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This one is for cat lovers but even though I am not one of them (!) I fell in love with this story in a bookshop in Annecy last summer. It is beautiful, peaceful, subtle yet clear, it sends a very positive message and your children will love joining in with the story! I really can’t fault this book!!

Language of text: French
Author or source: Delphine Grenier
Intended age of students: Key Stage 1/2
Source reference: 9782278081806


This is the most beautiful story about animals who wake each other up… to go and see the sunrise!!
This is such a repetitive story that children of all ages, after a 1st reading, will love joining in with “Réveille-toi!” Déjà?” “Et hop! D’un bond, les voilà partis”.

The pictures are clear, the animals and their colours stand out nicely against a background of sky which is getting lighter…
It is a peaceful and positive story to share at any time of the day; the animals don’t seem to be ready to wake up, except from the rabbit, but they all enjoy watching the sunrise together and look forward to a new day. I love the positive message which it sends.

The pupils would enjoy sharing the story with you to introduce or reinforce names of animals in French (6 of them); I am sure they would want to be able to say in French what colours the animals were so this book can be used to talk about adjectival agreement with colours.

Topics or themes:
Animals, colours, habitat, seasons

Imperative, reflexive verbs, adjectives and agreements, adverbs

How much time required:

1 lesson

This book is so new I haven’t found any resources to help you exploit it with your pupils; I however enjoyed reading this review in French here which gave me a real insight into the book… Go on, go and buy it, you know you want to!! You can buy it here on

Ultimately this story is about enjoying the little pleasures in life, life the sunrise. Please share in the comments below any story you know about the beauty of nature!