THE FIRST TIME I SAW PARIS by Anne Pilgrim

THE FIRST TIME I SAW PARIS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A young English girl abandons her plan to attend a teachers' college in London following her father's death and decides in favor of a position in a Parisian boarding school run by her aunt. Roberta leaves her boy friend Edward, who disapproves of the whole idea, and becomes immersed in the problems of her wards, especially in helping two step-sisters learn to get along. Romance comes her way in the form of Philippe, a French student, but in the end Roberta must differentiate between spun sugar romance and real love. The plot- in some ways routine- is actually incidental to the enchanting travel log that unfolds as the reader sees Paris for the time through the appreciative and wondering eyes of the sensitive young girl. There are impressive trips to the Louvre, to the Bois de Boulogne, and Versailles. Enjoying dinner on the Left Bank, riding to the top of the Eiffel Tower, living in the picture-esque Montmartre of Utrillo's canvases allow Roberta to realize her dreams. The book is imbued with a scenic life that fairly emits the odors of springtime in this fabulous city.

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 1961
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman