Carl ne veut pas aller en France

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Carl is nine years old when he and his mother move from a small Colorado town to the busy metropolis of Paris. Carl doesn't like it at all. He misses his friends, his school and the mountains of his hometown. Then one day he takes care of a stray dog. He calls the dog Rufus, but when it turns out to be a female, it becomes 'la Princesse Rufus'. Carl feels like a hero, just like the main character in his favorite book "Captain Underpants". When a boy in the street asks for his name and mispronounces it, he lets it go and from then on is known as Charles. In the end he doesn't want to leave Paris at all!

The book contains a French-English glossary.


Nicole de Boer

"This is a nice book for children who have just started to learn French. All the words and phrases are highly useful and fun to know. And they are repeated in the story again and again.  Carl's story is familiar and heart warming. . After saving Rufus he becomes a hero to all stray dogs in Paris and he starts to feel more and more like 'Charles', i.e. at home in Paris."


For Teachers

Carl ne veut pas aller en France contains many simple words, constructions and phrases that are repeated all the time without it ever getting boring. Therefore it is above all suited for beginners. The story, and the main character being of around that age, corresponds well to children of about 10 years old, so it fits in nicely with elementary school, but it can certainly also be used in the first year of secondary school, individually or in class.
The story contains enough starting points for discussions or even for carrying out simple conversations, such as: moving to a completely different place, Paris, pets, stray dogs and heroes. You can also do a lot of fun activities around the book and it is exceptionally well-suited for Reader's Theater.

Classroom set 

If you would like to order a set of books for use in your class we can offer a discount of 10% for a minimum of 20 copies of the same title. Please order timely and by e-mail as our supplies are limited. Delivery of larger quantities will take two to three weeks.

Note: All the materials are copyright protected, which means that it is not permitted to make copies for use in the classroom.

Author: Karen Rowan
Year of publication: 2018
Number of pages: 54 (including glossary)
ISBN: 9781603722292
Illustrated: Yes
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