This is a very special book: I discovered it at the Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse in Montreuil on 2nd December 2016 before I got the chance to meet its author (also the author of “Je m’habille et je te croque” as well as all the “Trotro” books), Bénédicte Guettier. What a privilege it was!! She was so sweet!! She had no idea her books were so popular in the UK to help children learn French and when I told her she was quite overwhelmed! She is now talking about a possible visit over here!! I showed her photos of my bus and a photo of her books on it then introduced her to Mini Miss Paris… look at what she did… She drew a picture of Mini Miss Paris driving the bus with all 10 children from the story on it! Her message is so thoughtful too… I will try to keep in touch with her… and use more of her stories for sure!!
Language of text: French
Type of text: picture book
Author or source: Bénédicte Guettier, published by Casterman
Intended age of students: Key Stage 1/2/3
Source reference: 9782203084575
This book is great in many respect: it tells the story of a single dad, which is a refreshing change, and how he looks after his 10 children then builds a boat to go away from them for a long break… I will not spoil the end for you!!
I want to read it with a class to introduce or reinforce in a fun and attractive context vocabulary which relates to daily routine, clothes and/or food. It also challenges stereotypes.
I want to use it because the language is authentic and accessible, the story will make everyone smile, the pictures are clear and colourful. It is a beautiful book!
The children will enjoy the story but could also write their own version of it: change the clothes, the food, what the dad builds… They could make their own minibooks. It is great for recycling vocabulary.
Topics or themes:
Daily routine, clothes, food
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If you like this story, you may want to check out my other blogs with books by Bénédicte Guettier. Amongst others: Trognon et Pépin, Le petit fantôme qui voulait qu’on le voit, Je m’habille… et je te croque! , L’âne Trotro fait du vélo and at Easter time L’âne Trotro: Zaza et les œufs de Pâques.
Can you recommend a book with a father figure in it? Please share in in the comments below!