Belles lettres;Primary;Books

1st May 1998 at 01:00
PEN PALS: a Friendship in English and French. By Lone Morton and Catherine Bruzzone (English); Jacqueline and Roberte Jansen (French). Illustrated by Jane Hughes. bSmall Publishing pound;9.99.

In this delightful book, the pen-pal relationship between Jerome and Katy unfolds through a series of realistic pull-out letters in French and English. Katy and Jerome each describe, in their own language, their daily routine, home, family, school, hobbies, likes and dislikes, and each letter has a side-by-side translation.

There are real envelopes and letters, a postcard, a photo, a town plan and even a mini phrase book, all of which can be handled and give a feeling of authenticity and immediacy.

The authors are particularly interested in bilingualism and the book aims to encourage children as young as eight to write to a French friend. The correspondence forms a pattern and there is a list of useful expressions for writing letters in French, together with advice on how to start a pen-friendship.

It would make a perfect gift for a child interested in France and a pen-pal, but primary and Year 7 pupils could also benefit from such an attractive book - it is so refreshingly real.

This is an intriguing book with a lovely story, interesting novelty value and an exciting approach to a bilingual education.

Sue Brown

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now