Besides the fact that is has Paris in the title, the knowledge of Saul Bass illustrating a children’s book is what put this one on my list. Originally released in 1962, Henri’s Walk to Paris was Saul’s only children’s book and has been out of print for decades. Finally, after years of searching for a copy, I was able to get one of my very own, thanks to a reissue this past Valentine’s Day.
If you’ve ever had a case of wanderlust this is a story you’ll appreciate. Henri thinks Rebaul, the small town where he lives in France, with its five trees and one bus, can’t possibly be as exciting and interesting as the big city of Paris. According to Henri, “There they have many parks, rows and rows of trees and thousands of buses!” and decides to pack a lunch and walk to Paris.
I won’t give away the ending, but it will make you realize, as Dorothy once famously said, “There’s no place like home.”