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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Don't know if this belongs here or elsewhere - sorry.

Ds is 5 and is a fairly proficient reader in English. Dh is French, and ds is bilingual. He's at a point when he could start reading low-level material in French. In English, he has a lot of leveled reader books (Scholastic, I Can Read, etc.), with high-interest topics. I am looking for similar type books in French at a very beginner level. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 16
when living in the US I was at a loss about what to get for my children

I liked the series of books about "Lucien" le pinguin
by Jean-Marc Mathis
Editions Pocket jeunesse

but odering them ended up being quite expensive in the end

... finally by pure luck I found a French parish somewhere where I was visiting for 3 days only & that was the one day of the year when they were having a jumble sale so I managed to get quite a selection of all styles of used books for about 50 pence each, a real bargain ...

a bi-national frend of mine tells me he finds good bargains on e-bay ...

is there a french community where you live ? you could get someone's used books when their kids grow up and streamine their possessions ...

now, if you have visiting relatives who can bring stuff in their suitcases, that's a good thing ....
post #3 of 16
My kids go to French Immersion school and they always bring home easy French readers, so I know they are available. I don't know the publisher off hand, but I will check today for you, when dd brings her book home.
post #4 of 16
Ok, I looked it up and the publisher is "Beauchemin" from Quebec. I found a link to a website http://www.beauchemin.qc.ca/ but the site isn't opening for me.
post #5 of 16
You can join the site Readinga-z.com and print out your own French readers. The site has French(and Spanish) versions of hundreds of books with different levels. We use the English ones at our school and they are great! I think it costs $89 to join, but it would cost that for 20 books.

Marsha
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
NAK in the dark.

Thanks for those references. The Beauchemin site didn't open for me, either, but I'll check back.

We have family in France, but they need specifics to buy us anything.

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Originally Posted by torinsmom View Post
You can join the site Readinga-z.com and print out your own French readers. The site has French(and Spanish) versions of hundreds of books with different levels. We use the English ones at our school and they are great! I think it costs $89 to join, but it would cost that for 20 books.

Marsha
I think I already have a license to Readinga-z for work. I guess I've never explored enough to know they had French, too. That'd be convenient.
post #7 of 16
try www.wor.com -it's got some stuff that might work. I'd like to add that I just finished reading "7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child" by Naomi Steiner and it was great! I think I might even buy it to reference back to as I raise my kids.

good luck!
post #8 of 16
Rose Roget, if you have family in France, then the Lucien the pinguin series exist in paperback version (cheaper to buy& lighter to transport or send in a parcel), about 5 euros per book.

some pages have more than one sentence though but it's typed large & easy vocabulary .... just read again "On a volé la trompette de Lucien" to my kids last night, there's also
- Lucien, tu vas te faire manger
- L'étrange rêve de Lucien
- Lucien et le bonhomme de neige sauvage
- Lucien le pingouin au pays du soleil
- Lucien, le pingouin musicien
post #9 of 16
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Rose Roget, if you have family in France, then the Lucien the pinguin series exist in paperback version (cheaper to buy& lighter to transport or send in a parcel), about 5 euros per book.

some pages have more than one sentence though but it's typed large & easy vocabulary .... just read again "On a volé la trompette de Lucien" to my kids last night, there's also
- Lucien, tu vas te faire manger
- L'étrange rêve de Lucien
- Lucien et le bonhomme de neige sauvage
- Lucien le pingouin au pays du soleil
- Lucien, le pingouin musicien
Thanks for those specifics, IsaFrench. I'll have dh mention it to his family. Ds is really ready for it! Words that share English phonetics, he figures out immediately (like "dormir", and he's beginning to understand some of the rules for French ("i" says "ee" or "ll" says "y") that he sometimes confuses in English, but he's strong enough in English that it's not going to cause major decoding problems. I think he'll come right along. It's pretty exciting!
post #10 of 16
If you wanted to work on the phonics bit, my son likes the book "Lire avec Luc et Léa". It is entirely phonics based but quickly includes short textes, that increase in length as the book goes on. My ds found the stories funny.
post #11 of 16
are you sure it's not rather "j'apprends à lire avec Leo et Lea" ?

in that case here is the website
http://www.leolea.org/
post #12 of 16
Yes sorry - I have Star Wars on the brain right now (Luke and Leia).
It is Leo et Lea. Last night he was reading it to his little sister.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Yeah, when I did a Google search, Leo et Lea is what popped up, so I figured that's what it was.

These are all great ideas!
post #14 of 16
try this site :

http://www.rageotediteur.fr/index.as...l=000000010018

your post inspired me to go in a book shop & I got some easy readers from the collection "L'école d' Agathe"; apparently each book is about one of her school buddies. I got
- Romain adore les dinosaures
- Clement le grand timide
- Mathis et le marron magique
Some of the words are in color & typed in a different font so it's quite nice to the eye, but the shop assistant told me that they can be perceived rather as "teaching stuff ... in disguise"

the Publisher Foliot cadet has a collection called "premières lectures" = books are classified under "je commence à lire" or "Je lis tout seul"

here's a description of the collection
http://www.petitmonde.com/Doc/Fiche/...ieres_lectures


I also got 2 books from the ratus collection at Hatier
http://www.ratus.com/

- Ratus sur la route des vacances
- Ratus aux sports d'hiver

have not given them yet to my son,so don't know yet if he likes any of them, am waiting the arrival of an order of books for my daughter so that they don't squabble ...
post #15 of 16
Usborne has a few books in French, such as les Contes du Chateau, that are pretty good.

There is also Gafi le Fantome

My kids have also read Leo and Popi and Petit Ours Brun
post #16 of 16
Check your local library.. you might be surprised. We live in FL, and our library has a pretty good section of French, Arabic, Hindu, and, of course, Spanish books. It was a big surprise.

Is there a Lycee Francais or Alliance Francaise near you? If so, they might be a resource... or even have a store.

Also, don't forget about Amazon, and more importantly, Amazon.ca

Also, for Arabic at least, there is a whole Scholastic series of books. If you go to Scholastic Canada, they have French editions as well http://www.scholastic.ca/education/ Click here to go straight to French editions http://www.scholastic.ca/editions/
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