Thursday, 25 April 2013

Non-Native Treasure Trove: Everything there is to know about the summer

I've just ordered a new book and am super excited!

It's called Tout sur l'été and, if I'm totally honest, it's more of a purchase for me than it is for les enfants!

In a bid to keep up with Poppette's knowledge thirsty mind and French language needs, I'm trying everything I can to increase my own vocabulary so I don't get caught on the hop quite so often.

This book sounds like the perfect antidote to that all too common brain freeze.

Détails sur le produit

It looks at pretty much everything you can think of that relates to the summer season split into three sections :- animal life, nature and daily life.

It explains scientific stuff (using a little character called Loupiote who shares his knowledge comic strip style) e.g. Why is the weather warm in summer? What causes thunder storms? Why do stars shine in the night sky? Why is it important to protect bees?

It also covers topics such flowers, insects, fruits and vegetables, all from the angle of what happens to them in the summer months. What's it like up a mountain in the summer months? Or by the sea? Why do cows produce more milk in summer?

There are also poems, rhymes, recipes and activities for the children to get involved in to help with their discovery.

A serious gem of a find.

The icing on the cake is that this book forms a part of a series. Yep... guess who'll be coughing up for a copy of Tout sur l'automne and Tout sur le printemps when the seasons begin to change!

I'll let you know whether it lives up to the hype and to my expectations when it arrives!

Now all I have to do is find time to read it. Oh Lordy.

UPDATE : 2nd May 2013

My book arrived a couple of days ago and I'm not disappointed! It's everything I had hoped for.

Here's a few photos of what you can expect to find inside:


  1. Ooo sounds fab!! I look forward to reading your review very soon - no pressure to get reading ;0) - was it an amazon find? If it really is as good as it sounds I too might soon have a lighter purse!! Hope all is well with you guys, Emma :0)

    1. Hi Emma... Yep it really is fab. Lots of great vocab in there and also interesting topics, great pictures etc I gave ours to Poppette yesterday and she said "Oh WoW Maman" and came running over and gave me a huge hug! I think it's one of those books that works across quite a large age span. At Poppette's age (30.5 months) you can look through the book and talk about the things you see. I can also use it to boost my vocab to be able to talk about things like why we get thunder storms etc There's also a fab game you can play in a traffic jam (you might be able to see it if you zoom in on one of the photos above) there are pictures of lots of things that the children have to try and spot out of the window.

      If you do get it, let me know what you think.

      I hope everyone is well again Chez toi. Bye for now.