a world famous mime, opens up his wonderful and interesting life for this wonderful book. Marceau was a Jew and was born in France. One of the reasons why Marceau started miming was because he wanted to make his friends laugh. During World War II, Marceau helped many Jewish children escape to Switzerland; he did this by having the children dress up as boy scouts. Even though Marceau was Jewish, he chan ...more
Madeline Isaak
The picture book Monsieur Marceau is written by Leda Schubert and illustrated by Gerard Bubois. This book entails the life of the world’s most famous mime, Marcel Marceau. Not only does this book describe the fascinating life of Marceau but the book also goes into detail about the history of mimes. One of our favorite parts of the book was at the end of the book there was tips for kids to try miming. Not only does the book teach children about the significance of mimes but also it is interactive ...more
Karah Webb
Apr 21, 2014 Karah Webb rated it really liked it
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Kelly Borton
Apr 02, 2014 Kelly Borton rated it it was amazing
This is a refreshing picture biography book about Marcel Marceau for those who appreciate the talents of those in the fine arts. Author, Schubert highlight's Marceau's childhood through adulthood and the events that contributed to his lifework of miming. He was a world renowned entertainer on stage using his body and sometimes music but no words to portray many things in our lives. The text is limited to specific milestones that contributed to his character; for example, WWII and how he led hund ...more
Emily
Jul 21, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Audience: Primary
Genre: Nonfiction-Biography
Fiction Twin Text: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully. These books remind me of each other because they both discuss hobbies that are not as well known and deal with overcoming hardships or problems people face internally. I think this fiction selection would enhance my nonfiction selection because both books are about hobbies that young children may be unfamiliar with and also show different countries that the students may not have been
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Hannah
Nov 30, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Marcel Marceau was a beloved performer of mime throughout the twentieth century. He grew up in a time filled with war, depressions, but most importantly- Charlie Chaplin. Marcel adored Charlie and aimed to imitate both his humor and stardom. But unfortunately World War II got in the way of Marcel's journey to professional miming. He worked in France, rescuing children and transporting them to a safe place throughout the war. Not only was Marcel famed for his love of mime, he was also a war hero. ...more
Caty Carino
The picture book Monsieur Marceau is written by Leda Schubert and illustrated by Gerard Bubois. This book entails the life of the world’s most famous mime, Marcel Marceau. Not only does this book describe the fascinating life of Marceau but the book also goes into detail about the history of mimes. One of our favorite parts of the book was the tips for kids to try miming located at the end of the book. Not only does the book teach children about the significance of mimes, but also it is interact ...more
Erin
Genre: Nonfiction- Bibliography

Award: 2013 Orbis Pictus Award

Grade Levels: 2-6

Recommendation: Monsieur Marceau: Actor without Words would be a book I would recommend to students fascinated by World War II, those that have just read other Holocaust accounts, students interested in theatre and students that are reluctant readers. Although a French Resistance fighter, Marceau venerates Charlie Chaplin and becomes an actor/ mime, ironically choosing a life without words. Marceau’s choice to later ch
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Stephanie Field
Apr 28, 2015 Stephanie Field rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-books
I liked this book because of the story it tells of a man following his dreams and performing on stage which is what he loved to do.
Every page is filled with a large picture that is typically dark in color (because he is a mime so a lot of the pages are black and white) but then there are certain aspects of every page that really stand out. For example, on the black stage pages, with Marceau’s face painted white, his bright red lips and bright cream colored outfits really stand out to the reader
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Claudia Hall
Dec 09, 2014 Claudia Hall rated it really liked it
This story is about Marcel Marceau’s life and how he became a mime. Marceau was born in 1923 in France as Marcel Mangel. He came from a long line of actors and dancers and his father had a nice voice, but Mangel wanted to be a mime. Growing up he would perform for his friends making them laugh without saying a word. Mangel had to change his name to Marceau when WWII started because he was Jewish. Marceau’s father was killed in the concentration camps while Marceau was working with his people tra ...more
Ashton
Dec 07, 2015 Ashton rated it really liked it
Summary: Monsieur Marceau by Leda Schubert, tells the story of the most famous mine that the world had ever known. Originally born Marcel Mangel in1923, Marcel was born in a family of performers. Raised in Strasbourg, France Marcel was admired Charlie Chaplin and wished to purse a career in entertainment. Unfortunately Marcel and his family were forced to leave their homes as World War II began. In an effort to aid other Jewish citizens Marcel joined a French underground movement to resist the ...more
Holly
Several people recommended this to me at NCTE in Boston when looking through sale books, so of course I bought it! I knew of Monsieur Marceau, but I didn't know about his role in the Holocaust, joining the French underground and saving hundreds of Jewish children by leading them out of occupied France, over the Alps, and into Switzerland. Sparse writing but beautiful illustrations will introduce children to a fascinating man.
Kelsey Hoban
Apr 30, 2014 Kelsey Hoban rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, t-l-307
Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words in an interesting and creative book that was definitely different than anything I have ever read before. THis book is about a world famous mime. THis book goes on to tell the story of this mimes life and how he came about to be a mime. It describes the history of miming and includes everything you would ever want to know about this mans life and the wonderful life of miming. I thought this books was very interesting and unique. I really liked this pictures, ...more
Madison Young
Dec 10, 2014 Madison Young rated it really liked it
Monsieur Marceau tells the wonderful life story of Marcel Marceau and his life as a mime. Marceau grew up in France. When he was 16, World War II broke out and Marceau and his family were forced to leave their hometown. Marceau decided to join the resistance movement against the Nazis and he helped several thousands of people escape to Switzerland where they would be safe. After the war was over, Marceau decided to study miming. He became a very successful mime and played for several thousands o ...more
Karissa Olson
This is a biography written about Monsieur Marceau who is a mime around the time of World War II. While the overlaying point of the story his about his experiences being a mime, the book subtlety brings up the war and his efforts to resist the Nazi. Marceau changes his name so the Germans cannot figure out he is Jewish and helps American soldiers. After the war, is when Marceau started studying how to be a mime and after years of practice became world famous. This would be a good book to use in ...more
Katie Levin
Monsieur Marceau tells the inspiring life story of Marcel Marceau and his life as a mime. Growing up in France, Marceau had been through World War II which occurred when he was 16 years old and he and his family were forced to leave his home. Marceau decided to join the resistance movement against the Nazis and he helped several thousands of people escape to Switzerland where they would be safe. After the war was over, he studied miming and found a passion for it.. He is known around the world m ...more
Elizabeth
Sep 01, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
The reader of any age will probably learn some new things about this gentleman who blessed our lives with his miming. Born in Strasbourg, France to a family of entertainers, Marcel enjoyed acting to make his friends laugh. He wanted to be like Charlie Chaplin. But early in his life, World War II broke out and his family was forced to move carrying what belongings they could. Marcel joined the resistance at a young age and escorted many children to safety. After the war, Marcel studied mime and c ...more
Mallory
Feb 16, 2015 Mallory rated it it was amazing
This book was a great read for children learning about Monsieur Marceau. I knew a man that was a mime who trained with Monsieur Marceau many years ago and that is why I choose this book. I learned a lot about the man behind the white paint and a little bit of how he became the world's most famous mime. The book had wonderful illustrations that would keep kids engaged.

Twin Text: I paired this book with Loryn Brantz's "Harvey the Child Mime." It is a story about Harvey who performs as a mime on t
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Ashley R.
This book, Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words was very interesting to say the least. It is about one of the most famous mime's life and what lead up to his miming career. The illustrations were dark, but they stood out on the pages. It made me think that even though mimes are silent, these pictures capturing Marceau's life were loud in their own way. I had no idea until I reached this point in the book that his family lived through World War II or that he had led hundreds of Jewish children f ...more
Megan Going
Monsieur Marceau Actor without Words by Leda Schubert, illustrated by Gerard DuBois. The book is about Marcel Marceau who is a world famous mime that travels around the world for almost fifty years. He never had to say any words and the audiences were engrossed in his stories. The book tells the story of the man behind the silence, Marcel Mangel. He was born in France in 1923, growing up making his friend laugh and wanting to be just like Charlie Chaplin. Marcel helped a great deal in World War ...more
Audra Rowell
Jan 03, 2013 Audra Rowell rated it really liked it
Marcel Marceau is such an icon and now there's a wonderful picture book to give us his history. Just like Me...Jane, it's a great way to introduce finding your passion as a child and achieving your dreams, despite the obstacles that might arise. This book also offers a tiny peek into the French Resistance aspect of WWiI.
Stephanie
Nov 12, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This wonderful children's book tells the story of Marcel Marceau. Schubert does a wonderful job incorporating the details of Marceau's younger years growing up miming for his friends and then being forced out of his country due to WWII. I learned so much about Marceau that I was not expecting, like how he saved hundreds of Jewish children and fought with the French underground. I was expecting to learn mostly about the famous mime that I have seen and heard of over the years, but was pleasantly ...more
Makenna
Dec 08, 2015 Makenna rated it really liked it
This book was very enjoyable for me to read. It tells the story of Marcel Marceau - a man who loves to talk, but has chosen the profession of being a mime. Marceau is the world's most famous mime, but his life was not always what people may think it to have been. The book describes how Marceau was involved in helping children escape during the Holocaust and how he himself changed his last name to Marceau to avoid being recognized as a Jewish man. What I enjoyed most about this book were the illu ...more
Jessica Parsons
Dec 22, 2015 Jessica Parsons rated it really liked it
Shelves: epict-books
I did not realize what a complex and interesting life Marcel Marceau led until I read this book, now I want to find out more. Favorite quote "Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup"- Marcel Marceau
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