Animal stories

This little girl is a great improvisor and story-teller. It starts with Tiger (Winny the Pooh’s friend) and then a whole lot of other animals get involved and things get a bit complicated. However, all is well in the end!

Here is some vocabulary to help you follow.

  • Le matin: the morning
  • Bébé singe: baby monkey
  • Grenouilles: frogs
  • Les arbres:  the trees
  • Et après qu’est-ce qui s’est passé? : And then, what happened?
  • Giraffes:  Giraffes
  • Chauves souris:  (literally ‘bald mice’) bats
  • Un long voyage: A long trip
  • Chemin: path
  • Les animaux: the animals
  • Les monstres, les fantômes: the monsters, the ghosts
  • Fraises: strawberries
  • Sorcière: Witch
  • Se bagarrer: to fight
  • Casque, épée, bouclier: helmet, sword, shield
  • Jolies fleurs, soleil, nuages: pretty flowers, sun, clouds
  • Crocodile: crocodile
  • Hippopotamus: hippopotame
  • Le ciel: the sky (meaning ‘heaven’)
  • C’est trop tard maintenant: It’s too late now
  • C’était bien fait pour lui: It served him right!
  • Enormément: Enormously
  • Griffes: claws
  • Lion: lion
  • Pouvoirs magiques: magical powers
  • Dame: lady
  • Bague: ring
  • Les enfants: the children
  • C’est fini: it’s over

Another story-teller using animals was  Jean de La Fontaine. He wrote during the 17th century and is one of France’s most famous poets. He is also the most studied in primary school, probably because his fables all have a moral message at their heart. Read for example the story of the ‘The frog that wished to be as big as the ox': ‘La Grenouille qui se veut faire aussi grosse que le boeuf’