Les amis d’Elmer

Monday 2 October 2017
by  Natha
popularity : 26%


If you read my blogs regularly you will know that most of the books I write about are in their original language; however there are some books that are worth having and using in French even though they were 1st written in English, and this is one of them!

What is not to like about Elmer? Plus this story gave me an excuse to buy the plus toy in a Waterstones shop; you can also buy it online here at Waterstones.

Language of text: French
Type of text: picture book
Author or source: David McKee
Intended age of students: Key Stage 1/2
Source reference: 9782877671286


The story is lovely and colourful. The children will all know Elmer and may even know that specific story; they will find it very easy to follow and enjoy even when you 1st read it through. On second reading I would pick the adjective out on each page and practise it with the children, adding actions; on 3rd reading I would introduce the structure "le/la plus", which is straightforward enough but so useful.
You could also use the story to teach the name of the animals and then ask: "Qui est le plus remuant?" etc.

This is a lovely story about everyone being different but all having something which makes them unique; it is also about friendship in spite of those differences. The language is simple to understand and yet you can exploit it to cover some important grammatical points (see below).

As an extension task, the children could describe each friend of Elmer’s in terms of size and colour.
Most of the adjectives can also be used to describe people.
The children are revisiting and/learning in context.

Topics or themes:
gender; animals; adjectives

adjectives and agreements; superlatives; possessive adjectives (mon and ma)

How much time required:

1-2 lessons

You can buy this book here at Little Linguist.


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