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Oxford First French Words book – Giveaway

Oxford First French Words (author Neil Morris) is a beautifully illustrated word book full of wonderful bird’s eye views taken from a typical day out of a child’s life.

It is available in German and Spanish as well.

Book description taken from the website of Oxford University Press (US):

The Oxford First Words books give your child a head start in learning another language. Each takes the reader on a picture-book journey through a day, cleverly interweaving lots of familiar settings and cute little dinosaurs. There is a bird’s eye view of first thing in the morning at home, the journey to school and inside the classroom, a birthday party and even a trip to the seaside. Over 400 foreign words and their English translations are given in illustrated color bands on the side of each page. There is also supplementary material at the back–a picture/word matching game, counting the ladybirds up to twenty, shapes both flat and three-dimensional, opposites, the weather, time, plus a comprehensive index. The fun illustrations make this an adorable first bilingual word book.

When I was asked to review the book I had no idea it would become such a family favorite. My children adore this book!

This is a great book for children that are just learning a new language or for bilingual children like mine.

My children spend long quiet moments discovering the images inside.

First French Words

Together, we find the words of common every day objects in English and in French.  I will admit that my girls do correct my pronunciation of the French words here and there.  However, I don’t see that as a bad thing because I am learning too.

First French Words

The pictures are so interesting that my children will sit for several minutes soaking in each page.  It is magic. This is the first book that has captivated any of my children for such long periods of time.

My son and I spent a good fifteen minutes on shapes.  He never grew tired of pointing at each image and repeating the name of the shape in English and French.  It was I that finally turned the page.

Here he is with the book that he has proclaimed as HIS.

He will allow his sisters to look at it but only with the understanding that it is HIS.  His sisters love the book as much as he does so I will put them all in my lap and we look at it together.  Then, everyone is happy.

Now, to the giveaway!!!

If you would like to enter the giveaway for a chance to have Oxford’s First French Words book sent to your home simply follow the instructions below.

To enter in the giveaway for this beautiful word book you must tell me your deepest darkest secret.

Just kidding!

All you need to do is leave a simple comment telling me why you would like to have this book sent to your home or if you are shy just type, “I want it!” or “Pick me, me, me!!!”.  :)

Make sure that your email address is correct when you enter the comment since this is how I will contact you.

I will take entries from now until 7 am (Paris time) on Monday, November 24th.  For all of you US residents – I will not take entries after 1 am CST on Monday, November the 24th.

I will use Random.org (Random Integer generator) to select the lucky person that will receive a copy of First French Words.

Bonne chance!!!


First French Words on the Oxford University Press website.

David Melling – Illustrator of First French Words (I am going to check out the other books he has illustrated since my children are so charmed by the illustrations of this book.)

There is even a Free Student Worksheet available to use with the book.

Look inside the book!

Available in other languages!!!  (I am interested in both of these as well since German and Spanish are two languages my children will be learning in addition to French and English.)
First German Words and First Spanish Words


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  • sissi November 21, 2008, 3:58 pm

    I want this book because:(I quote)
    “The pictures are so interesting that my children will sit for several minutes soaking in each page. It is magic. This is the first book that has captivated any of my children for such long periods of time.”
    I have never experienced such a situation!

  • Anne November 21, 2008, 4:05 pm

    I would love to win this book, so my grandchildren and I can learn french together :-) i am sure they would be interested in searching for things as well :-)

  • Erin November 21, 2008, 4:54 pm

    I would like this book as it will help our bilingual family continue to grow both in English and in French! Plus, I have to agree with Sissi, anything that can keep a child’s attention for several minutes is worth getting. LOL.

  • expatraveler November 21, 2008, 6:22 pm

    Your review and photos of this book are just incredible. The funny thing is that I actually think I might have seen this book before. Given that I couldn’t see a published date, I can’t tell you for sure. It would have been ironically while in Switzerland when I saw it..

    I’d love to have the book for reference so that my French does not die down more than it already has. Unfortunately I can only pass it along to all of the kids I see, but still this is such a great give away you are doing!

  • Marit November 21, 2008, 6:43 pm

    I found your website when searching for information about Switzerland this spring. I spent the summer doing an internship at the EPFL in Lausanne and had a great time. I still follow your blog – you have nice pictures and do write well about your experiences. I hope it is OK that I read – even if I don’t know you.

    I want this book because I am planning doing an exchange in my studies to somewhere in France – and then I need to learn the language. And I think I can learn a great deal from this book even if I’m not a child and English is not my first language.

  • Kalee November 22, 2008, 8:27 am

    My husband and I are gathering up books to help once we have kids (we plan on having a bilingual household). This book looks great!

  • christina November 22, 2008, 12:30 pm

    Not taking part in the comment give-away but I just have to say that yes, these books are great! I was asked to review the German-English one a while back and I think it’s wonderful. Kind of makes me wish my kids were little again. They’re not into picture books any more, but they agreed that the illustrations were adorable.

    The German and Spanish versions are exactly the same as the French, just the language changes. That might actually be a good thing since if you’re doing two or three languages you could use the same pages in each book to contrast and compare.

  • Anne November 22, 2008, 3:11 pm

    I would love to have a copy of this book. It would help my two boys to learn more words in French. I could also use it in the classroom to help with certain exercises and just as a general aid. This would be a great book to have!

  • Pardon My French November 22, 2008, 4:03 pm

    I will be happy for the lucky winner but am so hoping it’s me! My daughter is just getting interested in really looking at the pages with more details. I love picture dictionaries and have some of the monolingual Oxford children’s dictionaries that I use in my kiddie classes.

  • Clemencia November 23, 2008, 2:02 am

    thanks for the opportunity to participate, the book looks lovely, is always good to learn a second or third language, thanks so much

  • Mad William November 23, 2008, 6:50 am

    Pick me, me, me!

    Mr. Man really needs to learn French and is never going to do it by listening to moi, moi, moi.

  • Carla Pullum November 23, 2008, 7:49 pm

    My daughter would love this count me in!

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