A Distant Vacation + A Famous Bookstore = Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday

I was away last week on a much-needed vacation. I traveled to a city where architectural wonders rose around me as I ventured down narrow, cobblestone streets. Everywhere I turned, views left me breathless and reaching for my camera. Late one afternoon, I rode up an elevator with my family that carried us closer to the clouds and revealed an unforgettable 360-degree sight of this bustling city that never sleeps.  I toured museums, boasting treasures I had only seen in books but now stood before in awe. I tucked into tiny shops filled with tantalizing delights. I ate in restaurants that offered unbelievable, culinary masterpieces for the tummy and the eyes!

A famous store in this city made it high on my must-see list.

Misleadingly small on the outside, but filled with a labyrinth of book-filled rooms on the inside is how I would describe the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris. 

When I packed my suitcase for this trip, I brought as little as possible so as to leave as much room as possible for a few Parisian souvenirs. I imagined strolling along the Champs Elyse’es, saying, “Oooo-La-La!” each time I fell in love with a sweater, purse, or scarf. Maybe I’d bring home a small replica of the Eiffel Tower to sit beside me at my desk or a box of utterly-divine chocolates. Instead, I needed to borrow space in my husband’s suitcase for the stack of books I couldn’t resist. 

The interesting detail about the book I’m sharing with you today is that I purchased it without knowing what the story was about. For the first time, I didn’t read the synopsis, and I didn’t read a single word on any page; instead, I became intrigued by the cover illustration, opened the book to the first page, and knew I wasn’t leaving the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore without this treasure.

Title – How the Stars Came to Be

Written and illustrated by – Poonam Mistry

Published by – Tate Publishing -2019

Suitable for ages – absolutely everyone – children and adults

Topics/Theme –  Folk tale, how the stars came to be, father and daughter story

Opening – In a time many years ago, there was only the light from the Sun and the Moon. There once lived a Fisherman’s daughter who loved to feel the light on her skin. During the day she would dance and play, weaving in and out of the Sun’s rays.

Amazon Review HERE –  Have you ever wondered how the stars came to be in the sky?

The Fisherman’s Daughter loved to dance in the sunlight and bathe in the glow of the moon. But when the moon disappeared for a few nights each month, she worried about her father and how he would find his way home from the sea in the deep darkness. When the sun finds her sobbing one night, he takes one of his rays and shatters it onto the ground, creating the stars and giving the girl the task of putting them into the dark night sky. This beautifully illustrated story gives us a new folk tale, and a new way to look up at the night sky.

Learn more about Poonam Mistry HERE.

Sit back and watch this youtube video, filled with illustrations by Poonam Mistry HERE.

If you have an extra moment,  I’ve included 16 photographs from my vacation.

PARIS 2019 PHOTO ALBUM

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The famed Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

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Notre Dame

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tree-lined lane near the Pont Alexandre III Bridge

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Irresistible pastries

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View from the Arc de Triomphe

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Inside the Louvre

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Streets at Montmartre

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A Parisian sight

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Windows at Saint-Vincent-de-Paul

1983

Sacre’ Coeur Basilica

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A decadent chocolate dessert

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Pont Alexandre III Bridge

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Tuileries Garden

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Rue du Petite Pont

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Me at the Eiffel Tower

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An amazing Cappuccino

Au revoir until next Friday!

12 thoughts on “A Distant Vacation + A Famous Bookstore = Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. I love Paris & was lucky enough to visit many times when two of my children, at two separate times, studied there in college. Shakespeare & Company is a wonderful bookstore, and you certainly brought back a treasure! If you haven’t seen Poonam Mystry’s other books, check out Lantana Publishing – her illustrations for several books by Chitra Soundar are stunning (and available in the US, I think).

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    • This has to be the first time in my book purchasing history that I bought a book without knowing what it was about. But oh my gosh did the illustrations speak to me! And yes, I definitely enjoyed myself in Paris. If I could have had more time there with my family, I would have loved to visit more museums, frequent more cafes, sample more Parisian pastries, and return to Shakespeare and Company to purchase a few more books.

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  2. Thanks for a lovely post, Leslie! And welcome home! How the Stars Came to be Sounds like an absolutely wonderful folk tale. Wouldn’t it be terrific if that was a staple story share in early childhood programs? It’s neat to consider that you found it at the Shakespeare and Company bookstore. I was able to visit it too, when I traveled to Paris several years ago. Love your photos! I hope you and your family had a fabulous time.

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    • I’m amazed at how many people I’ve spoken to that have heard about Shakespeare and Company and have also traveled to Paris to visit this charming bookstore. Their children’s section is positively perfect in every way. I loved their cozy nook with the super-soft seating. And yes, this book would be marvelous to share in EC programs!

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