Title: Bonjour! Let’s Learn French
Author & Illustrator: Judy Martialay
Publisher: Polyglotkidz Press
“Welcome aboard Pete the Pilot’s magic plane. Pete takes you to France. On the way, learn words and phrases in French …” the contents page explains at the beginning of Judy Martialay’s children’s book, Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends.
~ What ~
This forty-page paperback targets children ages six to twelve years old and their parents who want to learn French. With no scary scenes, the book contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Colorful, simplistic illustrations and photographs are on most pages. A website with a downloadable audio for correct word pronunciation is available.
This book teaching about France and its culture, people, and language provides a story as well as educational tools. When Pete the Pilot flies the readers to the country, they are introduced to two children making a sand castle at the beach. At night, a snail named Louis resides as king of the sand castle until dogs run by, accidentally destroying it. The next day, the children rebuild the castle for their king snail.
Other chapters offer conversational French, the culture of France, learning to paint an impressionist painting, and a compilation of the words and phrases used throughout the book. There is an acknowledgment page at the ending.
~ Why ~
I like that this book promotes learning through a story, following it up with reiteration, repetitiveness, and practice. Having all French words in a bold font makes them easy to locate. One of the best features of this is that one can go online and download the audible book, so proper pronunciation is used when reading the French words out loud.
~ Why Not ~
Due to the long paragraphs on the pages, it would best be read to some children as it may frustrate some. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words. Some may find the book either too hard or simple to understand regarding French words, but it would be enjoyed greatly by those trying to learn a new language.
~ Wish ~
While the ending pages have all French words used with the French word first, having an English index alphabetically at the back might be helpful for those who need to look up a word quickly.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beginner book on learning French from an English perspective, this may be the ticket, especially if you use it with the audio version.
Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This product can be purchased at http://www.polyglotkidz.com