Let’s Learn French: Judy Martialay
Bonjour les amis! Je m’ appelle Fran. Ca va? You might be wondering why I am writing my review in both English and French. That is because you are about to go to France with our guide Pete the Pilot and along with me learn to parlez vous in francais.
Pete the pilot is going to take all of us to France and our first stop is la plage (the beach). Fasten your seat belts and everyone remember to say Au revoir to anyone not coming with us on the tour. (Au revoir means good-bye). Welcome to La Plage and let’s meet Arelette, Marie and Jacques who are creating something that I loved making as a kid, le chateau (a sand castle.) But each castle had to have towers and toy soldiers to guard it and let’s not forget a boat (un bateau) you can see it in the water from a distance. Can you picture le chateau with the French flag on it: Bleu, Blanc, rouge, do you know that these colors are? Next like every castle it needs un roi ( a king). They showed Maman and Papa le chateau but it was time for les enfants to go home for dinner.
While they were eating La soupe a l’oignon, something happened to ruin their castle. The chateau, the flag, the towers, the soldiers and the bridge were victim to le chien, the chat or the dog and cat that did not see the castle. Mon Dieu!
So, what do you think they did when they saw the snail and realized what happened to their chateau? Friends working together and a roi in place as Le Roi Louis thanks the children for their help and support and wait until you see what they created.
The second half of this book teacher’s French phrases and simple words like Un velo (bicycle) Un ballon (a ball) and even Un drapeau (A flag). The third section is title Ou est: Where is….? I learned some new words and some others that refreshed my memory when I too learned beginning French. Relearning the colors was my favorite: Bleu is blue, blanc is white, rouge is red and vert is green. If you want to learn yellow, black, orange and purpose read page 17 and learn more.
The next section focuses on color and art and for those of us that want to refer to the days of the week in French try learning them on page 19. You learn phrases like C’est la vie! Merci Beaucoup and more.
A cute little skit or play teaching children phrases in order to have a simple conversation and I relearned some words like Pourquoi? Meaning Why? or Tres Bien: Ok and of course Monsiur ou Madame.
Learning about the country and the language and the culture in the Coin de Culture section and more about Les Plages: France has many beaches because of its coastlines along the English Chanel, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Le Roi Louis the kings are talked about and the French word for queen is reine. Get your little flute or piano keyboard and play the song that the author shared and sing along. I did. How would you like to create your own Impressionist picture learn when you read page 27 and 28. The rest of the tour you need to take on your own and learning how to draw with pastels you won’t believe what I learned how to do! I can now draw une banane, une fleur, des fruits and un bateau but I’m going to try and perfect them some more. The author includes a vocabulary section titled Les Mots where you and I can practice all of the words that we learned on our grip to the beach, how to greet people when we arrive and more words for each section. This is a great resource to teach beginning French, to learn some phrases when you visit the country and understand the beauty of the French language. Teachers, parents, students, everyone learn to Speak French! C’est Facile! amuse-toi!
Judy Martialay you have created a great book and for you I give this book: cinq étoiles d’or
Fran Lewis: juste examen/just reviews