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Piglets in Paris Curlytail and Baconscrap really want to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris. So when the butcher comes to the farm, they jump in the back of his vanâ€Ś
Discovery Wonder with Whizkid
Why do we need to sleep? PAGE 25
Raccoons PAGE 28
Adventur The Jolly family
George and Millie play a game PAGE 34
Little Brown Bear
A weekend with Big Red Bear PAGE 40
A super dad PAGE 38 Polo
The stolen sweets PAGE 42
Animals in the Arctic PAGE 45
Piglets in Paris Written by Marie-Claire Rassemusse Illustrated by Jason Chapman
Curlytail and Baconscrap were rolling around in the mud in the farmyard. 3
At first it was fun but soon they began to get bored. Just then Bertrand the butcher from Paris arrived in his van. He honked cheerfully. Toot! Toot!
Curlytail and Baconscrap waggled their tails happily. But their mum warned them to get away from the van. “Never trust that butcher!” she said. “He comes to this farm and takes away roosters, chickens, sheep, rabbits, ducks and piglets. Then he kills them, cuts them up and sells them at the market. Quick! Hide!”
But… little piglets don’t always do as their mum tells them! Curlytail and Baconscrap walked straight over to the van. Baconscrap whispered, “Can you see the Eiffel Tower on the door? Why don’t we go to Paris and see it for ourselves?” Bertrand the butcher was busy talking to the farmer. This was their chance… Hup! Curlytail and Baconscrap heaved themselves into the van.
They made themselves comfortable with the roosters, the chickens, the sheep, the rabbits and the ducks. At last they were off to see the world. They were so happy that they shouted, â€œGoodbye boring little farm! Hello Paris and the Eiffel Tower!â€?
Before long, they were in Paris. As soon as the butcher opened his van, the two little pigs ran off.
They dodged in and out of the traffic on a busy street. Oops! They almost got run over! Drivers honked their horns and braked suddenly to avoid the piglets. Soon there was a huge traffic jam. It was chaos! 10
Luckily, a road sweeper got the piglets onto the pavement with his big brush. Phew! That was scary! The piglets could have been flattened.
“Now we must find the Eiffel Tower!” said Curlytail. “Hey! That bus looks like it might be going there.” 11
Curlytail and Baconscrap jumped on the bus and sat down. After a while Baconscrap started whining, “I’m too small for this seat… I won’t be able to see the Eiffel Tower from here…” There was a woman sitting next to him so he leaped onto her lap. She shrieked loudly.
The other horrified passengers stood up. The conductor arrived and threw the piglets off the bus. Eeek! Baconscrapâ€™s tail got caught in the closing door. Curlytail and Baconscrap landed on the pavement. That was the end of their bus ride to the Eiffel Tower! 13
As they walked sadly along the banks of the river Seine, the two piglets spotted a boat. They waved to the captain to let them come on board. But the river boat didn’t even stop. “Come on! Let’s jump in!” said Baconscrap. 1… 2… 3… and… SPLASH! He leaped into the water!
L P S
! H S A
Curlytail started yelling, “Help! My brother can’t swim! He’s going to drown!” Baconscrap thrashed around in the river. Just then a balloon seller held his umbrella out over the water to save the little piglet. After several tries, Baconscrap managed to climb into the umbrella-lifeboat and the balloon seller pulled him out safe and sound.
The two brothers were so relieved that they hugged each other, crying their eyes out! “We’ll have to forget about the Eiffel Tower!” said Baconscrap, sniffing. The balloon seller heard them and handed them his bunch of balloons. He said, “Hang on to these my friends and let them carry you. Have a good trip over Paris!” 18
Slowly, the piglets floated up above the rooftops. They were a bit scared so they hung on tight to the strings. But everything went fine and they began to sing a cheerful song. â€œOo-ooh, Paris is so fair from up in the air!â€? Then they saw the Eiffel Tower! They wriggled around to make the balloons go in that direction.
Soon they were right by the Eiffel Tower. A puff of wind blew them gently towards it and they landed on the highest platform.
“Hooray, we made it!” cried Baconscrap. “Wow! The Eiffel Tower is really tall!” said Curlytail. “Human beings look like ants from up here.” That evening the piglets were as happy as could be. 21
The next morning, Curlytail and Baconscrap took the train, like real travellers. They arrived back at the farm and gave their mum a big hug. She made them promise never to run away again. â€œYes, yes! We promise!â€?
to the seaside great holiday!
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WHY DO WE NEED TO SLEEP? MAYBE WE NEED TO SLEEP… BECAUSE IT’S DARK?
LET’S GO AND SEE WHAT THE ANSWER COULD BE…
© Bayard Presse - Pomme d’Api November 2013. Text: Sylvie Ladouce. Illustrations: Régis Faller. Photo: Guillermo Murcia/Getty Images.
MAYBE WE NEED TO SLEEP BECAUSE IF WE DON’T WE FEEL TIRED!
Parents always say, “It’s time for bed!” Find out why it is so important to sleep.
We rest when we are asleep
We sleep lying down because it is the best position for the body to rest. All our muscles can relax and get their strength back.
We dream when we are asleep
While we are asleep, our brain makes images and stories to help us understand things that we are afraid of or things that make us happy. 26
We learn when we are asleep
While we sleep, our brain stores, organises and tidies all the things we did and learned during the day. That is how we remember things.
Sleeping puts us in a good mood
If we do not get enough sleep, we can be a bit grumpy during the day. Sleeping well helps us to be in a good mood.
Children grow while they sleep
While children sleep, their bodies make a special substance that helps them to grow. Our bodies also fight off illnesses while we sleep.
NOW I UNDERSTAND. WHEN WE SLEEP, WE GET OUR STRENGTH BACK, WE DREAM AND WE SORT OUT THINGS WE HAVE LEARNED DURING THE DAY. SLEEP ALSO HELPS US TO BE IN A GOOD MOOD AND TO GROW. NIGHT NIGHT, THEN! 27
Raccoons Raccoonsâ€™ faces have a pattern of light and dark fur. They look like they are wearing a mask. It helps them to move around at night without being seen.
Where do they live?
In forests, by rivers and in cities in North America.
What do they eat?
Mice, rats, birds, fish, insects and fruit.
How big are they?
Standing on their back legs, they can come up to your waist. 29
This raccoon is walking towards a house in a small town. It has been here before and it knows where to find food easily.
It has to get over this fence. That is easy because raccoons are real acrobats. Hup! It climbs along a branch to the other side.
The raccoon knows there is food in this big box. All it needs to do is open it. Mmmm, it smells good!
Bang! Crash! The raccoon has knocked over the rubbish bin. Oops! A human hears the noise and comes out of the house shouting. The raccoon is scared and runs away.
Text: Emmanuel Chanut. Illustrations: Marie Winter.-Victor.
The raccoon is back in the woods where it usually hides. It drinks from the river. But what is that in the water?
It is a crayfish! The raccoon catches it with its paw and bites into it. What a treat! But soon the raccoon will go back to the big box full of foodâ€Ś
Did you know? The name raccoon comes from a Native American language. It means ‘the one who scratches with its hands’. This is because raccoons sometimes clean their food in water before eating it.
Raccoons are very good swimmers. They even know how to catch fish.
In the past raccoons lived only in North America. Humans brought raccoons to Europe and other places. Some escaped to live in the wild there.
© Bayard Presse - Youpi November 2013. Text: Emmanuel Chanut. Illustrations: Yves Calarnou.
Raccoons in cities make their nests in the attics and cellars of houses…
Ge o r g
who always look on the bright side of life
n a d e M g r illie play a game o e G
It is the weekend. Mum says to George and Millie, “I have finished everything I had to do. Now I can play a game with you two!” George says, “yay! let’s play mummies and daddies. Mum, you can be the baby!” Mum sucks her thumb. “I think I’m too big to be a baby!” 34
“Then you can be the old grandmother with a stick,” says Millie.
“No way!” says Mum. “why don’t we play a board game?”
“Okay,” says George. “I want the blue pieces. you take the yellow ones, Mum!”
Millie takes the red ones and the game begins. wow! George is way ahead already!
But Millie counts, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6! I’m ahead now!” George is not happy!
Millie throws the dice and gets another 6. She is about to win… 35
But George loses his temper and knocks everything over. He shouts, “It’s not fair, I want to win!!” Mum says, “Calm down, George! Pick up the pieces and we will start again.”
Millie says, “Aaaw no! I was about to win! It’s NOT fair if we have to start again.” 36
“It IS fair! And anyway, you always win!” “Liar! That’s not true!” shouts Millie.
“Yeah, cool!” says Millie. “We can use the pieces from our game as decoration!”
© Bayard Presse - Pomme d’Api November 2013. Text: Sophie Chabot. Illustrations: Anne Wilsdorf.
Millie feels like crying. George is sulking. Mum says, “How about making a cake?”
The cake is ready in the kitchen. George and Millie put the game pieces on the icing on top of the cake. Dad comes home just then. “Yummy” he says. “That looks delicious! Did you have a good time today?” “Yes,” says Millie. “We almost didn’t fight!” 37
SamSam adores his SamDaddy. He really is a super dad.
The smallest of the big heroes
A Super Dad
He can fly higher than any bird…
He is really strong and can stop a meteorite with one finger!
He can do anything! He can cook pasta with tomato sauce, fix the SamSaucer when it breaks down…
Er… Dad… What’s this part for?
What’s wrong now? Why isn’t it starting?
r!! crr cr
SamDaddy is the best dad.
“Let’s explore this unknown planet!” says SamDaddy.
Come on, SamSam! Follow me! Cooooool!
“We can have a nice, long walk. Let’s go, son!” says SamDaddy.
But the planet is tiny and they walk all the way round it in a flash!
Oh dear! Back already…
lt will be hard but together we can do it!
SamDaddy is sometimes a bit absentminded. He got the wrong planet!
“Never mind,” says SamSam. “We can go there next time!”
© Bayard Presse - Pomme d’Api November 2013. Story: Serge Bloch. Illustrations: Serge Bloch and Astrid Scaramus.
Little Brown Bear A weekend with Big Red Bear
1. Little Brown Bear is staying at Granny’s house. Big Red Bear, his favourite cousin, is there too.
2. Big Red Bear is 6 years old. Little Brown Bear loves her and is very happy to see her. 40
3. Big Red Bear says, “Hey, shall we make a den with the sofa?”
6. They make the roof with a blanket. Little Brown Bear is having a lot of fun!
5. The cousins use the cushions for big, tall walls. Big Red Bear says, “You’re good at this!”
7. They snuggle up inside the den. Little Brown Bear says, “I wish we could stay here forever!”
© Bayard Presse - Pomme d’Api November 2014. Text: Marie Aubinais. Illustrations: Danièle Bour.
4. Little Brown Bear likes that idea. “Yeah!” He helps move all the cushions off the sofa.
The stolen sweets
ÂŠ Bayard Presse - Les Belles Histoires November 2013. Created and illustrated by RĂŠgis Faller.
Animals in the Arctic Join the dots from 1 to 31 to see what is scaring this seal.
Fill in the grids. The letters B, E, A, R must appear just once in every row, column and group of four boxes.
E A B A R E
R A R
E R B
Answers: top line 1 – A E R B 2 – B E A R 3 – B R E A.
Prints in the snow How many paw prints can you count?
There are – – hare prints
– bear prints
Answers: there are eighteen fox prints, twelve hare prints and six bear prints
– – fox prints
Answers: from left to right 1 fin of top fish 2 tail of seal in middle 3 narwhal's horn 4 and 5 whale's eye and teeth 6 small seal's flipper 7 direction of bottom fish.
Find the 7 differences between these pictures.
Arctic sea animals
In the icy sea
Find the 5 small pictures on this page.
1 9 14
Answers: 1–5 2–12 3–7 4–13 6–8 9–14 10-11. A group of seals that live together is called a pod.
© Bayard Presse - Mes Premiers j'Aime Lire November 2013. Concept: Arnaud Alméras. Illustrations: Line T.
A pod of seals Match each seal to its twin.
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