Bringing Up Bebe Why don't French children throw tantrums in restaurants? That's the question that gave birth to this hot new book, a study of French parenting by… Bringing Up Bebe Why don't French children throw tantrums in restaurants? That's the question that gave birth to this hot new book, a study of French parenting by… 2012-02-07 Nonfiction Penguin
Book Review

Bringing Up Bébé (2012)

C'EST MOI BÈBÈ An American raising her kids in Paris, Druckerman maintains a one-sided view of Parisian society to base her parenting conclusions
C'EST MOI BÈBÈ An American raising her kids in Paris, Druckerman maintains a one-sided view of Parisian society to base her parenting conclusions
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 07, 2012; Writer: Pamela Druckerman; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Penguin

Why don't French children throw tantrums in restaurants? That's the question that gave birth to this hot new book, a study of French parenting by Pamela Druckerman, an American raising kids in Paris. Bringing Up Bébé is a fun read (ooh là là French tots eat meals in courses!), but Druckerman seems to draw all her anecdotal evidence from a mere handful of upper-middle-class Parisians. She's also too seduced by clichés to fully win over this mother of a bicultural bébé. My French husband never rushed me to slim down post-pregnancy, as the bedroom-eyed Frenchmen in her book do. And non, it's not just because we live in New York. B

Originally posted Feb 08, 2012 Published in issue #1194 Feb 17, 2012 Order article reprints