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Daily life in ancient and modern Paris
Hoban, Sarah.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Runestone Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
64 pages ; 27 cm.
Explores daily life in Paris, from the time of its early settlement in the seventh century B.C. through the Middle Ages up to two world wars and after.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.1 1.0 47110.
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DC715 .H53 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Paris brings to mind beautiful buildings, famous works of art, extravagant meals, and a casual way of living.Unbelievably, the streets were once dumping grounds for garbage and human waste, armies fought battle after battle to control the city, and over half the city's population was destroyed by illness.Discover how life changed drastically with each change of leadership, with each war, and with each new art movement.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. Thanks to tight writing, Bob Moulder's lively illustrations, and user-friendly, two-page formatting, this elementary look at the history of the city of Paris is an academic success. Hoban divides the information into seven sections: Early Paris, The Middle Ages, A Season of Unrest, Revolution, A Golden Age, Paris at War, and Modern Paris. Within those sections are two-page "reports" that have the economical punch of children's magazine articles. A good introduction to nonfiction resource books--even reluctant readers will peruse this title in the Cities through Time series. --Kelly Milner Halls

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-A conglomeration of history and occasional glimpses into everyday activities that treats neither adequately. The historical information omits such major figures as St. GeneviĀŠve (Paris's patron saint), Philip II Augustus (who made Paris the center of medieval Europe), and Joan of Arc. Although Hoban states that "Paris has inspired artists, writers, and musicians," only Impressionist painters get a section to themselves. Erik Satie is the sole composer mentioned by name, and no French writers are covered. Sports, the media, science, ballet, opera, and the city's role as a business, manufacturing, and banking center are all neglected. The material on contemporary Paris is particularly weak. There is nothing on recent upheavals (strikes, terrorist bombings, racial tensions, and unemployment); no mention of the 58-story Montparnasse Tower or EuroDisney. Despite several references to "beautiful fashions," there's no discussion of the garment industry. Coverage of daily life is spotty, and only the material on medieval Paris approaches thoroughness. The book contains just one map, a tiny insert that merely places Paris as a dot on France. No history of any city can be complete without a map of the area as it currently exists, plus historical maps showing its expansion over time. Finally, there are several errors-the Germans invaded Belgium in May, 1940, not September, 1939-and confusions-Hoban gives the population of Paris "and its suburbs" as more than two million, but other sources state that it is over nine million. Paris is an extremely attractive production and, unfortunately, does fill a need. However, its limitations should be recognized and weighed carefully.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
Early Paris
The Parisiip. 6
Lutetia Parisiorump. 8
Paris Becomes Christianp. 10
The Middle Ages
Vikings on the Seinep. 12
Paris at Workp. 14
River Lifep. 16
Building Notre Damep. 18
A Seat of Learningp. 20
Care for the Sickp. 22
A Season of Unrest
War and Plaguep. 24
The Reformationp. 26
Salons, Theaters, and Promenadesp. 28
A Hard Lifep. 30
Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite!p. 32
The Culture of Reasonp. 34
A Golden Age
Rebuilding Parisp. 36
City of Paintersp. 38
The Big Storesp. 40
Paris Is Blockadedp. 42
The Belle Epoquep. 44
Paris at War
World War I and Afterp. 46
Nazis Occupy Parisp. 48
Modern Paris
After the Warp. 50
A Love of Fine Foodp. 52
The Metrop. 54
A City for Walkingp. 56
Modern-Day Parisp. 58
Paris Timelinep. 60
Books about France and Parisp. 62
Indexp. 63
About the Author and Illustratorp. 64