A sunny picture of children's experiences in different parts of France, with lots of country life, in the 1970s. Reminds me of my relatives who live in a farmhouse in Germany, but I've never seen anything like it in the US. The description of life in Paris isn't like anywhere I've lived either. The book is written in simplified language, but even if the words aren't memorable, some of the details mentioned are. The author doesn't always avoid stereotypes, especially in the chapter on minorities.