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This story I got from my lovely brother Benjamin for Christmas 2016: it came as part of a box with Loup and Louve soft toys too… I already had some but can you ever have enough Loup soft toys?!

I still love him but how can Loup possibly not like to read?!?

Language of text: French
Type of text: picture book
Author or source: Orianne lallemand & Éléonore Thuillier
Intended age of students: Key Stage 2/3
Source reference: 9782733851494

Loup does not like reading but is made to look for 10 lost books… will it make him realise how great reading can actually be?
As I read the 1st couple of pages, I will ask the children if, like Loup, they like reading or not. I will hope that if any did not like books then by the end they will do!
After Loup finds each book, we will talk, in English, about the story mentioned. None of the titles are actually written so it wil draw on the children’s knowledge and I will show them the names of the books in French (list below).

I love this book because it is a little like an ode to reading… and as it mentions so may classic children’s stories, it cannot fail to make Loup enjoy reading in the end!
Sharing this together will enable you to remind the children of those classic stories and hopefully encourage them to read them if they have not done so already. Sometimes we forget that behind a beautiful cartoon or film there often is a great book!

As a class or individually, a list of the top 10 children’s books can be compiled (as well as the names of the main characters), then you could check if those have been translated into French, and if so what they are called. It wil be a great insight for the children to see how many stories they have in common with other countries, even if the language has to be changed! It always is a positive experience to be talking about books and reading with children.
I know someone who used this as the basis for a whole term’s worth of stories as they looked individually at all of the books mentioned by Loup, in French.

Topics or themes:
World Book Day

Any which you would like to focus on as the text is very rich.

How much time required:
1-2 lessons, could be up to a term

Here are the 10 (well 11 really) books from the story:

  1. Les fables de La Fontaine (Le corbeau et le renard here)
  2. Alice au Pays des Merveilles de Lewis Carroll
  3. Le livre de la jungle de Rudyard Kipling
  4. Peter Pan de J.M. Barrie
  5. l’île au trésor de Robert Louis Stephenson
  6. Vingt-mille lieux sous les mers de Jules Verne
  7. Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs
  8. Aladdin et la lampe magique
  9. Le pêcheur et le djinn
  10. Sinbad le marin

Please note the last 4 stories are from “Contes des mille et une nuit”.

11. Les aventures de Pinochio de Carlo Collodi

You can find resources to help you read the story and exploit the book further here, here and here.

You can buy the book here at Little Linguist.

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