In partnership with RTL, Albin Michel Youth opens its large library. For this season 3 of read me a story, libraries and media libraries are mobilizing. On the program: adventure of course, friendship, suspense, but also love…
Discover The shell fairy and the school tree, by Didier Levy and Benjamin Chaud. The story is read by Nathalie de Marco, from the Pierre Veilletet library in Bordeaux-Caudéran.
“What to do when a wild boar perched on a fig tree doesn’t want to go to school? Full of resources, the fairy Coquillette decides to reconcile him with school. A wave of the magic wand, and the fig tree has moved near the school. Another wave of the wand, and the leaves of the tree turn into the leaves of books. Driven by curiosity, the fearful boar cannot help but read them and discovers a passion for astronomy. In order to satisfy her, he even dares to go browsing in the school at night. Good progress for Coquillette, but her protege must now go there during the day, and of his own free will. A space encounter later between the boar and the class whole, and all school-related fears have fled away!”
The shell fairy and the school tree
Credit: Albin Michel Youth
For teachers who want to use this story in the classroom:
Children’s literature is full of books that talk about school, and The Shell Fairy is, according to many kindergarten and primary teachers, a very good support. Both for learning to read but also for a whole series of exercises to do in class.
The blog of Mrs Folyot offers, for example, several PDFs of exercises to be carried out in class. The large Albin Michel Jeunesse library has many works on the school. In 2021 for the start of the school year, RTL and Albin Michel jeunesse thus offered At school, on the little dirt roads of Karen Hottois and Clemence Pladacci. Tasty little stories to learn how to manage the great stress of the start of the school year and to find in sound version on RTL.fr.
At school, on the little dirt roads
Credit: Karen Hottois / Clémence Paldacci / Albin Michel Youth
“A panicked little squirrel is desperately trying to fit his huge cuddly toy into his school bag. The slug will find the solution: draw the cuddly toy on paper so that it fits in the palm of his paw…
Like the next four, this story begins the day before school starts. At the same time, five little characters apprehend their stage fright, more or less great, before confronting it with reality by going to school. With finesse, and also a certain seriousness, Karen Hottois tackles the contradictory feelings aroused by the major stages; anxieties, expectations and compromises to be found in order to grow serenely, like this portable cuddly toy.
Thanks to her gallery of irresistible animals, Clémence Paldacci alternates framed illustrations on the characters and large images that freely tell the strong moments of the group.
Back to school is a source of joy or anxiety. And it’s not so much the first day that’s complicated. But it is especially when the children understand that they will have to go back to school every day! In the great series Pilou and Papaloupyou can choose : See you tonight (volume 3 of the series) by Alexandra Garibal & Marianne Vilcoq, a funny and touching album, on the fear of abandonment among the little ones.
Pilou and Papaloup
Credit: Albin Michel Youth
“This morning, Papaloup takes Pilou to Madame Chouette’s nursery. But the little rabbit is worried: what if his daddy never comes back to pick him up? Fortunately, it’s very simple:
Papaloup will thwart the most dangerous traps to bring his Pilou home! Pilou et Papaloup, a series of albums with rounded corners for 3-4 year olds, features a big bad wolf who adopts, almost in spite of himself, a nice little rabbit. The relationship between these two recurring characters deepens over the albums in different everyday situations. Each story deals with a child’s emotion (fear of the dark, abandonment…) or a stage in his life (starting school…)”
>> read me a story is a podcast presented by Laurent Marsick. Each episode offers you an exciting, fascinating and instructive story.
“The Shell Fairy and the School Tree”: a great and funny little album to stop being afraid of school