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Title:
Madame Martine
Author:
Brannen, Sarah S., author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
On a chase to retrieve her new dog, a longtime resident of Paris ascends the Eiffel Tower for the first time, discovering how much beauty she has been missing all these years and deciding to try something new each week.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
500 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780807549056
Format :
Book

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Summary

Madame Martine lives in Paris and follows the same routine every day. She takes for granted the beautiful things that exist all around her. She refuses to go to the Eiffel Tower because it's "just for tourists." One day Madame Martine finds a stray dog and decides to take him home. When she tries keeping her dog on the same schedule, he breaks free, leading Madame Martine on a wild chase up the Eiffel Tower! Upon reaching the top, she discovers how much beauty she has been missing all these years. From then on, the two friends try something different every week.


Author Notes

Sarah S. Brannen is the author and illustrator of Uncle Bobby's Wedding. She has illustrated over a dozen other picture books, including Feathers: Not Just for Flying, a 2014 Junior Library Guild selection. She lives in Massachusetts. Sarah S. Brannen is the author and illustrator of Uncle Bobby's Wedding. She has illustrated over a dozen other picture books, including Feathers: Not Just for Flying, a 2014 Junior Library Guild selection. She lives in Massachusetts.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Madame Martine lives alone in Paris and enjoys the set pattern of her life. Though the Eiffel Tower is near her apartment, she's never climbed it. Eh. It's a tourist thing. But when she finds a lost dog, shares her dinner with him, and names him Max, things begin to change. One day, he bounds up the stairs of the Eiffel Tower. With difficulty, the rather stout, white-haired lady climbs too, finally catching up with her dog in the elevator to the top. Brannen's precise, sensitive line drawings, warmed with watercolor washes in gentle tones, illustrate the story beautifully, beginning with the rounded, solitary figure of Madame Martine and climaxing with two double-page spreads showing the main characters enjoying the view of the light-spangled city from the Eiffel Tower at night. The next pages depict Madame Martine and Max back in the old routine, except that every Saturday they tried something new. The straightforward text reads aloud well, while the artwork defines the characters and settings in a memorable way.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Who needs to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower when you live in its shadow? That's the logic adopted by set-in-her-ways Madame Martine, the dour, elderly star of this sweet-natured story about the joys to be found in trying something new. Madame Martine is content to follow her familiar routes through the streets of Paris: Every morning Madame Martine went to Rue Cler and bought chicken on Monday, scallops on Tuesday, mushrooms on Wednesday, beef on Thursday, and fish on Friday. On Saturdays she fed the birds. On Sundays she stayed home. But after a friendly stray dog catches her eye during her stroll, all bets may be off. The new pet, now named Max, inserts himself into Madame's rigid routine and helps her gain a new perspective on her surroundings. Brannen (Uncle Bobby's Wedding) illustrates her tale of an expanded viewpoint with gently drafted watercolor scenes of vibrant Paris streetscapes that gradually brighten, right along with Madame Martine's wardrobe--and attitude. Ages 4--7. Agent: Jennifer Starkman, Transatlantic Literary Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Madame Martine, who lives in Paris, is very set in her ways. She eats specific meals on specific days, and she's quite sure that climbing the Eiffel Tower is a waste of time. But when she adopts a stray dog who scampers up the steps of the landmark, what can she do but follow? After experiencing the allures of a Parisian evening viewed from on high, Madame Martine is amenable to varying her routine a bit in the future. This is a pleasant, if not especially inventive theme for a picture book. Brannen's plump-figured watercolors are also appealing, but she has attempted daring, vertiginous renderings of the headlong dash up the tower that seem a bit beyond her ability to give them authenticity, and the spreads of Paris lack much detail-a lost opportunity that reinforces the blandness of the plot.- Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.