Myra here.

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We are excited to join Kidlit Frenzy’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year. Right now we are having a “Buffet of Asian Literature: Makan! Let’s Eat! Kain Tayo!” theme until end of June. We are featuring either Asian-themed titles or food-related themes in books.

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Today, I am glad to share another picturebook biography. This one is still in keeping with our current Makan theme with the delicious story of Julia Child as seen from the perspective of her cat, Minette. I thought that this was an ingenious approach to viewing the life of Julia Child.

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I would have gladly traded places with Minette, as she is most likely generously fed and well-loved by both Julia and her supportive husband. What really came off in this story is how filled with vibrance and life Julia Child was, and how she pursued her passion and interest with such dedication and tenacity and with absolute sheer joy and love.

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The first time I heard of Julia Child was when I watched the film Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep performing the role of Julia. Apparently, it was also adapted from a novel by Julia Powell which I found at a thrift book shop here in Singapore.

This is a good introduction to Julia Child’s life filled with illustrations that breathe life and energy – fully capturing the essence of Julia Child herself. I also love how Minette was shown to prefer the luscious mouse above all delicacies, which is also true to form I thought, and very apt too.

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Clearly, the author has also done her research work as the entire narrative is filled with references of Julia’s thoughts about Minette as found in her memoirs and letters. This is likewise referenced in the fairly comprehensive back matter that also includes a glossary of terms.

It would be great to pair this with picturebook with another PBB of Julia Child written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland entitled Bon Appétit: The Delicious Life of Julia Child. Click here to be taken to Fats’ review of Bon Appétit.

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat by Susanna Reich and Illustrated by Amy Bates. Published by Harry N. Abrams, 2012. Book borrowed from the public library. Book photos taken by me.

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10 comments on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] A feast from a Cat’s Perspective: Minette’s Feast

  1. Love both these JC picture books!

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  2. I thought Minette’s Feast was a great way to introduce younger readers to Julia Child. Thank you for linking up.

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  3. When I watched Julie & Julia I wanted to read everything about Julia Child but hadn’t gone around to it. These would be great for NFPB. Thanks!

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  4. It’s amazing how quickly some young students become “foodies”. These books would be perfect for them! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I really enjoyed both of those books. I also read Julia and Julia and watched the movie. She is such a fascinating person. 🙂

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  6. Hi Myra, these books are new to me. Good thing I just ate dinner, they both look yummy!

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  8. lemon123

    Since I love cats, I have to get a copy of this picture book. I happen to love cats more than cooking.

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