Où est mon chat?

Où est mon chat?

I was recently asked if I had used this book in the past and how... I had not, even though I owned it, so I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog on it before the summer term when we may want to talk about Paris!

Click here to watch a 2-minute video of me showing you a couple of pages in this lovely book.

Language of text: French
Type of text: picture book
Author or source: Princess Camcam, ABC Melody
Intended age of students: Key Stage 2/3
Source reference: 9782916947624

This is the story of a girl looking for her cat around Paris.
With a small group, at first reading the children could just look for the cat on each double page and say "le chat est là!" when you ask them "Où est le chat?".
On second reading, you could point out to the children the famous monuments, for them to repeat their names. You can also use my presentation below.
Then each child in the glass could be given a role in the story, on paper and to memorise, including a narrator, and the whole book could be acted out!

Rationale:
This story is particularly good if you want to look at Paris with your children, or you are after cultural pointers. There are so many to exploit in this story, at different levels.

Outcomes:
The children will be learning about Paris and could compare it to their area; they could even draw a street in Paris then their street and talk about the differences and similarities with where Lola lives.

Topics or themes:
Paris; cultural knowledge about France; in town; shops

Grammar:
Any you would like to work on; questions

Time required:
1-2 lessons

Click here for my presentation with ideas on how to exploit each page from a cultural point of view, and links to videos about the different areas of Paris featured in the story: ou est mon chat Paris - please note this blog was originally published on 9th April 2019... 6 days before the fire of Notre Dame. Click here for a video and article about that memorable event.

You will find some more ideas by clicking here. 

You can buy the book here at European Schoolshop: it is on special offer as I write!

Another fabulous story about Paris is "Un lion à Paris" by Beatrice Alemagna; a beautiful book which you can find out more about by clicking here!

What is your favourite area of Paris? Please tell me in the comments!

3 Responses

  1. Chris Sharkey

    Thank you for this! I am particularly interested in what you say about Un Lion à Paris as I’ve seen this book and was v tempted to get it! I’ll look out for ways to use it on your blog.
    Thank you!

    • Nathalie

      Thank you so much for your comment Chris! “Un lion à Paris” is the most beautiful book. I will be in touch with you here when I have written my blog on it, later this month. In the meantime, please do ask if you have any questions! Au revoir!

      • Nathalie

        I have just published my blog on “Un lion à Paris”! Is there anything else you would like to know be able to use it? Enjoy! https://nattalingo.co.uk/book-blogs/un-lion-a-paris/

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