...drives a taxi in Paris and, when his wife is kept away nursing her sister, he assures his four anxious children that the family's annual pique-nique at the Foret de Chantilly will be held and that he will personally supervise the collection of all the food they like best. His frustrated shopping trip (people kept hailing his cab) introduces a number of French shop and menu words, among others. These are collected at the back of the book in a pronouncing glossary. Swift line drawings overlaid with washes of blue and red make the book a bright and happy trip through Paris. Early grade foreign language classes should find this an amusing introduction to French. Because the French words are confined to the signs in the pictures, the short text should give third graders no vocabulary trouble and the amusing story can stand on its own without any particular attention to the extra purpose of the book.