Thursday, March 10, 2011

Clip-clop, Tippity-Tap French Vocabulary on the Farm by Kim Chatel

I find myself very glad indeed that Kim Chatel's grandmaman, Yvette Brunet, is alive and well at age 94.  Why, one might ask, not knowing Yvette?  The answer is found in the dedication to her in this beautiful, lively and straight from the heart book, Clip-Clop, Tippity-Tap, French Vocabulary on the Farm, by her granddaughter, Kim Chatel.  The book, for children ages five through nine, is a feast for the eyes and the heart. 

Everyone on Farm La Pomme was working.  Everyone, that is, except for the tiny horse, Mini-Moi.  What could he do?  After all, he was only six hands tall!  Wandering the farm, he meets many animals, each of which is more lovely and colorful than the last, if that is possible.  And, of course, he sees Farmer Yvette!  In the end, Mini-Moi is a happy horse.  But, why?

Clip-Clop, Tippity-Tap is a dream of a book, from the descriptive words, many of which are in French and are placed in an unobtrusive manner on the page, to the primary colored, sumptuous artwork by Kathleen Bullock.  Included is a glossary of terms at the book's end. 

Kim was inspired to write the book because, as she says, "Growing up in Montreal, Quebec, I struggled my whole life to learn French."  No one will have to struggle with Clip-Clop, Tippity-Tap.  This is a winner of a book from cover to cover and one that any child would love to own.

Title: Clip-Clop, Tippity-Tap: French Vocabulary on the Farm
Author: Kim Chatel (
Illustrator: Kathleen Bullock (
Suggested Reading Age: 5-9
Release Date: (January 27, 2011)


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