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Un, Deux, Trois: First French Rhymes (Book & CD) [Paperback]

By Opal Dunn & Patrice Aggs (Illustrator)
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Pages   20
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 9.25" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 9, 2006
Publisher   Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Age  2-7
ISBN  1845076230  
EAN  9781845076238  

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Item Description...
Simple songs and rhymes are an excellent way to familiarize young children with another language. Un, Deux, Trois, a collection of 25 traditional nursery rhymes, is a delightful way to introduce French. An illustrated vocabulary features simple words and phrases that are easy to learn and that can be used in games or everyday life. Children are encouraged to repeat the phrases and sing along with the rhymes, and the included CD lets them know how both should sound. The lively illustrations and amusing rhymes make learning a new language fun. A guide for parents translates more difficult phrases.

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More About Opal Dunn & Patrice Aggs

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Dunn lives in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, with his wife and family. He studied illustration at The Glasgow College of Building & Printing before delving into magazine illustration, painting, caricatures and book illustrations. Robert has worked on treasuries, Classic Collections (QEB), black and white book interiors and picture books.Patrice Aggs studied fine art at the City and Guilds Art School. The illustrator of over 20 books, including Un Deux Trois and Uno Dos Tres, she lives in West Sussex, U.K.

Opal Dunn currently resides in Chiswick.

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My kids love it  Oct 8, 2008
My kids (ages 3 and 5) love listening to this CD and the pictures in the book are really well done. We use this book, Flip Flop French: Ages 3-5: Level 1 (Book + CD)and a few others to help them learn French and it's working.
French Sung for Kids  Aug 19, 2008
My grand-daughter really likes to listen to the CD and has begun to sing along. I think that's great. Book illustrations are fun, too.
Cute music  Jul 18, 2008
My daughter is still an infant so we haven't used the book yet. The c.d. is great. Fun to listen to while playing.
Good, but don't expect too much  Jul 5, 2008
This book is primarily about rhyming, not necessarily about French language. I am surprised to see people discussing it as a way of learning to "speak" French -- as in, saying something useful or meaningful. The book's cover makes that claim, too. Shoppers should be wary of expecting too much from this book as an instructional tool.

This is an attractive, fun package. If you go through it you might pick up a smattering of French words, a few numbers and so on. But it is not organized with any kind of instructional strategy, and the contents are rather inconsistent.

What it mostly does is to lead you through a lot rhymes with cute or interesting sounds. Sure, some pages contain poems in genuine French. But many of the rhymes include nonsense words (as the authors admit) which do not mean anything in any language (like "Bourre et bourre et ratatam").

The book claims that many of these rhymes are used by French kids for picking sides in playground games, or the like. If so, that means that a lot of these pieces are the equivalent of "one potato, two potato" or "Eeny meeny miney moe" on an American playground. I can't imagine teaching the phrase "eeny meeny miney moe" to a French child as a first introduction to English.

One of the rhymes, according to the guide in the back of the book, supposedly teaches the pronunciation of the "U" sound in French. The only "teaching" involved is the child listening to the CD. If you want the child to be able to speak those words, you may have to teach them how to form the French U sound. The book doesn't do it.

Another poem playfully replaces "sept oies" with "c'est toi." Due to the use of liasons in spoken French, those phrases are homonyms. The whole rhyme builds up to that double-entendre, which is based on a uniquely French bit of phonics. So if the book were really trying to teach French, this would be a perfect opportunity to do so. But it doesn't even mention it, so non-French speakers will miss out on the pun entirely.

In another case, the authors claim that a rhyme supposedly demonstrates different ways of using the "R" sound in French. It does nothing of the kind. Over and over, I felt like the authors were attempting to claim more educational value for the material than it really has, while failing to use teaching opportunities that *were* available.

What value the material DOES have is that it is mostly fun, catchy little rhymes that kids will relate to, especially with the help of the cute illustrations in the book. I believe that the CD by itself would not be very successful at all, unlike some other products. And for parents who do not speak French, or have a French dictionary nearby, good luck. Some -- but not all -- of the material is translated into English in the back.

The accents sound authentic, and the recordings introduce each rhyme with a slow rendition first, then move up to "normal" speed, and repeat it yet another time. I think this is a good approach. The recordings mix an adult voice and some kids -- some other reviews mistakenly say it's all kids.

The child I'm using this with had already learned a few fundamentals in reading and speaking French, and that background definitely helped. So, as other reviewers have suggested, this book may ironically actually be more useful as something other than a "first" book, contrary to the suggestion of its title.

So: Fun, yes, but your child will still need to learn a lot more "real" French somewhere else.
Very Pleased  Jun 20, 2008
I received my item within less than a week from ordering, and in perfect condition. I appreciate this excellent customerservice.

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