Henri's Walk to Paris Designed by Saul Bass

Henri's Walk to Paris Designed by Saul Bass

Heather Blaha
Apr 30, 2009
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Published in 1962, Henri's Walk to Paris, written by Leonore Klein and illustrated by Saul Bass, continues to endear with a simple message of a young boy seeking out the adventures of Paris. As with most stories, the journey proves more important than the destination. Here's a bit from the book's preface:

Like many of us Henri wants to see Paris.

In Paris, there are thousands of buses. In Reboul, where Henri lives, there is only one bus.

In Paris there are many parks and rows and rows of trees. The park in Reboul has only five trees. In Paris there are many zoos full of animals for the people to see.

So one fine day Henri packs up some lunch and starts off to see all the things he had read about.

What Henri sees we see in a flowing panorama of pictures conceived by the eminent graphic designer, Saul Bass.

And how Henri finds himself very much at home at the end of his long journey, is the amusing secret of Mrs. Klein's warm pattern story.

We think this out-of-print gem sounds like a great book for many ages. Keep tabs on secondhand book shops and eBay!

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