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  • French Kids Eat Everything

  • How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules
  • By: Karen Le Billon
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

When she moved her young family to her husband's hometown in northern France, Karen Le Billon expected some cultural adjustment. But she didn't expect to be lectured for slipping her fussing toddler a snack, or to be forbidden from packing her older daughter a school lunch. Karen is intrigued by the fact that French children happily eat everything-from beets to broccoli, from salad to spinach - while French obesity rates are a fraction of what they are in North America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can I have a snack? main non, bien sur - NO!

  • By Marie on 03-21-15

Interesting but Poorly Performed.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I decided to listen to this book after I finished Bringing Up Bebe. I saw reviews saying this book was better. I didn't find that was the case for me and I found it hard to relate to the author. If I had to summarize this book in a few words it's "How to try and teach your kids not to be picky eaters when you are also a picky eater". As someone who is not a picky eater and is excited about food I found the author's story to be irritating. Of course you're not going to have adventurous kids if you refuse to eat most everything.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting part for me was how difficult it was for her daughter to fit into French school society. And inversely when they moved back to Canada how much of an adjustment it was the other way. It's a good lesson for parents thinking about moving to other countries with their kids. It's a rough adjustment period for everyone, including the children, and children are not social experiments. It seemed a little cruel to totally change their environment just to move back to Canada in a year. I'm sure that their kids will have gained something from their year in France but I do feel somewhat bad for their daughters and the emotional toll it must have taken on them and the family.

What didn’t you like about Cris Dukehart’s performance?

Her french pronunciation was terrible and her attempts at french accents often sounded Indian or just totally off base. As someone who studied french in High school listening to her pronunciation of French words was like nails on a chalkboard. She also could not pronounce anecdote, which drove me crazy.

What else would you have wanted to know about Karen Le Billon’s life?

If she managed to enact any change at her daughter's schools back in Canada.

Any additional comments?

All in all, if you are a middle class/upper middle class Urbanite/Foodie I think you may enjoy Bringing Up Bebe more than this book. I think the author's voice and experiences resonated with me much more than Le Billon's did.

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