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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > Jan/Feb 2018 > Poise And Propriety

Poise And Propriety

A fictional French café owner and a revered English writer are the charming protagonists in picture books from Canadian illustrators

The Pink Umbrella

Amélie Callot and Geneviève Godbout, ill.; Lara Hinchberger, trans.

Tundra Books, Ages 6–9

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen

Deborah Hopkinson and Qin Leng, ill. Balzer & Bray, Ages 4–8

The Rituals of courtship and village life are at the heart of two new swoon-worthy picture books – one about finding joy and bliss in the everyday, and the other, a loving, biographical ode to a revered writer.

The Pink Umbrella, by French author Amélie Callot (translated by Lara Hinchberger), is a winsome, slice-of-life confection. Adele runs the bustling Polka-Dot Apron café that is the place to be in her tiny coastal hamlet. Its success is due in no small part to Adele’s effervescent loveliness. However, when rain clouds appear, Adele’s sunny disposition takes a dark turn and she takes to bed, despondent.

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