Friday, 7 June 2013

Kérity, la maison des contes - a French film for children.

Last month I blogged about the Luc Besson film Adèle Blanc-Sec and shared the link I found to some fantastic resources for studying the film with older students.

Unbelievably, today I discovered a French film which is suitable for primary school children.

It's called Kérity, la maison des contes.

It's an animated fantasy film about a small boy, Natanael, who can't read, who is bequeathed a collection of old books. He discovers that well-known characters from children's literature and fairy tales are hiding in the books and he sets off on a quest to protect them from an evil witch.

Like they did with Adèle Blanc-Sec, those nice people at the Institut Français in Germany have made a resource pack for studying the film in schools.

The resources are all in French but many of the discussion activities could be done in English.

There are matching exercises and a wordsearch of characters which could be done quite easily.

The pack contains answer sheets for teachers, too.

The DVD of Kérity, la maison des contes is available from the French amazon site. Sadly, amazon uk only sells the  English version of the film, Eleanor's Secret. The original version of the film can be streamed and downloaded from a number of sites on the web, but I wouldn't want to breach any copyright laws by posting links on my blog.

Even if you aren't going to study the film with your students, I heartily recommend it as a film you could watch with your own children. Even the English version.

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