Pierre & Paul: Avalanche!

Caroline Adderson

Alice Carter

Pierre and Paul are neighbors, friends, and explorers. Pierre speaks French and Paul speaks English, but that doesn’t stop them from sharing their adventures. The boys imagine everyday situations into grand exploits—today, they are climbing the Himalayas!

To fuel their journey, they decide to make a mountainous sandwich. Pierre and Paul add ingredients until the sandwich staggers, topples, and…avalanche! Ham and fromage, laitue and cucumber jumble until they become a salad. The boys don’t really like salad…but explorers have to be brave.

This story is told half in French and half in English, with simple phrasing and visual cues in the illustrations making the story easy for early readers to decode in both languages. Illustrations in a loose, colorful style make this vocabulary-learning tool also an engaging story of friendship and imagination.Caroline Adderson, Alice Carter
Regular price $18.95 CAD
Regular price Sale price $18.95 CAD

SKU: 204910n0nn1nWWW | ISBN: 9781771473279

"I love the book. It strikes a great balance between French and English, and the simple, colourful, and eye catching illustrations reinforce the context. I think this book will appeal to parents who have put their children in French Immersion but who don't speak French because the dialogue is simple enough that a non-French speaker can comprehend it. I think it will help students succeed in French whether immersion or core. The timing is right for a series like this. I will recommend this book.”

"The story of two friends, one adventure, and two languages! In a perfect blend of French & English, this gorgeous picture book is accessible to readers of any language! The perfect bilingual book to ease listeners into learning a new language - or just grow those inference skills!" - Second Star to the Right Children's Books

"Colorful illustrations, field notes, and cleverly integrated word keys promote comprehension whether readers are fluent in English, French, both, or neither." - Foreword Reviews – STARRED REVIEW

"Adderson’s lively and humorous blending of French and English vocabulary offers a unique invitation to play in two languages – an exploration that young readers et ses parents should find hard to resist." - Quill & Quire – STARRED REVIEW

"Very silly and very smart, this distinctive find is worth checking out." - Kirkus Reviews

"An excellent ­bilingual story for children learning French and ­English." - School Library Journal

“Pierre & Paul is a truly delightful story about two friends and their imaginary adventures. Fully bilingual, it tells the tale in two languages, relying on context cues and images to help the reader along. The result is a fresh and playful cross-cultural exchange!” - Kirsten Larmon, Munro's Books

"This exciting book weaves a single story, with dialogue, lists, and narration in alternating languages, often depending on who is speaking. The effect is wondrous." - Canadian Review of Materials

Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection, 2020

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Publication date

March 15, 2020

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Interest age

From 5 to 8