The book I got is a basic simple story aimed at the very little ones (2-6 years old). It is part of a series from the Père Castor collection. If you don't know about it, the Père Castor is a collection from the Flammarion publisher which publishes affordable and quality books since 1931 for children aged 1 till 10. You can read more about it here (in French).
The story is pretty much the same as that of the Gingerbread Man. An old woman bakes a 'galette' for the old man but it is too hot. She puts it on the window ledge for it to cool down. But because the 'galette' is bored, it runs away. While running away, it meets a rabbit, a wolf and a bear. All tell the 'galette' that they will eat it. But the 'galette' is more clever and asks them to listen to her little song first:
It then runs so fasts, that of course none of the animals can eat it. The final animal is a fox. It acts differently and pretends not to hear the 'galette' asking it to jump on its nose, so it can hear better. And guess, what? The fox eats the 'galette'!
Je suis la galette, la galette
Je suis faites avec le blé ramassé dans le grenier
On m'a mis à refroidir mais j'ai mieux aimé courir
Attrape-moi si tu peux!
The story is good and book is fun. I am not completely sold on the illustrations that I found a little dark. LJ, 3, likes the story but it is not her favourite (even though we read it four times in a row when we returned from the book store).
Going furtherYou can find a cartoon version of this story here.
The French 'galette'
A few words about the French 'galette'. A galette can be several things in French. It can be:
- a dry biscuit,
- a savoury crepe/pancake made out of buckwheat flour (from Brittany),
- a puff pastry cake (notably eaten for Epiphany in January).
The 'galette' from the story is most likely the latter kind given the way it is drawn but I cannot be sure.
You can find a child-friendly recipe of the 'galette' here.
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