La Petite Josette loves adventures and history and she is super excited for her trip to one of the most beautiful villages in Provence, France. What will she find? A castle, knights, perhaps a "treasure" to take home? There's so much to do before the trip, but with the help of her big sister, they'll be on their way in no time. Come join La Petite Josette, her sister Anne-Laure, and their parents while they have a picnic lunch of delicious, French food, go inside a medieval toy store, and explore the village. Are you ready? Vous êtes prêts?
· Parents and grandparents of young children will find the sweetness and gentleness of the illustrations (beautifully hand-drawn and water colored by the author's daughter), and the simple story line, will help to introduce their little ones to the French language.
· The short words and phrases in French will engage young readers, ages 6-11, and help to pique their interest in learning a new language or reinforce a language they already have some knowledge in.
· Children will also be introduced to one of the most beautiful and historical places in France.
· One does not have to know French in order to read it as the book is written mostly in English with French phrases throughout.
· French speakers looking to improve their English skills would also enjoy the book.
Mixing in a little bit of French with the English writing comes off quite well.
Teaching children a second language when they are young is a very good idea. Their brains are very malleable and it’s relatively easy for children at a young age to learn extra languages.
If that interests you as a parent, this is a good place to start. The story flows well, the scene-setting is nice. The family dynamic is pleasant. Dialogue is lovely.
You will find this this story fun and light hearted.
I award a score of 4.9 stars! It would have been higher except for a couple of spelling errors. These errors have been fixed so you will have a 5-star read.
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Tags: Family vacation, France, historical sites, picnic, toys
Copyright 2019 by Mark Schultz except for the author’s introduction