Written by Maria Castellucci Moore
Illustrated by Emanuela Mannello
Ages 4+ | 38 Pages
Publisher: Mascot Kids | ISBN-13: 9781637551431
Publisher’s Book Summary: Vivienne in Paris follows a young Parisian girl on a journey through Paris to find what makes her tick. Join Vivienne as she discovers the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of the city that make her feel alive. What better place to explore, observe, and delight in her senses than Paris?
This book tells a story of mindfulness and insight into how the surrounding world can really move you. It unites curiosity, wonder, and marvel to enlighten, surprise, and tickle your deepest spirit. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that bring you the greatest joy.
Vivienne lives in Paris and takes readers along with her on a tour of places she loves. Her grandfather asks her to take a ride through Paris and “take notice of what your heart and body tell you.” So she hops on her bicycle and visits some of her favorite shops and the opera house. Each stop captivates one of her senses. The taste of freshly baked bread, the sound of violins, the smell of her favorite cheese, the texture of a new hat, and the sight and scent of flowers all ground her experiences in physical as well as emotional reactions. The illustrations show a vivacious girl in iconic Parisian locations. Flowers trail from marble urns in the Luxembourg Gardens with her grand-pere. The windows of a boulangerie patisserie and a fromagerie are filled with delights to tempt taste buds. Cobblestone streets, signs on shops and streets in French, sidewalk tables outside cafes, and the sweeping staircase in the entrance of the Palais Garnier all set the scene. Colored text helps phrases in French stand out on the page such as when the florist asks, “Comment puis-je vous aider aujourd'hui?” Young readers will have fun comparing their own favorite places around town with those of Vivienne’s story. Perhaps they will even be inspired to write their own version of a perfect Sunday afternoon.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Owner Entrepreneur, first-generation American, writer, and mother to four children. Maria Castellucci Moore strives to bring passion and enthusiasm to all her endeavors. A lover of all things European, María has found great passion through her travels to Paris, Italy, Spain, and South America. Her affection for winemaking, foreign languages, the arts, ballroom dancing, and traveling has given María a unique and grateful perspective on life. Her love for her family and helping others through charitable giving has enabled María to thoughtfully curate purposeful life adventures.
María Castellucci Moore earned her bachelor of arts degree in finance from Dominican University on a tennis scholarship, and later pursued studying at New York University and the London School of Economics with a focus on global affairs. In 2016, with her siblings, Maria founded Castellucci Napa Family, a luxury wine and real estate brand. María runs her wine label and a family real estate development company in the greater Bay Area. She is a board member of the San Francisco Opera Guild and is enthusiastic about building opportunity and community through the arts.
María resides in Saint Helena, California, with her husband and four young children. She enjoys writing; traveling; attending the opera, ballet, and symphony; flower arranging; winemaking; ballroom dancing; and playing tennis and the piano.
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