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Monet's House and Garden (Giverny) – Stand on the Japanese bridge overlooking the waterlily pond and kids can imagine themselves into a Monet painting. Enjoy wandering through the weeping willows around the water garden and among the exuberant flowers in the main garden.

      Read on our blog "Giverny: Monet's art in the garden."
    Parc Asterix (Plailly) – If your kids read the Asterix comic books, this theme park is a must. Plenty of water fun, exciting rides, shows and Asterix characters. The park is open April to September. Click here for more info.
    Air and Space Museum (Le Bourget) – At the end of his solo flight across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget airport. The Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget (Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace) has a particularly good collection of hot air balloons, early planes in aviation history including the Bleriot XI, as well as planes from World War II and a prototype of the Concorde.
      Tip: Air and Space Museum is free with the Paris Pass.
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the magical garden of claude monet  

Charming story of a girl who thinks Monet is the gardener. Anholt’s illustrations are seamlessly interwoven with Monet’s paintings – you feel as if you’re in the water garden, “where lilies sparkle bright as stars.” (Picture book)

For older kids, illustrated biography: Who Was Claude Monet?


The Garden of Monsieur Monet
Giancarlo Ascari, Pia Valentinis

Monet and his family move to the country, to Giverny, where Monet creates both a flower and water garden. And soon he sits for hours, painting in the garden, and watching the change of light and color. Enchanting illustrations! (Picture book)


the garden of monsieur monet
linnea in monets garden  
Linnea in Monet's Garden
Christina Bjork

Not just about Claude Monet the painter, read about Impressionist painting, what grows in the garden at Giverny, and a good picnic lunch of baguette, cheese, and apple cider. (Picture book)


Asterix and the Golden Sickle
Goscinny and Uderzo

Asterix and Obelix (carrying a menhir as a present for his cousin Metallurgix) journey to Lutetia (Paris), to find new golden sickle for the old druid. Bandits, snarling wolves in the Bois de Boulogne, conniving Romans, are child's play for the invincible pair. (Picture book)


Aasterix and the Golden Sickle
The Glorious Flight  
The Glorious Flight
Alice and Martin Provensen

Before you visit the Air and Space Museum, discover family life with Louis Bleriot, who flew across the English Channel in 1909. His first flying machine, Bleriot I, flaps like a chicken, Papa Bleriot flies Bleriot V in circles, Bleriot VI ends in a slight crash, but Bleriot XI soars across the water. A sparkling story, beautifully illustrated. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other France pages)
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