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French Kids Eat Everything Audiobook

French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules

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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. Karen soon begins to see the wisdom in the "food rules" that the French use to foster healthy eating habits and good manners in babies and children. Some of the rules call into question both our eating habits and our parenting styles. Other rules evoke commonsense habits that we used to share but have somehow forgotten.

Combining personal anecdotes with practical tips and appetizing recipes, French Kids Eat Everything is a humorous, provocative look at families, food, and children that is filled with inspiration and advice that every parent can use.

©2012 Karen Bakker Le Billon (P)2014 Tantor

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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 03-21-15
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 03-21-15 Member Since 2013

    Audible is a really great way to escape into different worlds. I love "reading" and discovering new authors and stories.

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    "Can I have a snack? main non, bien sur - NO!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book was overall well written, and is true to some degree. Europeans (I know that I am one of them) take great care what to cook, how to prepare it and gladly spend more time in the kitchen, then doing other things. I cook everything from scratch and we eat pretty healthy, much cheaper then if we were to eat processed foods. I have to agree that in the States,children snack too much, drink too early juices (full of sugar) and are eating quite a bit of their meals in the car, rather than at the table. This book is definitely a valuable tool, if you are willing to try this approach in order to cure your picky eater into an eater. So, overall her story has good value, but it could have been written in two chapters!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Karen Le Billon writes adequately, nothing impressive, somewhat unimaginative. She is very repetitive and sometimes when you are listening to the book you think, wait did I go backwards in the story? That's how repetitive her story is. Also, not everyone in France eats that way, although true, the average French person eats more nutritious food, then some of my friends here in the US. I think her husband Philip sums it up nicely in the book when he says that both sides - American and European - well French, have both good points and bad points about their view of food and nourishment. What I did not appreciate in this cultural dilemma, but pointed out very clearly by the author is that French give a great deal of thought to their food. If you (doesn't matter who you are) don't accept that, you are or will not be accepted. And even if you are "accepted" - they (the French) never really make friends with you, because they just don't do THAT easily? Hm, sounds to me a bit as hypocrisy - Yes, we shouldn't overdo, over-fuzz or mindlessly eat - healthy food is hard to come by and we should respect the product. However, are we humans, friendships and future relationships not much more important than how we view food, even if we are :bien éduqués" meaning "well taught"? I rather pass on a wonderful french dinner and spend time with a friend or a new friend to make, than snob them because they don't appreciate their food the french way.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cris Dukehart’s performances?

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! HORRIBLE narration. I almost cried when I heard her French, it's terrible, ruins the whole book. She is an ok reader for English, but her French which obviously was not "edited" or "rehearsed" really takes the fun out of the book. Therefore I would NOT recommend this book as an audible book. I really think that Audible should screen their readers when they read in different languages!


    Do you think French Kids Eat Everything needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, we get it.


    Any additional comments?

    Due to the narration I would NOT recommend this book. Read it in print! Some valuable advise in the book.

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    Melissa 06-15-16
    Melissa 06-15-16
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    "My daughter is already eating better"

    My 2.5 year old started eating better after only 3 days of trying the food rules. We still have a way to go but she is now eating things like quinoa, broccoli, kale, carrots, sweet potatoes, and steak without struggle. Slowly introducing more foods. I'm not sure where I got off track as she ate everything as a baby, but this book really helps you get back on track.

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    Vcsf 12-06-16
    Vcsf 12-06-16
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    "Skip it"

    Reader apparently thought every single sentence was meant to be tongue in cheek. It's tiresome to listen to a full paragraph that way... think of the weariness from listening to a whole book. And that's just the English phrases. The French was poorly pronounced even to my non-native ear.

    As for the book, you're better off with Bringing Up Bebe, which is better written, funnier, and better researched.

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    Andrea 08-25-16
    Andrea 08-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow to start, but sick with it"

    Starts off a bit slow, but picks up midway through. Author provides good tangible ideas to implement with your family. Worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenni Kansas, USA 05-16-16
    Jenni Kansas, USA 05-16-16
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    "Great"

    Practical realistic way of understanding culture and food preference as well as jow to help your own family develop better eating habits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 08-09-14
    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2014

    Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.

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    "A must read for those who care about food"
    If you could sum up French Kids Eat Everything in three words, what would they be?

    This book was a great read, even if you do not have children. I learned much and was engaged from the first page. This is a well written and insightful book about not only food, but manners and cultural differences


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed how the author coped, wrote about, and expanded her experience of living in France and eating.


    Which character – as performed by Cris Dukehart – was your favorite?

    The author, of course.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Eating while sitting, eating a little bit of everything, eating vegetables. The socialization of dining. I could continue ....


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this author will write a second book. I would read it with relish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sagehen47_Seattle 11-29-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Important principles, helpful tips...awful accents"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator is not French. I am not French, either, but even limited junior high school French classes gave me the ability to recognize a butchered French accent. It became a bit painful toward the middle/end of the audio book.


    Did French Kids Eat Everything inspire you to do anything?

    This book changed my approach to feeding my toddler in important ways!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    prhardy 10-21-16
    prhardy 10-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good but repetitive"

    This book was very good and insightful. However, towards the end it got very, very redundant.

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    Christine Baxter 08-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting concept- French eating outside of France"

    I thought the story very interesting, mostly the ending where they attempted to bring the French eating customs into the North American eating culture. Interesting way of adapting to the styles here and there.
    The one thing is that the narrator's voice had a very strange accent on the French passages, almost like Indian accented English instead of French accented English. Not awful but definitely took me out of the story a bit.

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    Wendi A. Pilling 08-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Was so excited to see FKEE was now an audiobook"

    I have owned this book for a couple years and have read it twice. I have looked for it on audible in the past and have not found it, so when I discovered it had become available I bought it right away. Le Billon's story is so instructional and inspirational, I would recommend it to any parent who wishes they could fast forward the dinner hour or who worries their kids are learning to eat well. Highly recommend.

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