“I have been a primary language specialist for many years and as such I only use teaching materials of the highest quality. I am extremely impressed by the new book, La Famille Jolineau en Vacances. The beautiful, colourful illustrations, the progressive complexity of the text and the humour throughout the story make for a very enjoyable experience. Children are prompted to answer questions on what they have read and the games at the back of the book are helpful tools to memorise new vocabulary.
Another useful feature of the book is the guide to silent consonants, all marked in red. This will encourage young French readers to develop correct pronunciation. I understand that an audio version of the book will be available in the future and I consider this to be a very valuable tool to complement the text. I would highly recommend this book both for the classroom and home reading.”
“This is a beautifully illustrated book containing key expressions and vocabulary for Primary school aged children. My two children really enjoyed listening to it and had fun trying to translate for themselves as I covered up the English. I love the detail in some of the pictures which gave my children lots to talk about. The book lends itself to being reread many times with its simple questions and activities at the end- I am very happy to have added it to our home library!”
Sarah Proddow, Barnes.
“Dear Elisabeth, I love your book! It tells you all about a French family in French with English so that you can understand what’s happening. I like Isabelle, the ladybird, because she gives easy helpful questions which I will borrow for my French lesson at school tomorrow. In fact I like your book so much I’m going to take it to school to show both my class teacher and my French teacher. I’ll enjoy reading this book again and again but I’d like the next story about La Famille Jolineau please!”.
Nerys Williams, age 8.
La Famille Jolineau is a treat. The very interactive pictures are amusing, absorbing readers of all ages in the story and so turning the pages & then returning for another read – very clever! We found the text clear & informative without being daunting. Meanwhile Isabelle la coccinelle & the red silent letters both add another layer to the experience. My three children enjoyed meeting the different characters & activities of Elisabeth,Gerard, Celine, Julien, Mathieu & Mambo. Introducing ‘ Le gouter’ provides a charming insight into French culture which in turn makes the book & story much more real & tangible. ‘Le gouter’ has been adopted already as a brilliant idea by my three!
Thank you Elisabeth. Can you write sequel story for La Famille Jolineau please.
Jane Roberts, London