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The First Day Le Premier Jour (The Adventures of Justine and Sebastien, the Bilingual Children)

The First Day Le Premier Jour (The Adventures of Justine and Sebastien, the Bilingual Children)

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The First Day is the first book of ‘The Adventures of Justine and Sebastien, the Bilingual Children”.

When they meet each other on their first day of school, Justine and Sebastien realise that they are both bilingual! Able to speak to each other in both English and French, they soon become friends. They later find themselves lost within their new school corridors, but the pair quickly help and support each other and form a special bond.

The Adventures of Justine and Sebastien introduce children to the French language, while providing an entertaining story with likeable and relatable characters: Justine and Sebastien. 

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About the Author

Claire Gray-Simon lives in Edinburgh with her husband and their two young children, Ben and Thomas, and is a French teacher for both adults and children. She was born in the town of Chaumont, in the east of France, but grew up in Paris where she become a postgraduate of French Literature at the University of Paris 8. 

Having moved around frequently — from Paris to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to New York and back again — Claire began to think about creating stories for children with two bilingual characters. During her time in New York, she met many bilingual families who spoke both English and French at home and was amazed at how quickly the children could switch from one language to another, often mid-sentence. Claire’s children are her main source of inspiration, and it was watching her son (aged five at the time) interact with his friends that lead her to create Justine and Sebastien.
The imaginative works of Lewis Carroll, Beatrix Potter and H. A. Rey’s Curious George Adventures are also a huge inspiration to Claire, as well as Les contes de Perrault and Les Fables de Jean de la Fontaine in classic French literature. Claire’s main attraction to these stories is the way that children can become so attached to the characters that they establish a relationship with them — which is something she hopes to achieve with Justine and Sebastien.

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Book Details

  • Author: Claire Gray-Simon
  • 24 pages
  • Publication Date: 30/09/2017
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-911569-14-5