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Monday 9 October 2017
by  Natha
popularity : 39%

When I bought this book, my then 16-year old son read it and burst out laughing! It appealed to his sense of humour and the pupils’ I have read it too so am confident you will love it too!

Language of text: French
Type of text: picture book
Author or source: Mario Ramos
Intended age of students: Key Stage 1/2/3
Source reference: 9782211077835

This is the perfect book to have fun with your pupils at any age! As early as on the 1st reading, as soon as you have introduce the phrases, the children will be able to join in with "Oh! Dommage! Bien essayé quand même. Bravo...!" on every other page. On second reading, they will be able to add the name of the animal in French and on third reading they will want to say the onomatopoeia. So apart from the twist in the last couple of pages... the children will in effect be telling the story!

This is a really fun story to tell and have the children take part in; they will love it! The repeated phrase ("Oh! Dommage! Bien essayé quand même. Bravo...!") will very naturally become part of your standard classroom phrases and could come in very handy in many circumstances.

The children will remember the different onomatopoeia and names of animals after joining in with: "Oh! Dommage! Bien essayé quand même. Bravo...!" on every other page!
They could rewrite the story with their own animals and their own onomatopoeia.

Topics or themes:
animals; phrases for classroom use

Preposition "sur"; the superlative

How much time required:

1-2 lessons


You can exploit the story further thanks to the resources here and here.

You can buy the book here at Little Linguist

If you like this story, you will also love this other one by Mario Ramos; also find out more about the author in that blog. If you are looking to do a whole project on Mario Ramos stories, you will love this document!


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