This is an unlikely love story which children always love!
Language of text: French
Type of text: picture book
Author or source: Stephanie Blake
Intended age of students: Key Stage 1/2
Source reference: 9782211202466
This is a lovely story which can be shared with a class around Valentine's Day if you would like to mark the occasion but without doing anything over the top: Simon is in love with Lou but Lou loves Mamadou... until Lou gets headlice! Who will win Lou's heart in the end??
When I read it 1st, I ask the children to listen out for the sound "ou" and put their hands up whenever they hear it. Then we will look at the grapheme which represents it.
On second reading, we will focus on the story and greet each character, and join in whenever the word "poux" comes up... which of course they will love doing!
On third reading the children can come up with their own gestures to join in with the story.
This sort of love story is simple enough, fun and can be exploited in many ways. My Y3 and Y4 pupils love it but I would also use it with younger or older children.
The children, who will now never forget the grapheme "ou" in French, can make their own cut-out puppets on sticks of Simon, Lou and Mamadou and re-enact the story, simplified: bonjour / je t'aime / des poux, ah! / je t'aime! / des poux, ah!
Topics or themes:
"ou" sound; a fun love story for Valentine's Day
-er verbs in the 1st person; plural of words ending in "ou"
How much time required:
There are some lovely resources here if you want to do more with the story.
You can order it from here.
What is your favourite Simon story?