Igor et Olafe - Un délicieux marcassin

Monday 11 September 2017
by  Natha
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Did you know that we have a word in French for a young wild boar? Un marcassin!

OK, I understand that even if you are into children’s stories and puppets you may not own a young wild boar puppet... but even though it did inspire me to look for a book for it (I couldn’t have a puppet without a story!) owning the puppet is not essential to appreciate this tale!!

My parents and my aunt Martine attend the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes in Charleville Mézières, northern France, every year (it is on next week, 16th-24th September 2017) and bought me the hand puppet below as a present 2 years ago. How cute and original is it?! This is what young wild boars look like you know!

Language of text: French
Type of text: picture book
Author or source: Pierrick Bisinski
Intended age of students: Key Stage 2/3
Source reference: 9782070696451

This story will be best read in installements as the children will look forward to finding out what happens next with this loveable family of ogres when they find a young wild boar…

The book is full of simple but rich language which can be exploited, a page or 2 at a time. The illustrations are colourful and clear, thus aiding children’s understanding of the story.

Most of the story is written as a dialogue; it is therefore full of useful and informal phrases which the children will enjoy learning about and can be used as classroom language in the future.

Topics or themes:
animals, meal times

adjectives; the 2nd person, singular and plural.

How much time required:
up to 10 installements of 15-20 minutes each, over a half-term maybe

I haven’t found this book for sale on a UK website but I hope someone will agree to send it to you if that is where you are based. Click here for offers on Amazon.fr.

Do you know the French picture book character called Pop, as in "Pop mange de toutes les couleurs"? They are by the same author!! Find out more about Pierrick Bisinski and some of his picture books here.

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