Meet Cecile Book 2

Paperback | September 12, 2011

byDenise Patrick

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Cécile Rey can't wait for Mardi Gras - the dazzling season of parties and costume balls in New Orleans. For the grandest event of all, the Children's Ball, Cécile is determined to come up with a fantastic costume like no other. Everyone will notice her! And after Mardi Gras, Cécile's beloved brother, Armand, will finally come home after two long years in faraway France. But Mardi Gras season turns out to be even more exciting than Cécile expects when she meets a new girl named Marie-Grace Gardner. Together they form an unlikely friendship - and share a daring adventure! Includes an illustrated "Looking Back" essay about the history of free people of color in New Orleans. The story continues in the third book in the series, Marie-Grace and the Orphans.

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Cécile Rey can't wait for Mardi Gras - the dazzling season of parties and costume balls in New Orleans. For the grandest event of all, the Children's Ball, Cécile is determined to come up with a fantastic costume like no other. Everyone will notice her! And after Mardi Gras, Cécile's beloved brother, Armand, will finally come home afte...

Denise Lewis Patrick was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She received a degree in journalism from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1977. She has been both a writer and editor in various areas of the publishing industry, particularly for children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8.27 × 6.42 × 0.31 inPublished:September 12, 2011Publisher:American Girl Publishing IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1593696612

ISBN - 13:9781593696610

Customer Reviews of Meet Cecile Book 2


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meet Cecille I love the story of Marie Grace and Cecile. The history lesson in the back of the book is amazing.
Date published: 2015-10-22
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good I learned a lot about New Orleans in that time period. It is a good series.
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cecile Cecile meets Marie-Grace, and they become close friends. They even attend Mardi Gras together.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy These books are amazing and teaches you even in hard times you will get through it
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from History and Culture Lessons Cecile is a relatable heroine who teaches girls about New Orleans history and culture in this book. It is a good read if you like Marie-Grace and Cecile, but if you are not so much or are just looking to get a taste of their story Meet Marie-Grace is a better choice.
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Educational Book This book is so educational and I think that American Girl is doing a great disservice by retiring Cecile. Cecile represents a great part of African American history BESIDES the slavery history. She really shows that African Americans aren't just marked with slavery in their past, many of them were well off and made good lives and some of them were wealthier than a lot of white people. Pick up this book, it won't disappoint!
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Educational Every time I read the Historical Doll's stories, it is like a refresher course in history. This group of books taught me things I didn't know in the first place.
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE STORYLINE IS SO ACCURATE I am from New Orleans. And every detail that is described in the storyline of Cecile and Marie-Grace is very spot-on. I am so impressed with how much the author got in tune with the rich culture of New Orleans, in order to write this set. I am 36 years old and I cannot put the books down.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great story! I found Cécile's first book far more interesting than Marie-Grace's, even though it included a few scenes that were literally exactly the same but told from her perspective rather than Marie-Grace's. That was really disappointing to discover, but the additional story was really fantastic! Cécile's family represents a population that a lot of people don't know much about - free people of color living in a society that's still segregated, and still supports and relies heavily upon slavery. Her story is much more interesting because it touches on these issues, and educates people who might otherwise not know much about the history of people like her and her family. Unfortunately, the illustrations are still intensely disappointing. I've come to expect a lot better from AG, and when you compare these to something like Caroline's or Felicity's or Addy's, they really just look sloppy and unprofessional. To make matters worse, there are a few images that are just different crops of the same pictures already found in Meet Marie-Grace and Marie-Grace and the Orphans! That just seems incredibly lazy, and I was very disappointed.
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story My toddler and I have been reading the Marie Grace and Cecile books for bedtime and we both love them. This series reminds me of the stories of the original girls. Very educational and entertaining at the same time.
Date published: 2013-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, but not one of AG's best Cecile's first book has some good educational value and a good story, but the storyline can be a little boring and it lacks the usual excitement of the other characters' stories. After reading most of the AG historical dolls' books, Meet Cecile was not one of my favorites, although it was still okay. I would still recommend it to anyone who is interested about New Orleans or Cecile's time period. B.
Date published: 2013-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great AG character! My daughter loves the AG books. Each one of the historical books has a great story and does a wonderful job introducing the girl to young readers. Well done AG!
Date published: 2013-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I really liked how this book is from Cecile's point of view! Highly recommend!
Date published: 2013-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good introduction to Cecile This book is from Cecile's perspective. I liked reading about her family and how life was in New Orleans in 1853. Some of the book is a little repetitive if you've read "Meet Marie-Grace" but it's still great to read from Cecile's point-of-view. One of my favorite scenes is when Cecile meets Marie-Grace for the first time.
Date published: 2012-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A friendship story This book is a wonderful introduction to Cecile's character, and a good story about friendship.
Date published: 2012-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yes! This book overlaps the first one from Cecile's point of view! This is great! Totally new concept for American Girl! Love it. And it also keeps you wanting to read more, since it sorta ends on a cliffhanger. The illustrations just get progressively worse.
Date published: 2012-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating for Me, Repetitive for my Daughter I consider myself fairly knowledgeable in history, but I had no idea that there was group of well-to-do educated African Americans living in New Orleans in the nineteenth century. I’m so glad that American Girl decided to write about them. Cecile is such a great role model for girls. Brave, adventurous and kind, she knows her own mind and isn’t going to bend to societies expectations if goes against what she thinks is important. In this book Cecile steps out from her secure world and sees some of the prejudice that exists out there, but then befriends Marie-Grace and learns that there are far more similarities between their cultures than differences. She deals with petty jealousies and learns to move past it. However, this book repeats the same general plot at “Meet Marie-Grace” and even repeats scenes. When I read it to my daughter she kept saying, “I know this part already,” getting bored and frustrated. She’s young but I think even 8 year-olds are young to appreciate same plot- multiple point of views. It also doesn’t help that there are fewer illustrations compared to other AG historical and that they repeat as well. I still recommend this book because of the educational value.
Date published: 2012-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book Meet Cecile is a very nice book. The illustraions are amazing and look so real, and I love the history section at the very end. I deffinitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2011-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Illustrations Meet Cecile is a wonderful book. The illustrations are phenomnal! They are the best illustrations in the series. Cecile learns about true friendship, when she meets Marie-Grace Gardner, a girl who is opposite in every day, and the only common intrest they have is a love for music. They encounter an intresting adventure at a charity masquerade ball, when Cecile decides to switch it up. Cecile is excitied that her big brother is coming home, but he shares a big secret with her, that every second she feels she will burst. My daughter and I loved this book! I would highly recomend it!
Date published: 2011-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is amazing! It is very educational and the illustrations are beautiful. However, most of the story just repeats Meet Marie-Grace, even some of the dialogue and one illustration. Therefore, if you have already read Meet Marie Grace, you might get a little bored. Overall though, the book is excellent and inspirational. Good job, AG!
Date published: 2011-09-25