French Chil­dren Don’t Throw Food

By Pamela Druckerman Transworld Books RRP $14.00

Provincial Living - - Entertainment -

Look teaches you how to im­i­tate ev­ery clas­sic French style, from the grandeur of a château to the sim­plic­ity of ru­ral liv­ing. With its de­tailed, easy to fol­low in­struc­tions, DIYers can adapt and achieve their own ver­sion of the French look in any home or apart­ment.

Part one fea­tures eight dif­fer­ent French styles, while part two fo­cuses on dif­fer­ent rooms of the home, from the liv­ing area to the bath­room. Learn how to dis­tress fur­ni­ture, make coun­try-style cush­ions, gild a ta­ble top, or add sim­ple fin­ish­ing touches such as a lit­tle posy of laven­der. No pro­ject is too de­mand­ing or in­tim­i­dat­ing, and the beau­ti­ful pho­tog­ra­phy is in­spi­ra­tional. A must-have ref­er­ence for ev­ery Fran­cophile DIYer.

I pur­chased this book on a friend’s rec­om­men­da­tion but won­dered, “Why would I want to read this? I don’t have tod­dlers; my chil­dren are (hope­fully) much too wise to throw food any­more!” But I bought it any­way, and loved it. Have you ever won­dered, “Why are French moth­ers more likely to be seen in skinny jeans and not in track­suit pants?” Or, “Why do French chil­dren hap­pily eat what is put in front of them?” This book is full of fas­ci­nat­ing and funny an­swers.

Pamela Druckerman is an Amer­i­can woman rais­ing three chil­dren in Paris. Be­mused by the rel­a­tively easy lives of the French par­ents around her, she slowly re­alises that they teach their chil­dren civilised be­hav­iour through sub­tly ex­press­ing their ex­pec­ta­tions. A good read for par­ents of young chil­dren, and any­one else who, like my­self, is never too old to learn!

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