One year ago, Corto moved to New York with his Papa and Mama. To him, everything there seemed so big compared to France! Meanwhile, Tina moved from Boston to Boulogne, near Paris, because of her Daddy’s job. For her and her little brother Willie, it was a whole new adventure!
Now it’s summer again, and Tina and Corto are used to their new lives in foreign countries. Time for vacation!
In both America and France, in the city of New Orleans and the French countryside, July is the month for saying farewell to classmates and celebrating under the stars. One thing is sure: no matter where they are, the fireworks are always beautiful!
The stories in this album start in one language (French for Corto, English for Tina) and finish in the other. The language at the beginning of the story is that of the child’s personal and everyday life with the family.
As soon as they interact with other characters in their new setting —classmates, a teacher, or even a market vendor— the story switches into the language of the new country (thus, English for Corto and French for Tina).
The transition happens through a pair of words that sound the same in both languages —for example, ball and bol, dress and dresse, pen and peine—creating a linguistic pivot point in each story.
This album is meant for children who are familiar with both French and English to ensure optimal understanding!
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