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"Un conte écrit et raconté par Anne Roumanoff d'après les Fables de La Fontaine." This 32-page landscape-formatted book, now missing its CD, presents another extensive and engaging contemporary adaptation of La Fontaine's fable with delightful animal figures. Gaston Le Héron is descendant of nobility living in much reduced circumstances these days. "Je ne suis pas n'import qui" is a favorite statement of his. His pride gets stretched even further when, shortly before the family's annual vacation, he is named "comptable en chef" at work. This time the family will eat a worthy restaurant meal, not the usual picnic! Gaston will not hear of a self-serve or of fast food or pizza or burgers. The fancy restaurant recommended by their guidebook turns out to be catering a wedding. The next worthy restaurant turns out to be closed. The fast food place they finally find is sold out of everything except snacks. Mrs. Heron goes to a grocery store and buys Gaston a cold croquet-monsieur. Wanting to gain too much risks losing everything! The last pages offer La Fontaine's fable with helps and questions. This is the fourth of Roumanoff's adaptations that we are lucky enough to include in the collection. Not the least virtues of this book are the lively illustrations and the wonderfully concrete sense of what kids actually do! This book is smaller in size than others of Roumanoff's books.
Éditions Atlas: Éditions Glénat