Are kids from the western European nation unconventional by some standards? A new book compares.

There is nothing like seeing yourself through the eyes of a foreigner. Cross-cultural literature, at its best, offers a mirror to peer and gape at in awe or disbelief. It can also be an occasion for cheap point-scoring. It seems that Pamela Druckerman‘s latest book, French Children Don’t Throw Food, has achieved both. In championing French parenting over the “anglophone” way, she has triggered a heavy artillery backlash. Coy French parents, embarrassed by such praise, and Anglo-Saxon expats in France have been quick to retaliate. If you think the French way is great, think again, they say: you haven’t seen its dark side.

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