Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Renee Beauregard Lute
Publisher: Calico Chapter Books
When Winicker’s mother accepts a job in a new country and their family moves to France, everything is different. Winicker misses her friends and her school back in Massachusetts. However, with some encouragement from her parents and grandmother, Winicker begins to see the silver lining. Winicker's grandma buys her a crepe and a scarf, and she’s finally beginning to enjoy Paris when she gets lost! Luckily her new friend Maribel helps her find her way back to her family and realize her new city can feel like home too.
Winicker Wallace is as endearing as she is relatable and will quickly catch the attention of preschool- to primary-aged children. Despite her less-than-stellar attitude, Winicker comes around and models positive relationships with family and friends. She still writes letters to her old friend in Massachusetts while building new relationships in Paris. This would be a great book to share with a child going through a change and experiencing something new, or a child who is beginning to enjoy short chapter books. The language is simple enough to be comprehended by younger children, while the pace keeps their attention.