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Apsler, A. (1965). The sun king: Louis XIV of France. New York: J. Messner.

Apsler, A. (1973). Vive de Gaulle: The story of Charles de Gaulle. New York: J. Messner.

A biography of the Frenchman who served his country in the military during the World Wars I and II and later as President for ten years.

Cobban, A. (1965). The history of modern France (Vols. 1-3). New York: Brazlier.

Cuneo, J.R. (1969). Benjamin Franklin, ingenious diplomat. New York: McGraw-Hill.

A biography of the diplomat whose skillful negotiations brought France to the aid of the colonies in the Revolutionary War.

Epstein, S. & Epstein, B. (1973). Charles de Gaulle, defender of France. Champaign, IL: Garrard Publishing.

The life of the French soldier, liberator, and statesman, stressing the events and political maneuvering during his career as President of the Republic.

Jakes, J. (1968). Great war correspondents. New York: Putnam.

Brief biographies of famous journalists that focus on well known incidents in their careers. Includes Quentin Renolds’ work in France

Kielty, B. (1955). Marie Antoinette. New York: Random House.

The life story of Marie Antoinette, beautiful queen of France, is the story of the French Revolution and its significance as a landmark in world history.

Mason, M.E. (1962). John Audubon, boy naturalist. Indianapolis: Dobbs-Merrill.

The biography tells of John Audubon’s boyhood in his native Haiti and in France. He was always greatly interested in birds. Afte his family settled in America and he married an American girl, he gave up some unsuccessful business ventures to travel all over America, studying birds and painting pictures of them. Includes glossary and bibliography.

Syme, R. (1952). Champlain of the St. Lawrence. New York: Morrow.

Syme, R. (1969). Frontenac of New France. New York: Morrow.

Biography of the governor of the seventeenth-century New France and a history of the territory he governed, relating how he welded an isolated people into a united colony capable of self-defense.

Syme, R. (1953). LaSalle of the Mississippi. New York: Morrow.

Tappan, E.M. (1920). Hero stories of France. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Vance, M. (1967). Dark eminence: Catherine de Medici and her children. New York: Dutton.

Story of Catherine de Medici, queen and consort of Henry II, King of France.

Wojciechowska, Mi. (1972). Till the break of day. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich.

Memoirs of the author’s adolescence during World War II, when her family escaped from Poland to temporary haven in France, Portugal, England, and finally the United States.


Bemelmans, L. (1960). Madeline. New York: Viking Press.

Bemelmans, L. (1957). Madeline and the bad hat. New York: Viking Press.

When the Spanish Ambassador moves in next door, Madeline and the rest of the twelve little girls discover that his son is not the best neighbor.

Bemelmans, L. (1959). Madeline and the gypsies. New York: Viking Press.

Bemelmans, L. (1961). Madeline in London. New York: Viking Press.

When the Ambassador moves to London, the twelve little girls go to visit his son. Madeline has an adventure on a horse, and the horse returns to Paris with the girls.

Bemelmans, L. (1978). Madeline’s rescue. New York: Puffin Books.

A hound rescues a schoolgirl from the Seine, becomes a beloved school pet, is chased away by the trustees, and returns with a surprise.

Boning, R.A., (1975). A soldier girl. Baldwin, NY: Dexter & Westbook.

A fourteen-year-old French girl leads a small band defending a fort against an Iroquois attack in New France, October 1692.

Butler, S. (1965). Starlight in Tourrone. Boston: Little, Brown.

Unexpected visitors help six children in a little Provencal village to reinstate the Christmas March, a custom that had been abandoned because of the poverty of the villagers.

Cameron, E. (1973). The court of the stone children. New York: Dutton.

Aided by the journal of a young women who lived in nineteenth-century France, Nia solves a murder mystery dormant since the time of Napoleon.

Carlson, N.S. (1959). A brother for the orphelines. New York: Harper.

When a baby is left in the orphanage’s breadbasket, all the little girls hope to keep it, even though it is a boy and should be in the boy’s home.

Carlson, N.S. (1958). The family under the bridge. New York: Harper.

An old tramp, adopted by three fatherless children when their mother hides them under a bridge on the Seine, finds a home for mother and children and a job for himself.

Carlson, N.S. (1957). The happy orpheline. New York: Harper.

When girls of the French orphanage visit the dog cemetery, Brigitte gets left behind and has an adventure with a woman whose husband is a pretender to the French throne.

Carlson, N.S. (1967). Luigi of the streets. New York: Harper & Row.

Pictures of the colorful life of the port city of Marseille in the story of a French lad’s fears that a curse has been put upon his family and has caused his sister’s legs to become paralyzed.

Carlson, N.S. (1964). The Orphelines in the enchanted castle. New York: Harper & Row.

The twelve orphelines come to live in their new orphanage, an old castle, where with thirty boy orphans they become overimaginative princesses and knights.

Clark, E. (1960). The song of Roland. New York: Random House.

Presents a story of the legendary character of Roland, a hero of medieval France.

Dickens, C. (1976). A tale of two cities. New York: D. McKay.

Relates the adventures of a young Englishman who gives his life during the French Revolution to save the husband of the woman he loves. Illustrated with drawings and maps of the period.

Doherty, B. (1988). Granny was a buffer girl. New York: Orchard Books.

The night before Jess goes off to France for a university year abroad, her parents and grandparents gather to celebrate and share the stories of their lives.

de Laclos, C. (1958). Dangerous liaisons. Paris: Garnier.

Dumas, A. (1960). The count of Monte Cristo. London: A&C Black.

Dumas, A. (1962). The three musketeers. New York: MacMillan.

A story loosely based on events involving Cardinal Richelieu, Louis XIII, and Queen Anne, in which the Cardinal tries to outlaw dueling.

Dumas, A. (1964). The man in the iron mask. New York: Heritage Press

Goode, D. (1996). Mama’s perfect present. New York: Dutton Children’s Press.

Two children have some problems when they take their dog along as they search through the streets of Paris for just the right present for their mother’s birthday.

Hugo, V. (1925). Les mis rables. Boston: Guinn.

Liebow, G. (1976). Pierre and the challenge: A French family story. New York: McGraw-Hill.

A ten-year-old French boy learns the meanings of tradition and responsibility.

Manning-Sanders, R. (1968). A book of mermaids. New York: Dutton.

Sixteen tales of sea maids and mermen from the folklore of many coastal countries. Includes a story from Wales about a mermaid who walked on water and a story from France about a mermaid without a tail.

Nascimbine, Y. (1995). Day in September. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.

The lives of two isolated children, a wealthy young boy from Paris and the poor daughter of Mexican migrant workers, intersect at a baseball game in California with lasting results.

Peyrouton de Ladebat, M. (1980). The village that slept. (T. Niklaus Trans.). Goston: Gregg Press.

Two youngsters find themselves stranded with an infant near a deserted village high on a desolate mountain.

Roth-Hano, R. (1988). Touch wood: A girlhood in occupied France. New York: Four Winds Press.

In this autobiographical novel set in Nazi-occupied France, Rene, a young Jewish girl, and her family flee their home in Alsace and live an precarious existence in Paris until Rene and her sister escape to the shelter of a convent in Normandy.

Sayers, D. (1957). The songs of Roland. New York: Penguin/Viking.

The medieval epic poem about French knights on crusade.

Stendahl. (1981). The red and the black. New York: Signet Classics.

A novel about a young man’s attempt to rise amid social conflicts in early nineteenth century France.

Skurzynski, G. (1988). The minstrel in the tower. New York: Random House.

In the year 1195, eleven-year-old Roger and his eight-year-old sister, Alice, travel through the French countryside in search of their ailing mother’s estranged brother, a wealthy Barron.

Fine Art

Antoine, Versailles. (1994). Picasso: A day in his studio. (J. Goodman Trans.). New York: Chelsea House.

Loumaye, J. (1994). Degas: The painted gesture. (J. Goodman, Trans.). New York: Chelsea House.

Raboff, E.L. (1988). Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. New York: Lippincott.

A brief biography of the French painter accompanies fifteen color reproductions and critical interpretations of his work.

Raboff, E.L. (1988). Henri Matisse. New York: Lippioncott.

A brief biography of the modern French artist accompanies reproductions and analysis of several of his works.

Raboff, E.L. (1970). Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

A brief biography of the artist accompanies color reproductions and analyses of fifteen of his works.

Turner, R. (1991). Rosa Bonheur. Boston: Little, Brown.

A biography of one of the world’s greatest female artists.

Venezia, M. (1989). Monet. Chicago: Children’s Press.

Traces the life of the Impressionist painter and analyzes some of his paintings.

Venezi, M. (1988). Picasso. Chicago: Children’s Press.

Briefly examines the life and work of the renowned twentieth-century artist, describing and giving examples from his various periods or styles.

History and Geography

Balerdi, S. (1984). France, the crossroads of Europe. Minneapolis MN: Dillon Press.

Discusses France’s history and geography, languages, foods, folklore, holiday traditions, family and school life, sports and games, in addition to examining that country’s contribution to American life.

Bernheim, M. & Bernheim, E. (1970). African success story: the Ivory Coast. New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World.

Discusses the successful political and economic development of the Ivory Coast since it gained independence from France in 1960.

Corzine, P. (1995). The French Revolution. San Diego: Lucent Books.

Dank, M. (1984). D-Day. New York: F. Watts.

Traces the events of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of German-occupied France from the beaches of Normandy, which took place on June 6, 1944.

Fisher, L.E. (1985). The statue of liberty. New York: Holiday House.

Recounts the history of one of the largest monuments in the world, including how it was executed in France, shipped to America, and erected in New York Harbor.

Cavendish, M. (1991). The French Revolution: Marie Antoinette, Lord Nelson, Napoleon Bonaparte. New York:

Explores the period of the French Revolution through the eyes of Marie Antoinette, Lord Nelson and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Lace, W.W. (1994). The hundred years’ war. San Diego: Lucent Books.

Describes the conflict between France and England known as the Hundred Years’ War and explains how its results were felt everywhere in Europe.

Miller, E. (1964). The golden spur. Holt, Rinehart, & Winston.

Presents a story of the French Revolution.

Moss, P. (1986). France. Chicago: Children’s Press.

An introduction to the history, geography, climate, government, economy, industries, culture, and major cities of France.

Robbins, A. (1981). Coming to America, immigrants from Northern Europe. New York: Delacorte Press.

Discusses the experiences of immigrants from France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia to the United States. Includes a chronology of U.S. immigration laws.

Cornealia, S. (1960). The song in the streets: A brief history of the French Revolution. New York: John Day.

Briefly describes the conditions that prompted the French Revolution in terms of what it has meant to history.

Turnis, J.R. (1962). Silence over Dunkerque. New York: Morrow.

Presents the story of the Battle of Dunkerque (France) of 1940.

Wilkinson, B. (1965). The Helmet of Navarre. New York: MacMillan.

Presents the story of Henry IV, King of France.

Windrow, M. (1985). The medieval knight. London: France. Watts.

Examines the day-to-day life and experiences of a typical soldier during the middle ages in England and France. Includes a glossary of terms and a brief chronology of major military events from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries.

Travel and Description

Brodin, P. (1973). France. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

An overview of modern day France, emphasizing its roots in the past.

Gartler, M. (1962). Understanding France. River Forest, IL:Laidlaw Brothers.

Geis, D. (1964). Let’s travel in France. Chicago: Children’s Press.

Gidal, S. (1965). My village in France. New York: Pantheon Books.

A boy tells about life in the small old village in southern France where his father is a farmer, describing the villagers, his family, a Sunday motorcycle trip across the countryside and a visit to Avignon.

Smith, I. (1961). Paris. Chicago: Rand McNally.

Sommerville, L. (1989). First book of France. New York: EDC.

Wallace, J.A. (1962). Getting to know France. New York: Coward -McCann.

Reference/Teaching Assistance

Cole, A. (1978). Children are children are children: An activity approach to exploring Brazil, France, Iran, Japan, Nigeria, and the U.S.S.R. Boston: Little, Brown.

Describes the life and customs of Brazil, France, Iran, Nigeria, Japan, and the Soviet Union with suggestions for related activities and projects.

Encyclopedia of World Geography, Versailles. 8: France. (1994). New York: Marshall Cavendish.


Additional Resources

Splendors of Versailles: Student Supplement printed by Jitney Jungle, 1997.

Natchez Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. Phone: 1-800-647-6724.

Grand Village of the Natchez. Address: 400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard, Natchez, MS 39120. Phone: 601-446-6502

Mississippi State Department of Archives and History. Address: Box 57, Jackson, MS 39205-0571.

Versailles 1685: A game of intrigue at the court of Louis XIV. (1996). [CD-ROM]. Reunion des Musées Nationaux, Canal+ Multimedia, and Cryo-Interactive Entertainment.

The year is 1685, and Louis XIV rules the kingdom of France from a magnificent palace called Versailles. But something is not right, someone wants to destroy Versailles, and you must stop that person. Explore every corner, find the clues and unlock the mysteries of the court as you strive to save the palace at sundown. From the facinating men and women you will meet, to the rooms and artworks you will marvel at, Versailles 1685 will let you see, hear and interact with a world you thought was lost forever.

Features a stunning recreation of Versailles in 3D just as it was in 1685, over 200 paintings available for close scrutiny, maps and other documents, soundtrack of 40 minutes of Baroque music and over 30 characters modeled in 3D from period portraits.

To preview the CD-ROM or to get ordering information, see the following web site:



The following movies may give students a greater understanding of the history and culture of France.

Kindergarten - Grade 6

Beauty and the Beast (Disney animated version)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney animated version)

Count of Monte Cristo (animated version)

Grade 7 - High School

Three Musketeers (1974) - PG Rating

Man in the Iron Mask - not rated

Count of Monte Cristo (1974) - not rated

Cyrano de Bergerac (1991) - foreign subtitles - PG

Return of Martin Guerre - foreign subtitles - not rated


An Interact simulation: Louis XVI: A re-creation of his 1792 trial for treason.
Interact, 1825 Gillespie Way #101, El Cajon, CA 92020-1095.
Phone: 1-800-359-0961.

Versailles References


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Ashley, M. (1946). Louis XIV and the greatness of France. London: English University Press. LTD.

Babelon, J.P., Thierry, B., Constans, C., Pougetoux, A., & Salmon, X. (1996). The palace of Versailles from a to z. (J. Wood & V. Wood, Trans.). Paris: Falmmarion.

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