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3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
There was magic in that box of pancake flour. Charles was sure that if he just knew how, he could make French crêpes for Mardi Gras, the crêpes they always had to celebrate the day before Lent in Paris. But how to make French crêpes from a package of ordinary American pancake flour—that was the puzzle. Charles could read French quite well—he was just ten years old—but he c ...more
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published 1947 by Viking Juvenile
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Apr 15, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok
In the gloomy, morose days following the end of World War II, Paris, France is not nearly what it had been previously, in the bygone happy times referred to by the kids in this book simply as "Before". France absorbed some of the worst damage of any allied country in the war, and now, only a few short years later, the nation is still enshrouded in the dim pallor of that sadness.

When two American soldiers ask ten-year-old Charles for directions to St. Séverin Church, the pleasantly accommodati
Jan 16, 2017 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
Quelle surprise! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this short story. What a sweet story! I really liked the generosity of the American soldiers who helped out this little boy and his family. I also liked the resourcefulness of Charles to seek out a translator for the pancake mix box. It was also sad to read how very deprived this family was of even the most basic necessities.
Jun 26, 2012 K. rated it really liked it
Quite possible for the 12/13 read-aloud.

Such a sweet, understated story about what life is like after a war.

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Pretty much sums it up.
Phil Jensen
Jan 15, 2017 Phil Jensen rated it really liked it
Most Americans have no idea what it's like to live in a post-war zone or deal with the national crises of violent regime change and foreign occupation. It's hard for our students to empathize with a place like Iraq or Syria; they are too "other" for making connections. In this simple book about making Fat Tuesday crepes, we meet a post-war Parisian family and their cautious interactions with American GIs. It shines a light on these experiences and emotions in a way that most children can relate ...more
Kevin Keating
Sep 13, 2016 Kevin Keating rated it liked it
Itś a nice little story about American troops helping a little French boy celebrate Mardi Gras for his sister. Some stereotypes but you can handle it.
The author did a great job of setting the scene of impoverished wartime France in a short amount of time. The main character, Charles, is likable and I felt sympathetic toward him. He and his friends talk about what life was like BEFORE the war and I felt the longing that the characters have for that time. The resolution is satisfying but it smacks, slightly, as propagandist. There are some racial stereotypes to deal with if one is reading the book with a youngster.

Thomas Bell
Aug 13, 2011 Thomas Bell rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery-honors
This is a book about a young, fatherless family living in Paris just after WWII. They have dreams, and one of them is to have crepes for Mardi Gras. With the help of some friendly American soldiers, and a translator at the embassy, their dreams are sort-of fulfilled.

It's a cute story, and although it only took me 20 minutes to read, it made my eyes get a little wet. Yep. Fun book and definitely worth the time it takes.
Jul 24, 2013 Courtney rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery
This was a delightful story about people coming together in post-war France to eat pancakes and help remember the time BEFORE. Yes, mother, it was at EOU.
Dec 04, 2014 Mckinley rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery, food, family, city, wwii
Aftermath of WWII in Paris, not enough of anything from 'before'. A young boy befriends some American GIs. ENjoyed this simple story which looks at life after the end of a war through young eyes.
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Claire Huchet Bishop (1899 – 13 March 1993) was a children's novelist and librarian, winner of the Newbery Honor for Pancakes-Paris and All Alone, and the Josette Frank Award for Twenty and Ten. The Five Chinese Brothers won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959.

An American born in France or Geneva, Switzerland, Bishop attended the Sorbonne and started the first children's library in France. After
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