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Pomme d’Api

I grew up in Germany with a French mother who was very intent on making sure we grew up speaking French fluently, something I am very grateful for. It must have been hard work, as both my brother and I both rebelled, and wanted to be like all the other kids and only speak one language. A lot of other multi-lingual families we knew did not persevere and the children never learned their mother-tongue… such a shame.

One of the tools my mother used to teach us how to read French was a monthly magazine called Pomme d’Api. It was great: full of stories, facts, projects and games. It was quite forward thinking for its time and still exists. Now my daughter has a subscription and the format of the magazine has not changed at all (which is very exciting for a sentimentalist like me). She loves getting a little package in the mail each month and enjoys reading it. The editing house Bayard Press has grown since I was a kid and they have a lot more magazines now for all age groups. I think it is a great tool to encourage kids to keep up a second language especially if you are living abroad.



Comments (10)

February 16, 2011

My kids love Pomme d’Api & Popi! I’ve never subscribed, but this seems like a great idea!

February 16, 2011

We live in Spain. DS receives ‘storybox’ each month. A gift subscription from his uncle.

February 16, 2011

We love Pomme d’Api too. But boy, was this month’s hamster cage tricky to make!

Emilie in Paris
February 16, 2011

Ha Michele, I have not attempted that one yet!

February 17, 2011

Our Xmas creche turned out ok, but this one doesn’t look so good. That said, my 3 yr old has been feeding her hamster 2-3 times a day and so I guess it worked well enough. Really, whoever designs their monthly game or craft project is very clever.

February 16, 2011

I was raised in Germany with a French mother too. We also got to read Pomme d’Api. My son gets Toupie which is for younger children. He really likes it. But I find it very difficult as a bi-lingual to learn my children french. We live in Germany and will stay there, my husband does not speak French and all our friends are German. I hope my mother will learn them as much French as she can!

February 17, 2011

so that’s what i need! isis needs to learn french as we’re living in CH now. thanks for the idea!!

February 21, 2011

I bought this subscription for my daughter last year! Her favorites are the Oukilé family (like finding Waldo) and of course, Sam Sam! Pomme d’Api is a great read here in Québec too.. I speak to my daughter in english, the Papa in french. Parfait!

February 24, 2011

I have just ordered this for Papa (who is French) to read to our boys at bedtime. We live in France, I was wondering what might be a popular equivalent in English (I am a New Zealander) for me to enjoy with them too. Thanks for any suggestions.

October 24, 2012

I grew up in Romania.In 1990 i recive Pomme d’api. Was a gift from a family friend. I don’t know very well french, but my mother do. She read it me, everyday…was the best gift in my life. Now i have 25 years and i stil love Pomme d’api…

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