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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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