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Children's Nonfiction French

My First French/English Visual Dictionary

by (author) Jean-Claude Corbeil & Ariane Archambault

Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Aug 2006
French, Dictionaries, Dictionaries
Recommended Age
5 to 9
Recommended Grade
k to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2006
    List Price

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Where to buy it

Out of print

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Learning a new language through realistic color illustrations.

This is a beginning bilingual dictionary with 1,300 color illustrations and 1,600 terms in each language.

Learning a new language, like learning to read, is easier when the reader can put an image to the term or word. These two new visual dictionaries are perfect for introducing French or English to young children.

Lifelike color illustrations describe and identify items, and each is shown with the word in both English and the second language. Beside the French word, the gender appears as well.

There are 1,600 beginning terms in each language, organized in 36 themes that children experience in daily life -- at home, at play, and at daycare or school. The themes include:

  • The body
  • The weather
  • The body in motion
  • Jobs
  • Clothing
  • School
  • The meal
  • Colors and shapes
  • Familiar animals
  • Numbers and letters
  • Dinosaurs
  • Sports
  • Plants

Outstanding for its realistic illustrations and clear labels, My First French/English Visual Dictionary is stimulating and fun to use. It is a perfect introduction for young children learning French or English as a second language.


About the authors

Jean-Claude Corbeil est l'un des grands linguistes québécois et son rôle dans l'aménagement linguistique du Québec a été déterminant. Son travail représente une contribution importante du Québec à la francophonie et au rayonnement de la terminologie française dans le monde.


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Ariane Archambault est diplômée des Universités de Montréal et de Besançon en linguistique appliquée. Elle a consacré les débuts de sa carrière à l’enseignement du français, langue seconde, aux adultes, notamment à l’Office national du film, à l’Université de Montréal et dans des entreprises privées comme Énergie atomique du Canada et Air Canada, avant de devenir terminologue et autrice de dictionnaires.


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Editorial Reviews

An excellent beginner's dictionary.... The illustrations are clear and include things most young children would see every day. The vocabulary if up-to-date.... A beautiful hardcover book which will undoubtedly inspire elementary students to improve their vocabulary in their second language.

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Attractive and useful additions. And at this price, one may want to consider purchasing additional copies to circulate.


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