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Vive la Difference,
This review is from: French Children Don't Throw Food (Hardcover)Beneath a cloak of chatty prose and self-deprecating humour, Pamela Druckerman offers an incisive commentary on child-rearing in France. An irritating American with an irritable British husband (her words, not mine!), she experiences first-hand the differences in cultural, linguistic and performative expectations, covering everything from assumptions about pregnancy, to the socialisation of toddlers, and, of course, plain good manners. Embedded in the text are other stories, of raising bilingual children and of expat mothers in Paris, commiserating over French weirdness and tipping each other off as to where they can buy Marmite and Frazzles.
This is no hatchet job on Anglophone maternity, nor is it a hagiography of French methods. Druckerman is far too smart for that, and even takes time out to investigate how many "American" methods have already been lifted from abroad. Discreet references at the back of the book ground her comments firmly in real research and childcare philosophy, stretching all the way back to Rousseau. Plenty of food for thought, and none of it thrown.
However, since the French are not above dishing out smacks, perhaps someone would like to spank the design department for the ridiculously twee dust jacket, which serves little purpose and ended up in the bin shortly after I acquired the book.
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2012 14:23:30 GMT
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Posted on 26 Jan 2012 02:09:03 GMT
T. Hewson says:
One of the best reviews I've ever read; witty, concise and informative.....I'll have to buy it now. I just hope the review isn't better than the book.
Posted on 5 Feb 2012 18:47:46 GMT
I totally agree about the dust jacket (and the book) - if you're going to bother to do one, at least do it full size. Mine's gone in the bin too.
Posted on 12 Feb 2012 16:00:38 GMT
K. Corn says:
Since not based in the UK at present I did buy the US edition and am eagerly looking to compare the two (a friend gave me the UK edition). I can already tell that certain studies and statistics seem to differ but it will take a full reading of the UK edition to be able to provide detailed inforation.
As fot the US version of the book, I do know that the statistics which focus on such topics as the percentage of American children who eat dinner with their parents compared to French children would probably differ from such information in the
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