The Orange Trees of Versailles

Titre : The Orange Trees of Versailles
Auteur : Annie Pietri
Éditeur : Yearling
ISBN-13 : 9780307491787
Libération : 2009-04-23

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When Marion Dutilleul enters the service of the Marquise de Montespan, she never imagines that her ability to recognize scents and to blend them into perfumes will win her the favor of Louis XIV’s mistress. But the marquise quickly has the young girl creating new perfumes for her. Eager to please and hopeful that her olfactory gifts will win her recognition, Marion concocts memorable fragrances. Then, to her horror, credit is bestowed on someone else. Marion feels betrayed. Now Marion opens her eyes and ears (in addition to her nose!) and realizes that beneath the splendor of palace life is a place teeming with deceit. To survive, she must use her keen sense of smell not to create perfumes, but to thwart those who would do her—and one of France’s beloved monarchs—great harm. From the Hardcover edition.

The Knowledge Deficit

Titre : The Knowledge Deficit
Auteur : E. D. Hirsch
Éditeur : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-13 : 0547346964
Libération : 2007-04-01

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The Knowledge Deficit illuminates the real issue in education today -- without an effective curriculum, American students are losing the global education race. In this persuasive book, the esteemed education critic, activist, and best-selling author E.D. Hirsch, Jr., shows that although schools are teaching the mechanics of reading, they fail to convey the knowledge needed for the more complex and essential skill of reading comprehension. Hirsch corrects popular misconceptions about hot issues in education, such as standardized testing, and takes to task educators' claims that they are powerless to overcome class differences. Ultimately, this essential book gives parents and teachers specific tools for enhancing children's abilities to fully understand what they read.

Pauvre Blaise

Titre : Pauvre Blaise
Auteur : Comtesse De Segur
Éditeur :
ISBN-13 : 1409953564
Libération : 2009-01-01

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Sophie Rostopchine, comtesse de Segur, nee Sofia Fedorovna Rostoptchina (1799-1874), est une femme de lettres francaise de naissance russe. Le cas de la comtesse de Segur montre qu'une vocation tres tardive d'ecrivain peut etre particulierement reussie: elle a en effet ecrit son premier livre a cinquante-huit ans. Ses romans furent publies entre 1857 et 1872. On raconte que elle a commence a se consacrer a la litterature pour enfants quand elle a ecrit les contes qu'elle racontait a ses petits-enfants et qu'elle les a regroupes pour former ce qui s'appelle aujourd'hui Les Nouveaux Contes de Fees (1857). Lors d'une reception, elle lut quelques passages a Louis Veuillot pour calmer l'atmosphere qui etait devenue tendue. Ses oeuvres comprennent: Les Malheurs de Sophie (1859), Memoires d'un Ane (1860), Les Deux Nigauds (1863), Le General Dourakine (1863), Un Bon Petit Diable (1865) et Le Mauvais Genie (1867).