My First French Book: A Bilingual Introduction to Words, Numbers, Shapes, and Colours

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Featuring first words, numbers, colors, and shapes, alongside a clear layout and bold images, this introductions to French helps young children learn basic vocabulary. Each title includes an introduction for parents and teachers suggesting strategies for helping children learn most effectively. With a format that encourages adult-child interaction, toddlers and their parents will find My First French Book to be the ideal "look and say" picture-word books. Slightly older children will learn the essential French ...

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Overview

Featuring first words, numbers, colors, and shapes, alongside a clear layout and bold images, this introductions to French helps young children learn basic vocabulary. Each title includes an introduction for parents and teachers suggesting strategies for helping children learn most effectively. With a format that encourages adult-child interaction, toddlers and their parents will find My First French Book to be the ideal "look and say" picture-word books. Slightly older children will learn the essential French vocabularies that they will need in their reading.

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Children's Literature - Ashley Nunn-Smith
This early dictionary of English and French vocabulary is organized onto two-page spreads by topic. There are pages for numbers, colors, and shapes, as well as particular themes familiar to young readers, such as clothes, food, the bedroom, and school, just to name a few. Each entry is accompanied by a bold illustration in dazzlingly bright colors depicting the item in question, therefore contextualizing the concept. The language is accurate; however, there is one oddity in the use of French articles. To indicate the gender of each noun, the author has used the definite articles "le" and "la" (equivalent to "the" in English). Therefore, the French entry for apple is "la pomme" (the apple) instead of "une pomme" (an apple) and the entry for cheese is "le fromage" (the cheese) instead of "du fromage" (some cheese). Although these articles may seem awkward to fluent French speakers, they seem to be the standard in the French-English dictionary model for children. A glossary and brief pronunciation guide are located at the end of the book. This is a useful tool for children whose parents speak both English and French at home, who live in a bilingual area, or who simply want an introduction to a second language. The book would also prove useful in the classrooms of young children, particularly those in bilingual or French education environments. Reviewer: Ashley Nunn-Smith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753459980
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Language: French
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 264,374
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Mandy Stanley illustrated both the I Can Count and I Can Spell series and and the award-winning First Number Book and First Word Book, which were both Smithsonian magazine Notable Books for Children. She trained at Great Yarmouth College of Art and Design and Nottingham Polytechnic, where she gained a degree in fashion.

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