Bringing Up BÉbÉ by Pamela Druckerman

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22 Critic Reviews

Facts reported in Druckerman’s book sometimes get in her way.
-NY Times

Synopsis

The runaway New York Times bestseller that shows American parents the secrets behind France's amazingly well-behaved children

 

When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn't aspire to become a "French parent." But she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They ate braised leeks. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious, and creative. Why? How?

          
With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman set out to investigate—and wound up sparking a national debate on parenting. Researched over three years and written in her warm, funny voice, Bringing Up Bébé is deeply wise, charmingly told, and destined to become a classic resource for American parents.

 

About Pamela Druckerman

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PAMELA DRUCKERMAN is a former staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered foreign affairs. She has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Marie Claire, and appeared on The Today Show and NPR's Morning Edition. Her previous book, Lust in Translation, was translated into eight languages. She has a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia. She lives in Paris.
 
Published September 30, 2014 by Penguin Books. 433 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Bringing Up BÉbÉ
All: 22 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 9

Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 01 2012

The author is a delightfully droll storyteller with an effortless gift of gab that translates well to the page.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Elaine Sciolino on Feb 24 2012

Facts reported in Druckerman’s book sometimes get in her way.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Susannah Meadows on Feb 07 2012

Much of the so-called French child rearing wisdom compiled here is obvious.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Michele Hanson on Jan 13 2012

The result is this self-deprecating, witty, informative but slightly ambivalent bringing-up-baby book.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Nov 28 2011

. . .ever engaging and lively to read.

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Wall Street Journal

Below average
Reviewed by Claire McHugh on Feb 07 2012

. . .the reader may wonder if the wisdom is really so smart.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Marcela Valdes on Feb 01 2012

Druckerman provides fascinating details about French sleep training, feeding schedules and family rituals. But her book's real pleasures spring from her funny, self-deprecating stories.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Laurie Hertzel on Feb 10 2012

Druckerman neither sneers at nor fawns over the French way, but approaches the topic with high interest, prodding the advice with the curiosity of a great journalist, then writing it all down with the humor and detail of a great storyteller.

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The Economist

Below average
Jan 21 2012

Ms Druckerman’s France is a particularly narrow slice of bourgeois Paris.

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Slate

Below average
Reviewed by Rachel Larimore on Feb 14 2012

Druckerman over-generalizes in describing “hyperparenting” as the definitive American parenting style.

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The Daily Beast

Excellent
Reviewed by Rebecca Dana on Feb 06 2012

. . .the only thing more satisfying than admiring the French is hating them. Bébé offers opportunities for both.

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Forbes

Below average
Reviewed by Erika Ekiel on Mar 07 2012

Instead of capitalism and individualism, the book is filled with examples of children absorbing socialism.

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Chicago Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Meghan Daum on Feb 10 2012

So while "Bringing Up Bebe" may wind up a hit, it's unlikely to be a sensation of Tiger Mom proportions.

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Chicago Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Nara Schoenberg on Feb 28 2012

She makes a compelling case that the French emphasis on good manners, structure and balance produces happier, higher-functioning families.

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BuffaloNews.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Charity Vogel on Mar 03 2012

. . .parents of children who mind quite admirably well and know they are not the be-all, end-all of the universe, will read it in quiet understanding, and smile.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Susan Salter on Feb 25 2012

Okay! I get it! The French are better than us in every way! We suck at motherhood!

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The Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by John Edwards on Feb 03 2012

Druckerman’s observations seem quite reasonable and appealing to me. . .

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The Baltimore Sun

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Reimer on Feb 09 2012

A new American mother might find much to learn from Druckerman's observations of the French family. . .

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Excellent
Reviewed by John Allison on Feb 08 2012

Ms. Druckerman, meanwhile, is easy to like as she relays her insights with stylish humor.

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Christianity Today

Below average
Reviewed by Leslie Fields on Mar 06 2012

The style is annoyingly chatty, the evidence for both her allegations and her adulation largely anecdotal.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Amy Graff

. . .she reveals her findings in this enjoyable read that’s both funny and thoughtful.

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Today's Moms (MSNBC)

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Maizes on Feb 07 2012

. . .an enjoyable and thoughtful read that researches and explains thoroughly why she believes the French have something valuable to say about parenting.

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