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Culture fact
Many world-famous literary
works hail from the pens of
French authors, including
The Hunchback of Notre
by Victor Hugo,
20,000 Leagues Under the
by Jules Verne, & The
Phantom of the Opera
Gaston Leroux.

Language fact
The very first Nobel Prize in
Literature was awarded in 1901
to French author René-François-
Armand Prudhomme for
his poetic composition.

Culture fact
The 17th-century stories of
Charles Perrault, which were
adapted from older folk
tales, marked the beginning
of the fairy tale genre. His
writings included such
notable tales as
Sleeping Beauty, Puss-in
, and Cinderella.

Culture fact
The English-language edition
of Harry Potter and the Order
of the Phoenix
became the
1st English-language book
to ever top the bestseller
list in France.
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French Literature

French-English Dual-language Books
French Stories: A Dual Language Book, by Wallace Fowlie, ed., 352 p. (1990)
10 stories by French literary masters from Voltaire to Camus. Accurate English translations appear on pages facing the original French. Also included are a French-English vocabulary list, oral and writing exercises, and critical introductions to each of the works.
Nineteenth-Century French Short Stories/Contes et nouvelles francais du XIXe siecle: A Dual Language Book, by Stanley Applebaum, ed., 237 p. (2000)
The Fairy Tales in Verse and Prose/Les contes en vers et en prose: A Dual-Language Book, by Charles Perrault, 256 p. (2003)
Selected Fables/Fables Choisies: A Dual-Language Book, by Jean de la Fontaine, 224 p. (1997)
This volume contains 75 of La Fontaine's fables. Originally published between 1668 and 1693, these classics of French literature include the French verses and line-for-line English translations. Stories include such well-loved favorites as"The Cicada and the Ant," "The City Rat and the Country Rat," "The Fox and the Grapes," and many more.
Modern Poets of France: A Bilingual Anthology, by Lois Simpson, ed., 496 p. (1997)
Best Short Stories/Les meilleurs contes: A Dual Language Book, by Guy de Maupassant, 256 p. (1996)
7 of Maupassant's most popular stories in original French and in English translation: "La Parure," "Mademoiselle Fifi," "La Maison Tellier," "La Ficelle," "Miss Harriet," "Boule de Suif" & "Le Horla."
A Bilingual Edition of the Major Epics of Victor Hugo, by Victor Hugo, E. H. Blackmore, A. M. Blackmore, trans., 813 p. (2002)

French Readers, Literary Works & Collections of Literature
Easy French Reader, by R. de Roussy de Sales, 224 p. (2003)
Beginner's French Reader, by Anne Popping, for all ages (2001)

Modern French Short Fiction: An Anthology, by Johnnie Gratton, Brigitte Le Jeuz, eds., 208 p. (1994). The 15 writers included in this anthology represent the best of the genre. Not only is there a substantial introduction covering the history of the short story, thematic trends, developments in narrative technique and the notion of the genre, but each story also comes with its own preface and notes.
Petits Classiques by Moliére: Le Tartuffe, 208 p. (2003), L'Ecole des femmes, 208 p. (2003), Le bourgeois gentilhomme, 240 p. (2003), Dom Juan, 207 p. (1998).
La Chanson de Roland, by F. Whitehead, ed., 224 p. (1989)
Candide ou l'optimisme: Et autres contes, by Voltaire, 303 p. (2000)
Le mariage de figaro: Comedie en cinq actes, by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1999)
Petits poemes en prose, by Charles Baudelaire, 187 p. (1998)
Les Misérables I, II, and III by Victor Hugo (1998)
Les Trois Mousquetaires, by Alexandre Dumas, 850 p. (2002)
Le Comte de Monte-Cristo I and II, by Alexandre Dumas (1998)
Les Chouans: Ou la Bretagne en 1799, by Honoré de Balzac (2002)
Therésé Raquin, by Emile Zola, 224 p. (1993)
Une Tempete, by Aime Cesaire (1969)
Traversée de la Mangrove, by Maryse Condé (1994)
Pierrot mon ami, by Raymond Queneau (1972)
La Jalousie, by Alain Robbe-Grillet, 129 p. (1989)

About Francophone literature
The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French, by Peter France, 926 p. (1995)
3,000 entries written by an international team of experts cover 10 centuries of French and Francophone literature. Fully updated and comprehensive, this is a reference work no serious student of French literature should be without.
A History of French Literature: From Chanson De Geste to Cinema, by David Coward, 640 p. (2003)
A New History of French Literature, by Dennis Hollier, ed., 1200 p. (1998)
This 2-volume set of 164 essays offers an overview of French literature from 842 to the present. Authors bring both breadth and depth to their given themes based on years of specialized research.
A Short History of French Literature, by Sarah Kay, Terence Cave, Malcolm Bowie, 368 p. (2003)
A Guide to French Literature: Early Modern to Postmodern, by Jennifer Birkett, James Kearns, 372 p. (1997)
Francophone Literatures: A Literary and Linguistic Companion, by Laila Ibnlfassi, Nicki Hitchcott, et al., eds., 304 p. (2001)
Masterpieces of French Literature, by Marilyn S. Severson, 200 p. (2004)
The Cambridge Companion to the French Novel: From 1800 to the Present, by Timothy Unwin, ed., 305 p. (1997)
Paths To Contemporary French Literature, by John Taylor, 358 p. (2005)
An Introduction to Twentieth Century French Literature, by Victoria Best, 160 p. (2002)

French for Children

Learning French: Books & CDs
French for Children, ages 3 to 9, audio CD, by Catherine Bruzzone, Clare Beaton (2003)
Book and two 60-minute CDs teach children French through songs, lively stories, and 80 pages of engaging activities. Fosters basic language skills, including introductions, counting, and describing objects. Also includes parent/instructor CD.
Berlitz Kids French Language Pack, ages 4 to 8, by Berlitz (1998)
Includes The Missing Cat storybook and CD and First 100 Words, a vocabulary building book, plus a practical guide for parents on how to teach their kids French.
Baby's First Steps in French, up to age 2, book (80 p.) & audio CD, by Erika Levy
The audio CD surrounds babies with the sounds of French through soothing lullabies, songs, rhymes, words, and phrases. The accompanying book for parents is entertaining, informative, and explains exactly what's going on in their baby's head.
My First French Word Book, ages 4 to 8, by Annie Freankland, Angela Wilkes, 64 p. (1998)
Larousse Children's French Dictionary, ages 9 to 12, by 128 p. (2005)

French Instructional Software & Multimedia for Kids

KidSpeak French
KidSpeak French
by Transparent Language.
For all ages. Animated, interactive, with games, puzzles, more. Teaches
over 700 words &

Bonjour les amis!
, 3 DVD
set, ages 4 to 9. Learn
French through clear,
animated instruction.

French for Kids: Learn French
with Pénélope and Pezi Beg
DVD, teaches basic conver-
sational French through
dialogues, interactive games,
songs, & more.

Brainy Baby French

DVD, ages 2 to 5, for
early language
learning through

Vocabulary Builder
Interactive flash card
system, games, and
record feature.

Francais pour debutants
audio CD. Songs that teach
French vocabulary & phrases.

Uni Verse of Song:
French & English
, audio
CD. Sing along with
15 songs, each sung
in two languages.

Sing and Learn French
audio CD. 20 familiar
songs sung in French.

Le Hoogie Boogie: Louisiana
French Music for Children
audio CD. Cajun-style French
tunes with written lyrics and
English translation.

Beth Manners' Magic
French for Kids
, audio CD,
ages 2 to 6.

Let's Sing and Learn in
,audio CD and
song book, ages 3 to 6.

Children's Stories in French
Le petit prince, ages 4 to 8, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 96 p. (2001)
Le petit Nicolas, ages 9 to 12, by Jean-Jacques Goscinny, René Sempé, 156 p. (1989)
Once you and/or your child have read your way into the world of "little Nicolas", you can follow him through his childhood adventures with the other books in the series: Le petit Nicolas et les copains , Les vacances du petit Nicolas, Le petit Nicolas a des ennuis, Les récrés du petit Nicolas (or Les récrés du petit Nicolas with 2 audio cassettes).
Les Aventures de Tintin, ages 9 to 12, by Hergé (Georges Remi).
The Tintin series by the legendary Belgian artist Hergé is one of the most popular comics of the 20th century. Tintin and his dog Milou (Snowy) encounter numerous adventures in the 24 volumes Hergé produced between 1929 and before his death in 1983. 1: Tintin au pays des Soviets, 5: Le Lotus bleu, 9: L'Oreille cassée, 16: Objectif Lune, 17: On a marché sur la lune, 23: Tintin et les Picaros, ... more ...
Astérix, by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo.
The Astérix comics are among the best known comics in Europe and have been translated into numerous languages. The character, created in 1959, is a Gaul warrior living in a fictional French village around 50 BC who engages in many adventures with his friend Obelix. The over 30 Astérix volumes include: Astérix le Gaulois (1961), Astérix et les Goths (1963), Le Tour de Gaule d'Astérix (1965), Le Cadeau de César (1974), Astérix chez les Belges (1979), L'Odyssée d'Astérix (1981), Le fils d'Astérix (1983), La Galère d'Obélix (1996), ... more ...
Je T'Aimerai Toujours, preschool, by Robert Munsch, 32 p. (1998)

Harry Potter in French
Harry Potter a l'Ecole des Sorciers, Book 1, by J. K. Rowling.
Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets, Book 2, by J. K. Rowling.
Harry Potter et le Prisonnier d'Azkaban, Book 3, by J. K. Rowling.
Harry Potter et la Coupe de Feu, Book 4, by J. K. Rowling.
Harry Potter et l'Ordre du Phenix
, Book 5, by J. K. Rowling.
The French edition of Book 6 will be released soon. 

Bilingual French / English Stories for Children
Happy Birthday! / Bon Anniversaire, by Mary Risk, Jacqueline Jansen, 28 p. (1996)
Goodnight Everyone / Bonne Nuit á Tous , ages 4 to 8, by Lone Morton, Marie-Therese Bougard, Jakki Wood, 28 p. (1994)
I'm Too Big / Je Suis Trop Gros, by Lone Morton, Ide Marie Helie, et al., 26 p. (1994)
Puppy Finds a Friend / Le Petit Chien se Trouve un Ami , ages 4 to 8, by Catherine Bruzzone, Chrisophe Dillinger, 28 p. (2000)


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