French story: Maggie & the squirrel!


Primary French Story for children:

Maggie Travaille!  Maggie Works!
This is a beautiful French story for children about a very hard-working little dog who likes to guard the bird feeder from unwelcome invaders.
The description is in the 3rd person, present tense, and places great emphasis on the value of listening and noticing the world around you!
The story offers a wonderful French listening opportunity via an engaging French video clip with English subtitles.
Highlighted Vocabulary:
Voici            
 –  Here
Un écureuil
  –  A squirrel
Le jardin      –  The garden
Il attend       –  He waits
Il écoute       –  He listens
Devant         –  in front
Derrière       –  behind
Qu’est-ce que c’est? – What is it?

Watch the video clip, listen, repeat and join in.  Then read the story printed below and answer the questions.
Birds also feature in this topic to illustrate French adjectives which describe character and personality:  ‘Le MacDo des oiseaux’

1. Maggie travaille (audio in French)

Transcript in French + Questions: Maggie and the squirrel!

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!     (ont vu = have seen – past tense!)
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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Questions in English. Answer in French:

1.  What does Maggie do all day? (Full sentence please)
Toute la journée elle …

2.  How does the squirrel arrive? Boldly? Quietly? Noisily?
L’écureuil …

3.  What does the squirrel wonder?
Est-ce que …

4.  What does the squirrel begin to do?
Il commence à …

5.  Who goes in front?

6.  Where does Billy go?
Il …

7.  How do Maggie and Billy run?
Ils …

8.  Who do Maggie and Billy chase after?
Ils …

Maggie & the squirrel in French

Maggie & the squirrel in French

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