French story: Maggie & the squirrel!

French Story + Video for Children:

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 the video, listen carefully, read the story, learn the vocabulary, and study the adverbs:
Three characters act in different ways which are described by ADVERBS.  The adverbs are in italics.
How does Maggie work?  She works hard
Maggie travaille dur
Ask how the characters do what they do and you will find the adverb or adverbial phrase which describes the verb:

1.  How does the squirrel arrive in the story?  It arrives slowly!
Un écureuil arrive doucement

2.  Maggie knows what to do, Billy is just a follower.  That is why the following happens:
a.  Maggie va devant
Maggie goes in front
b.  Billy va derrière
Billy goes behind

3.  And this is how the dogs run:
a.  Ils courent après l’écureuil
They run after the squirrel
b.  Ils courent à toute vitesse
They run at full speed

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


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

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

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