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BONJOUR, JE SUIS LE PETIT PRINCE (I AM THE LITTLE PRINCE)

Author: Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Illustrator: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Publisher: Gallimard Jeunesse,

Material: board book

Summary: The Little Prince leaves his own tiny planet in search of adventures in a visit to our world. This is a very condensed version of the classic book Le Petit Prince, just for toddler-sized attention spans. This book, with both French and English, is ideal for teaching toddlers simple French, especially identifying objects.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Age of Child: Started reading with child 2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/he enjoys the story but focuses on the English words.

Adult Reader Reaction: It's nice to have a book with both French and English for those of us who need some refreshing of our French-speaking skills. The original illustrations from De Saint-Exupery's book brings back many memories!

Pros: The story is shortened, with only one sentence to concentrate on per page. Great for a parent teaching a foreign language.

Cons: At two, the French sentence structure is difficult to explain (it doesn't follow the English sentence structure), but the language will come with time.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, unless you can pick this book up in France. The cost for this little book is very high.

If You Liked This Book, Try: LA RONDE DES CHIFFRES (THE WHEEL OF NUMBERS)   MON DOUDOU PETIT CHAT  

Educational Themes: The structure and presentation offer parents an opportunity to take a French classic and begin lessons in French. Language absorption is perfect with story-telling, particularly for books that get read over and over.

Notes: On Amazon this is a special order book:$14.95 for the book, plus a $1.50 special order fee, plus shipping!

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, bilingual, French, classic literature

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2004

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