Author Introduces Children to French Cuisine, Words

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Alice Agoos releases illustrated bilingual book, ‘Marie is Talking’

Mr. and Mrs. LeBlanc are alarmed when their baby’s first words aren’t the typical “Mama” and “Daddy,” but instead are words for French foods, like “le croissant.” Their concern prompts them to seek advice from baby Marie’s grandparents and pediatrician in the new bilingual children’s book by Alice Agoos, “Marie is Talking: Say ‘Bonjour’ Marie” (published by AuthorHouse).

The story unfolds through the author’s own colorful illustrations that give readers a child’s glimpse into the events, but with details and jokes to please adults as well. About the art, Agoos says, “They are not polished, but they draw smiles.”

Each page highlights French cuisine vocabulary that exposes children to a second language. “The bilingual aspect of the book is different,” Agoos explains. “This is not a full-fledged French vocabulary book, but children (and their parents) could learn a few French words while reading the book.”

An excerpt from “Marie is Talking”:
The grandparents looked at Marie as if she were a baby from the moon. Marie’s grandfather could see how worried her parents were. He tried to reassure them. “In any case,” said the grandfather, “Marie has very good taste in food.”

“Marie is Talking”
By Alice Agoos
Hardcover | 8.5 x 8.5in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781504979115
Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781504977074
E-Book | 28 pages | ISBN 9781504977081
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Alice Agoos has a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Brown University and a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University. She worked for over 30 years as a journalist and periodically taught remedial writing and journalism at several colleges. She also illustrates cards and short stories. Agoos and her husband split time between Miami and New York. They have two grown children who learned to speak at age-appropriate times, even though both struggled to get a word in edgewise in their loquacious household. More information is available at

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