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Monsieur Marceau : Actor Without Words

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by Leda Schubert (Author), Gerard DuBois (Illustrator)

World’s most famous Mime

Marcel Marceau grew up watching films. Of all the movies, he loved watching Charlie Chaplin, the star of silent movies. And Marcel wanted very much to be like him. When Marcel was very young, he mimed in front of his friends and  made them laugh. After the war, Marcel studied mime. He was only 24 years old when he created Bip the Clown.

Marcel Marceau

Bip,  sad eyed and red lipped, was full of adventure and always got into trouble.

Marcel Marceau Red Carnation

Bip moved as if “made of rubber, as if he had no bones”.  Bip “chased butterflies without a net”. Bip “walked against the wind, when there was no wind”.

Monsieur Marceau on stage

Bip became everyone’s favorite character. And Marcel became instantly famous. He won countless awards and prizes for his performances. He went on to perform on stages all over the world. Audiences from US to Australia and from South America to Japan all understood his language because “Neither laughter no tears are French, English, Russian or Japanese.”

Marcel in Person

Leda Schubert’s book is an excellent dedication to the world’s most famous mime. Marcel Marceau entertained audiences for over fifty years. This picture book biography is complete with hauntingly beautiful oil colored images by Gerard DuBois. At the end of the book, Leda includes activities for children to practice mime. A brilliant book about “an actor without words”!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


16 comments

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  1. WOW, those illustrations are gorgeous! I love biographical children’s books, and I’ve never seen one about Marcel Marceau before. I can’t wait to pick up a copy!
    Thank you for sharing this with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for leaving a comment Katie. You are right! The book got the Orbis Pictus Award this year. Kids loved this book about Marcel. I am so glad they made such a beautiful book in his memory. It really is a wonderful read.

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  2. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing. My brother and I would pretend we were mimes when we were little. We would have loved this!!

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    • reshamad

      That must have been fun Pamela! DD and I are trying out Miming ourselves now

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  3. bamauthor

    Marcel Marceau has always been a favorite of mine. What a great idea for a book. Children will love his life story, these pictures are gorgeous and having mime activities at the end just puts the icing on the cake. Thanks for purring this book up!

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    • reshamad

      I too remember Marcel from my childhood, so finding this book was such a treasure!

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  4. Those illustrations are amazing! They seem so perfect for representing who he was. Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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    • reshamad

      I agree Renee. The book is very well done. Hope you get to read it

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  5. Thanks for introducing this gorgeous book. I’m going to have to track it down and introduce it to my students.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for visiting! And that is exactly what I was planning on doing myself DO let us know how the students liked it.

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  6. sibelhodge

    Hi, I’m stopping by as part of the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Thanks so much for sharing this book – it looks fantastic

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  7. Thanks for joining in today’s Nonfiction Monday roundup. All of today’s contributors will be featured in a wrap-up post tomorrow morning.

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  8. This has been on my To Read list for ages, and this post has convinced me to move it to the tip-top straightaway. Thanks!

    Loree Griffin Burns
    http://www.loreeburns.com

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    • reshamad

      I hope you get to read it soon Loree! So far we have renewed it many times and it looks like its time to buy it permanently :))

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  9. Thanks for the comment on my vacation photos. I wanted to check out your site too. I saw this book right off. My mom took me to see Marcel Marceau when I was a kid. I loved it. Beautiful work!
    I also see that you list where you found some of the books. This site may be of interest to you if you haven’t already seen it… http://whatshouldireadnext.com/index.php Enter a book you like and the site will analyze their database of readers’ favorites to provide recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.
    I went on and typed in a few authors and it seemed really cool.
    Anyway, thanks again! Have an awesome Thursday!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Debi. And for such a sweet comment. I too remember Marcel from when i was young but never had the opportunity to see him live. Thanks to this wonderful book, I am now able to share his story with DD.

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