Crepes by Suzette

crepes suzettesTeach your children all about crepes and learn some new French words when reading Crepes by Suzette by Monica Wellington.

This book takes you through the streets of Paris, as Suzette wheels her cart around and makes a variety of crepes for all of the people that she interacts with, including a postman, a recently married couple, an artist, and children. The book also takes you through the sequence of making the batter, buying the fruit and then meeting all of her customers. At the end of the book, Monica discusses different landmarks in Paris as well as an introduction to famous paintings. Crepes by Suzette also includes a recipe for crepes in the back (which yields amazing crepes).

I made this recipe and my children and I enjoyed jam filled crepes as we read the book. There was enough crepe batter for dinner that night and lunch the next day! C’est merveilleux! (how wonderful!). When reading this book, discuss where Paris is located (look it up on Google Earth). Ask your child what would be their favorite filling and make the crepe together. We learned new French words, discussed the Mona Lisa painting and all of the different landmarks in Paris. Ask “wh” questions (e.g. “Who did Suzette meet?”, “What type of crepe did Suzette make for the postman?”, etc), encourage language expansion and work on sequencing (e.g. first she met the postman, then she met the …). The best part, sharing a crepe for dessert (see recipe here)!

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Unfortunately, this book is out of print but I was lucky enough to  find it at my local library. As another option, you can find it used online. Although this book is out of print, it will available as an app in the next few months. I will be posting it when it comes out!

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