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French / English Dual Language Story Books

Teach a Child French – Dual Language / Bilingual Books for Children

 

Teaching French to young children isn’t that difficult if you remember a bit of French from your own schooldays.  This series of easy learning bilingual story books featuring the adventures of Camille and her teddy has been designed to help parents introduce their children to the French language while they are very young by making it fun to learn.  The original versions of the books have sold millions of copies in France and wherever French is spoken. Now available for the first time as dual language parallel text French / English books they can even be used to teach both languages at the same time, as indeed they were with Erin, see video link below. Turn your child into a little linguist!

Click to watch five-year-old Erin reading Camille a fait pipi dans sa culotte.

Camille and Teddy are two of the best loved characters in French story books.  Camille makes all the mistakes in life that are common to children everywhere, and she learns a valuable lesson in every book.  Teddy never says anything but he’s a clever little bear and you can always tell what he’s thinking by the expression on  his face.

Parallel text means that as far as is practicable, each line of the English text on the right hand page exactly mirrors the same line of French on the left hand page. There are, of course, differences of grammatical construction between the two languages, so there are a few instances where this has not been possible.


Set 1

Camille has had a nightmare

Set 1

Camille goes to the doctor’s

Set 1

Camille goes to the park

Camille has had a nightmare and thinks Teddy has been bullying her and her dollies; and she doesn’t want to talk about it. Fortunately, Mummy is able to prove he’s done nothing of the sort and is still the same old Teddy, because it was just a dream. It does end up costing her money though…

Camille has to go to the doctor’s for an injection, which her friend told her was jolly painful, although the doctor did give her a sweetie afterwards to make up for all the suffering. Camille is not over keen on the idea, even with the prospect of a sweetie afterwards, so she thinks of a cunning plan…

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Camille has heard about the new slide at the park, and is very keen to try it out. The weather hasn’t been very good recently but the television forecast last night gave her some hope for today. Aunt Nathalie and Martin are going with them but Camille thinks Martin is a bit too small to go on the slide…

There’s a new boy at school, and he said that he wants to marry Camille. But there is a problem; Bérénice says that he is going to marry her! So naturally, Camille makes sure that she is looking her best that day, and wearing her prettiest dress, to make sure that the right woman wins…

At school yesterday, one of Camille’s friends had an unfortunate accident in the playground, and that horrible boy Maxime laughed and said that it was only babies who did that. Camille knew that such a thing couldn’t possibly happen to her, BUT…

Set 2 — Coming soon

Camille’s two friends have come to her house to play, but Camille doesn’t like it when they play with her toys. Mummy tells her that when we love people we have to lend them our things, which turns out to have unexpected consequences for Mummy…

Daddy has made a magnificent cake for tonight, when Mummy’s friends are coming to tea. The sort of beautiful cake that you see in a cake shop, and it looks absolutely delicious. Camille tastes just a tiny bit, as nobody will notice, but unfortunately…

Camille needs a bath but she thinks that would be a terrible waste of water, as she had one only yesterday, and a bath doesn’t do much good anyway.  So she decides to show Mummy what she can do just using a flannel and that stuff that smells nice…

Set 3 — Coming slightly less soon

Its time for bed but Camille isn’t tired and besides, she’s extremely busy playing with her toys, and she’s got to take her dolly to hospital. So she quietly slips out of bed so Mummy and Daddy can’t hear, and continues to play. But guess what…