Petite taupe ouvre-moi ta porte!

Petite taupe ouvre-moi ta porte!

Whenever I visit a school with le Bibliobook and they tell me their pupils have been doing animals... This is my 1st choice of stories, I enjoy sharing it so much!!

Author or source : Orianne Lallemand & Claire Frossard, published by Auzou
Intended age of students : Key Stage 1/2
Source reference : 978-2733811849

Approaches :

This is one of those stories I never get sick of sharing ; so many children have thoroughly enjoyed it on my bus !

Before you read it, you can get the children to guess what it might be about then practise with them what they will need to join in with and love : "toc toc toc, qui frappe a la porte de la petite taupe ?". As you read it, all the children will then feel part of the story... and get a big shock when the wolf comes ! No, I haven’t spoilt it all for you...

Rationale :
As well as being cute and fun to read, this is another story with a message about being there for each other. The illustrations and the text are both easily accessible to younger children.
From a cultural point of view, I make the animals kiss each other when they greet each other to remind the children of certain traditions in France, which in itself is great fun !

Outcomes :
If you have the right puppets and a puppet theatre (as I have, lucky me !) you can easily make the children re-enact the story ; if you don’t have the right accessories, you can easily make them ! Even animal faces drawn and attached to sticks will suffice to give the children a memorable experience. This story really lends itself to this activity.

Please see below examples of the puppet your children can made; these were inspired to a class and their teacher by a Bibliobook visit!

Petite taupe ouvre-moi ta porte!

Topics or themes : animals ; cooperation

Grammar : pronouns ; showing possession in French (la porte de la petite taupe etc)

How much time required :
30 minutes - 2 lessons

I have been working with this book on a project with a local Y5 class who have been rewriting the story using their own animals and ajectives. This is what we used to support our work: petite taupe animals descriptions with audio petite taupe new animals descriptions .

There are more ideas about how you can exploit this story here  but also check out Auzou's (the publisher's) suggestions here.

Will I have more luck with this week's authors?! In spite of all the publicity I give them none of them have offered me a single book for the Bibliobook yet ha ha!

You can buy the book here!

What is YOUR favourite story with forest animals?

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