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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
What does a dog do to adapt to new surroundings in a strange country? How does he communicate past hello and goodbye? Paris-Chien (Adventures of An Expat Dog) by Jackie Clark Mancuso is a cute children's book about Hudson, a fun-loving terrier that relocates to Paris. Soon after arriving, Hudson's enthusiasm for his new and unfamiliar home quickly turns to disappointment as he discovers that Parisian dogs only speak French! Faced with a language barrier and coping with culture shock, Hudson searches for a way to adjust to his new environment. When Hudson meets another expat dog, his world opens up, and he begins taking French lessons. With his friend at his side and a little encouragement from his guardian, Hudson feels more at home. Only, will he be able to fully adjust to life in Paris? Or will he beg his guardian to take him back home?
This book is cute and fun to read! I love that Hudson is so personable. Paris-Chien (Adventures of An Expat Dog) by Jackie Clark Mancuso is beautifully illustrated with gouache paintings; this children's story is certain to stimulate the interest of the more artistic young reader. Although Hudson is reluctant to try to fit in, he quickly comes around and becomes fluent in his new country's language and culture. This book is both entertaining and educational as it teaches young readers how to recognize and pronounce French words. Complete with a little French dictionary in the back of the book, this story is a great educational tool as well as a helpful story for children struggling to adjust to a new environment. This is a really wonderful book and I am thrilled to have had the pleasure of reading it.