French Vocabulary on the Farm
Category: Academic Wings
Author: Kim Chatel www.kimchatel.com
Artist: Kathleen Bullock
Print ISBN: 9781616331368; 1616331364
eBook ISBN: 9781616331375; 1616331372
Mini-Moi is only six hands tall. He wants to work on the farm like the big horses, but he’s too small. When Mini-Moi runs away he finds a whole menagerie of animals in need. Children will delight in the animal antics as Mini-Moi discovers that even little ones can be big helpers. Along the way learn French vocabulary and phrases. Includes a glossary of terms.
Author Kim Chatel, whose Rainbow Sheep was winner of the 2009 Epic Children’s Fiction Award, uses an appealing story about a small horse, only six hands tall, to introduce common French words and phrases to early readers. Every page contains several French words with their English meanings placed along side those items in the pictures by illustrator Kathleen Bullock. In the back, there is a glossary which gives English and French animal sounds, the translation of some common French phrases used in the book, and the meanings of the names of the animals. Both my wife and I studied French in high school and used various books to introduce our boys to French when they were small. Clip-Clop, Tippity-Tap is a cute resource for this purpose.
I liked that I learned some different words in French from reading “Clip-Clop, Tippity-Tap.” It was sometimes hard to figure out how to say them though. Even mom had trouble. Some of the words were easy to say like for bird in French it says oiseau (wazo). But some of the others where it says how to say it had things like buisson (b?is?~) for bush. I really didn’t have any idea what that meant in the parentheses. It sounds kind of like the word is spelled though. We did listen to how to say the words on the computer though for the ones I wanted to know. It was fun to learn new words. My favorite one we learned was poulet, which is chicken in French.
I think kids will love following Mini-moi's adventures and will certainly empathise with the little horse's desire to prove himself. His kind heart and helpful nature prompt him to offer help to all who need it, and at the end of a busy day, Farmer Yvette realises Mini-moi can do his own special work on the farm.
Clip-Clop, Tippity-Tap makes a perfect choice for parents with children who are learning French or parents who want their kids to know we live in a multilingual world. Children who love stories about animals will definitely be charmed by this tale of a tiny horse with a big heart.
By Reader Views "Reviews, by readers, for readers" (Austin, Texas) Reviewed by Cayden Aures (age 6.5) for Reader Views (3/11) In "Clip-Clop, Tippity-Tap" all of the animals on the farm have different jobs that they have to do every day. There is a little horse and his name is Mini-Moi. He isn't even close to as big as the other horses. All of the other horses do things like pull wagons and help the farmer plow. Mini-Moi is too little to do those things. He is pretty sad about that but in the end he finds something he can do. That is good because I think that there is always something that somebody can do even if they are little.
5.0 out of 5 stars cute resource for introducing French to children, March 24, 2011 By Wayne S. Walker "Home School Book Review" What would it be like to be an animal on a French farm? On the Farm La Pomme there are all kinds of animals. Dogs bark warnings. Cats chase mice. Cows are milked. Roosters wake everyone. Mini-Moi is a miniature horse who's too small to do things like the other horses. He can't pull the hay cart like the work horses Amande and Pistache. He can't plow the fields like the Percheron horses Babiole and Bidule. And he can't round up sheep like the colorful paint mare Couci-Couca. But when the cat needs to carry her kittens back to the barn, the peacock hurt is foot, the piglet wanders to far from the farm, the lamb is late for its shearing, the hen lays her eggs in a silly place, and the mailman has some envelopes for Farmer Yvette, is there anything that Mini-Moi can do to help?
Many colleges require that incoming students have taken two years of a foreign language. Studies have shown that the younger children can be introduced to a foreign language, the better they can learn it. So if your young ones are interested in French, this is a book for you. Author Kim Chatel, whose Rainbow Fish was winner of the 2009 Epic Children's Fiction Award, uses an appealing story about a small horse, only six hands tall, to introduce common French words and phrases to early readers. Every page contains several French words with their English meanings placed along side those items in the pictures by illustrator Kathleen Bullock. In the back, there is a glossary which gives English and French animal sounds, the translation of some common French phrases used in the book, and the meanings of the names of the animals. Both my wife and I studied French in high school and used various books to introduce our boys to French when they were small. Clip-Clop, Tippity-Tap is a cute resource for this purpose.