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Un Deux Trois (Dual Language French/English): First French Rhymes (Book & CD) Paperback – Illustrated, 1 May 2006
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About the Author
Opal Dunn is widely known as a specialist in books on early first and second language development. She has been a consultant to the Council of Europe on children's bilingual education and acts as consultant to the British Council's LearnEnglish Parents programme. She has been short-listed for the Eleanor Farjeon award for services to children's literature and in 2008 received the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun for over 30 years work with bilingual Japanese children. Opal's books for Frances Lincoln are Acker Backa Boo, El Gato Leo Goes to School, El Gato Leo Comes to Play, Leo le Chat Goes to School, Leo le Chat Comes to Play, Hippety-hop, Hippety-hay, Un Deux Trois and Number Rhymes to Say and Play. She lives in South London.
PATRICE AGGS was born in Michigan and moved to London in 1974 to study Fine Art at the City and Guilds Art School. Patrice has illustrated over 20 books, five of them for Frances Lincoln, including Un, Deux, Trois by Opal Dunn and Uno, Dos, Tres by Yanitzia Canetti.
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So OK, it's well illustrated. But apart from that.... the narrator is not a native French at all... Is this Opal Dunn ? I reckon she's got quite a good accent, but there are still weird pronunciations (the usual R not to mention it...) that does not sound right to my native ear. And above all, I know only 20% of the songs that were picked up !! I'm 36 now, and I know plenty of old and new songs, but most of the ones in the CD are not representative of French rhymes at all...
If you want good french rhymes CD ("comptines"), best choice is on amazon FR, some are available as import too but at more expensive costs : 80 Comptines a Mimer and Jeux De Doigts [European Import],French Nursery Rhymes: 60 Comptines Pour Creches for instance, or Agnes Chaumie and Helene Bohy make wonderful songs for kids like Tralalere, "A L'eau!".
Our family enjoyed it for what it is - but it's not exactly what we expected either.
The songs are real French songs which children sing - many are playground rhymes similar to "eeny-meeny-miny-mo" and don't necessarily form the best introduction to French for your child. But it does what it says on the tin and it WILL (after repeated listening) improve your french if not your child's.
For something more didactic try "Le Club Francais - KS2-French-Part 1" which has songs such as "Bonjour! Salut! Ca va!" and some traditional rhymes.
I almost forgot: The book is nicely illustrated and separated into logical sections. The CD is clearly spoken and the first track gives a sort of explanation of the content.
I was so annoyed with the CD, I actually threw it away so my children (and others) would never be subjected to listening to it. I never do things like that normally, but I felt very passionately about this! If kids are bored and turned off to French early on, it may be hard work geting them interested again later on, by which time the damage has already been done.
I would recommend either Putumayo French Playground for a lively, contemporary, and really fun introduction to french, or the fantastic 'Songs in French for children' (on Amazon), which is a compilation of traditional nursery rhymes and has a charming Disney-style 1950's era sound.
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