The Adventures of Elodie – Joy in a friends success!
Over the past couple of week’s I’ve been sharing stories from my Journey to Joy with you – stories about things that I’m doing to raise my positivity including the four books that started the whole journey in the first place!
Well today’s a little bit different.
Yep, I’m still talking about JOY but joy in someone else’s success. Savouring someone else’s moment. Supporting and celebrating their achievement – because that’s what friends do for each other and that, in so many ways, is a most amazing way to share JOY.
Sophie and I – sharing some JOY!
Recently my friend Sophie Le Brozec, better known to many of you as the face behind the fab Franglais Mummy blog, launched the bilingual children’s book series, The Adventures of Elodie. The first in the series; Elodie and the Pirates / Elodie et les Pirates also happened to be her first book.
She conceived it and published it and it has already been taken up by schools to help teach French to their students. I’m SO proud of Sophie I could dance and I just had to share this fab book with you!
One of the best things about the Elodie Adventures is the messages behind the stories which resonate so much with me:
- Parents: let children go outdoors to play, like we did when we were kids
- Children: put down the electronic devices and play outdoors with your friends, using your imagination and your environment
- Girls: you can be/do the same as boys, whether it’s climbing trees or fighting pirates
Woo hoo! A big high five for that last one in particular, right?
All the Elodie books (there are currently three more in progress – about dinosaurs, WWII and Ancient Egypt) were written by Sophie and inspired by her eight year old daughter, whilst the illustrations are by her brother (going under a pen-name).
The books are aimed at non-bilingual 6-11 year olds to show them that learning languages can be fun and to get them used to the different sounds and style of French from a young age. In the UK all children over 7 now learn a second language, and in many schools it is French. If your child is going to learn French for the next few years, the best thing you can do is to get them interested in the language.
As Sophie rightly pointed out when we were chatting about the book;
The key problem to learning languages is boredom – let’s face it, reciting lists of irregular verbs isn’t going to get anyone excited. But a gripping story that they can read/listen to in English and French might just do the trick!
As a bilingual Mother of two quite frankly gorgeous daughters herself, Sophie designed the books for children just like hers so that they can learn how to read and write in their weaker language, and to understand that being bilingual is normal. And with a degree in French and Spanish and over 20 years language teaching experience she’s well placed to bring out a book to help children learn or improve French!
Each book is about Elodie, who is half English/half French and lives in London with her French Dad and English Mum. She loves climbing trees, making dens and playing outside with her two English friends, Harry and Lily. Every day after school the three of them go to their local park, to their favourite tree, and have adventures where they travel through time and space. They meet pirates, dinosaurs, soldiers, kings, queens and more, before the beep-beep-beep of the alarm on Elodie’s watch lets them know that it’s time to go home.
The first book, Elodie and the Pirates / Elodie et les Pirates, has all the elements that appeal to my young reader – drama, a splash of danger and strong child characters. When I read it to Curly Girl she LOVED it and literally “can’t wait, can’t wait!!” for the next book to come out! (I do recommend that you practise your pirate accent though as mine was less high seas and more Somerset…)
I have to admit that my French is pretty rusty (Spanish is language of choice – and I’m pretty bad at that come to think of it!) but thankfully Sophie has included a free audio book with each adventure, which enables you to listen to the story in English or French or both languages. (The audio book is downloadable from the Elodie website – the link is on page 3 of the book.)
There’s also a parents’ and teachers’ guide at the back of each book so you can help your child progress beyond the story by working through the different exercises, depending on their age and level of learning.
Sophie is living proof (along with the lovely Renee from Mummy Tries who recently launched her first book – you can read my review here) that if you dream a dream hard enough and put enough time and effort in you can make it come true:
For a while I’d been lamenting the fact that there were no bilingual books for my daughter and then one day, towards the end of 2013, I was walking around in London and letting my mind wander, and the whole Elodie character (based on her) and her adventures started to take form as I walked.
Did I mention how proud I am of Sophie? It’s such an achievement to make your dreams a reality and when your dream benefits so many children it’s quite astounding. If your child is bilingual or learning French at school you can buy Elodie and the Pirates / Elodie et les Pirates in paperback or for Kindle at the Elodie Publications website or at . (You can follow them on and too.)
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