Henri’s Walk to Paris | Leonore Klein / Saul Bass (1962)

The story of a young boy who lives in Reboul, France, who dreams of going to Paris.

One day, after reading a book about Paris, he decides to pack a lunch and head for the city.

“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.”

Along the way, Henri gets tired and falls asleep under a tree. And this is when the story gets really charming.

"During his journey, he stops for a rest, and inadvertently gets turned around, resulting
in a clever ending that will leave kids chuckling and thinking about the true value of home.''

''Beginning with the cover, showing Henri's stepping shoes, the story's sense of motion is creatively conveyed through the visuals."

School Library Journal

Text: Leonore Klein, Illustrations: Saul Bass

Leonore Klein wrote the children’s books: What Would You Do If . . . (1956), Mud, Mud, Mud (1962), Brave Daniel (1966), and Only One Ant (1971), among many others.
Besides writing books for children, Klein was a librarian in New York.

Saul Bass (1920–1996) was a celebrated American graphic designer and filmmaker, but he is best known for his design on animated motion-picture title sequences. 


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