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Literature

Reading is a very popular pastime in France

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French children also like reading
cartoon strips. Astérix & Obelix is one of
their favourites
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Do you know any French writers? Here are a few and the names of their most well-known works:

- Voltaire wrote Candide
- Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables - you have probably heard of the musical!
And he was also a poet. This is one of his poems : La bise (North wind)

La bise

La bise fait le bruit d’un géant qui soupire ;
La fenêtre palpite et la porte respire ;
Le vent d’hiver glapit sous les tuiles des toits ;
Le feu fait à mon âtre une pâle dorure ;

Le trou de ma serrure
Me souffle sur les doigts.

Victor Hugo

- Alexandre Dumas wrote Les Trois Mousquetaires (The Three Musketeers)
- Théophile Gautier wrote for example the poem : Les papillons (Butterflies)

Les papillons

Les papillons couleur de neige
Volent par essaims sur la mer.
Beaux papillons blancs, quand pourrais-je
Prendre le chemin de l’air ?

Théophile Gautier

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Le Petit ??? drawn by St Exupery.

Antoine de Saint Exupéry is another well-known French author. He was also a pilot! Do you know his most famous book?

Here are a few clues to help you...

It’s a story about a little boy who comes from Asteroid B612. After a long journey visiting different planets, he finds himself in the Sahara Desert with a pilot who has landed there because of engine failure. The little boy explains that he has fled from his planet - no bigger than a house. "Please...draw me a sheep!" is the first thing he says to the pilot. Look at the picture to help you.

Children’s library

Published on 27/04/2009

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