French story: Maggie & the squirrel!

Maggie and the Squirrel in French

Maggie Travaille!  Maggie Works!
This is a charming nature story and video clip in French which includes birdsong and emphasises the value of listening and noticing the world around you.
–  Watch, listen and join in with the video
–  Read the story and learn the vocabulary

There are three characters in the story.  Adverbs are used to describe some of the verbs in the story to show how these characters behave and react in different way.
The adverbs are in blue italics.

Comment travaille Maggie?
How does Maggie work?
Maggie travaille dur
She works hard

Comment arrive l’écureuil?
How does the squirrel arrive?
Un écureuil arrive doucement
The squirrel arrives slowly!

(In addition to French practice, have a think about the different characters of Maggie and Billy:  Maggie is the leader.  That is why she goes in front)

Story Words in French:

Voici le jardin.
Il y a une mangeoire.  Regardez!  Écoutez!
Maggie est la gardienne de la mangeoire!
Toute la journée elle surveille le jardin.
Les écureuils sont interdits!

Qu’est-ce que c’est?
Un écureuil arrive doucement.
Il attend.  Il écoute.
Est-ce que Maggie est là?

Il commence à manger les graines.
Oh non!  Il entend quelque chose.
Maggie et Billy ont vu l’écureuil!     (= have seen)
Ils courent à toute vitesse!
Maggie sait ce qu’il faut faire.
Elle va devant!
Billy suit Maggie.  Il va derrière.
Ils courent après l’écureuil!

Bravo Maggie!  Bravo Billy!
Vous travaillez dur.
Grâce à Maggie et Billy la mangeoire des oiseaux est protégée.
Bien fait Billy!  Bien fait Maggie!

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Translate the following into English:

1. Voici le jardin

2.  Qu’est-ce que c’est?
3.  Il arrive doucement.

4.  Il entend quelque chose.

5.  Ils courent à toute vitesse!

6.  Elle va devant.

7. Il va derrière.

8.  Vous travaillez dur.

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Après, devant and derrière are also PREPOSITIONS.  For Preposition Practice go to:
Prepositions in a Story
Prepositions for Children

Birds also feature in this story to illustrate French character adjectives:  ‘Le MacDo des oiseaux’

Maggie & the squirrel in French
Maggie & the squirrel in French

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