High School French Follow-up!

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I cannot believe I wrote this post a year ago. When I put it on Facebook, I hadn’t thought much about it. But lo and behold Mark from my high school French class (and just about every other class I had growing up) kindly contacted me to tell me he still had the books. Not only did he still have the books, but if I wanted them, those books could be mine! And so thanks to Mark, those books are now mine! They make me so happy.

Most importantly, I finally know that Mel Dietmeier is the illustrator. I still cannot get over his loose illustrations and the levity they bring to the often dull phrases of basic language learning.

I couldn’t find much about him other than that he had written and illustrated two other children’s books: Someone is Missing  and Potato. Thank you, my vintage book collection (in blog form).

I took a few more photos of some other favorite pages to share with you. Amusez-vous bien!

Too much champagne to hear the phone ring!

Too much champagne to hear the phone ring (drin…drin…)!

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She plays a mean cello!

This is the only one I’ve pictured here, but tennis appears frequently throughout these books, as if it’s the main leisure activity of France. Look at these daydreams!

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What a perfect depiction of a bad mood! (click to enlarge)

This restless night might be my favorite page, maybe because it has a little bit of Edward Gorey’s spookiness to it!

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Poor Olivier…what a catastrophe!

Thank you, Mark, for bringing these books back to my life!

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Roll the credits!

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4 comments
  1. Ashley said:

    That is too funny! One of the very few things I remember about French class in high school is the illustrations in our books… lots of memories came back from this post. {Mostly the fromage and jambon drawings ;)} Thank you!

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  2. Abigail said:

    I always loved those illustrations, too! So much fun to run into them here. And I’m glad to know who the artist was.

    Liked by 1 person

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