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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child

Any book that chronicles the life of Julia Child should have the same amount of perseverance in its formation to match Child's career path.  Jessie Hartland's efforts of writing and illustration are top notch, and she grew up watching episodes of "The French Chef" and enjoys cooking herself. 

Jessie Hartland is a New York City-based commercial artist and writer and illustrator of books for children. She has painted murals at a Japanese amusement park, designed Christmas windows for Bloomingdale’s and put her mark on ceramics, watches and all sorts of other things.
She has done drawings for many magazines and newspapers such as: the New York Times, Travel and Leisure Family, Martha Stewart Kids, Bon Appetit, and Fit Pregnancy.

In working through this non-fiction book with a 4th grader, we found approximately 25 new vocabulary words.  We also found out that Julia Child once painted a toliet seat red as a prank!

Follow Julia Child—chef, author, and television personality—from her childhood in Pasadena, California, to her life as a spy in WWII, to the cooking classes she took in Paris, to the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to the funny moments of being a chef on TV. This is a comprehensive and enchanting picture book biography, told in many panels and jam-packed with lively, humorous, and child-friendly details.

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