I can’t remember where I got this book from but am so glad I have it! It is my favourite story written around the famous "galette" and could be used around 6th January for Epiphany... or any time of year as it is not specific to that date but more to the Petit Chaperon Rouge story and other fairy tales.
Language of text: French
Type of text: Song lyric, rhyme, picture book
Author or source: Orianne Lallemand & Maud Legrand
Intended age of students: Key Stage 2/3
Source reference: 9782203047587
This story is based on a common and traditonal song in France around Epiphany day (6th January) when we make "galette des rois". You may want to sing the original song with the class (video of the song here). Then you can sing each double-page to the original tune: the children can easily join in with "j’aime la galette, savez-vous comment?" as early as the 1st reading. On second reading, work out with the children who the traditional characters are: they will work out l’ogre, les sept nains, la sorcière, boucle d’or et les trois ours, le petit chaperon rouge, but will need help with la souris des dents de lait and le corbeau et le renard. You could display on the board the names of the characters and see if the children can work them out on his page. This is a great opportunity to recite/read the Fable de La Fontaine "le corbeau et le renard" to the group and to discuss it. Children always love to hear poetry in another language!
This story is a really fun take on a traditional rhyme and will entertain the children. They will really enjoy making/sticking cut outs of the characters on lollipop sticks so they can retell the story, beat up the wolf and pretend to eat galette at the end!
The children, throught this story, will learn about the traditions of the galette, the souris des dents de lait (not a tooth fairy in France!), a fable and they will revisit traditional fairy tales which they are familiar with and love I am sure… all this in French! The children could also write their own rhymes: think of another character, wheat they would like in their galette and write it in French! Higher achievers could even try to make it fit within the number of syllables.
Topics or themes:
Cultural events: Epiphany; fairy tales
1st and 3rd persons of "aimer", also negative (though missing a "ne" as informal form); adjectives
How much time required: 1 lesson
There are some lovely ideas and resources to exploit this story and the galette des rois further here and here. There are more ideas about the galette in general and other books here... and a great summary here too!
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