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Bonjour! Let’s Learn French is an English language children’s story that introduces French words and terms. It’s a wonderful way for English-speaking children to be exposed to French words. At the back of the book, there are exercises so children can practice their new words. Author and illustrator Judy Martialay has created an excellent story and workbook to practice your new French words. She has even created a skit so students or friends can act out a play in French! You can also sing the song “Ah! Mon beau château !” Bonjour! Let’s Learn French also provides instructions on how to create impressionistic artwork with crayons. At the end of the book, a review summarizes all the French words introduced in the book. The book also shows how to type French … notice there is a space before an exclamation mark in French sentences, like this ! But no space before exclamation marks in English sentences!

Beautiful, colorful illustrations adorn the pages of this children’s picture book aimed at grades 3 to 6. I especially like the four small illustrations on a page—great technique—it’s not done very often! Author Judy Martialay has also drawn all the colorful illustrations for the picture book and all the exercises. Bonjour! Let’s Learn French is a complete book with story, pictures, a song, skit, drawing lesson, and a summary for learning French. A must-have book for home and school. But wait, there’s more: an audio version of the book is also available! This is a complete book for teachers with exercises and multiple medium practice.


Again, the author uses a clever way to introduce a language (this time French) to children and parents as well. The use of English and French in the story, makes it easier for the reader to understand the story, and to learn the vocabulary. I especially love the use of soft colors and beautiful drawings. I wish I had this book when my children were little, now I recommend books like this one to parents wishing to raise their children's awareness of the many languages and cultures in the world, a must today. I also loved the inclusion of cultural notes about France and French culture, as well as the audio resource available on the polyglottkids.com page. As a bilingual librarian, I highly recommend this book. It is wonderful, let's see what other wonderful book she will do next. I can't wait. Both, this book, and her previous one in Spanish as gifts, and I have added them to the children's library collection, I am delighted to write this review because language learning is a must in today's world, and very important to me.


Bonjour!—Judy Martialay

Review by Virginia B. Levine, Ph.D.

SUNY Cortland


Judy Martialay has done it again!  Through the clever framework of an uncomplicated story line, in this case an airplane flight to France, the author/illustrator introduces the readers—children, parents and grandparents alike—to the world of early language learning.

As a former professor of World Languages, I was quite naturally interested in reading Judy’s latest accomplishment for myself.  Judy graciously sent me a complimentary copy, and after reading it, I offered to submit a review of Bonjour!.

This book provides far more than an engaging story line for 6-10 year-olds. It is a virtual toolkit for second language acquisition that can be used effectively by all readers and learners.  The juxtaposition of English and French within a straightforward storyline provides an unfettered ease of context as the reader learns to equate vocabulary in both languages.  The audio portion of Bonjour!, (available at: http://polyglotkidz.com), ensures accuracy of pronunciation, and the practice activities reinforce the vocabulary presented.  Cultural nuggets about Francophone countries, French foods, flag, kings, queens and everyday life serve to open the eyes and minds of young learners to another culture.  Judy has even thought to include a brief script to enable student readers to interact using newly acquired French vocabulary.  Colorful illustrations, drawn by Judy, are beautifully executed and represent the Impressionist art exercise perfectly.

Bonjour! is sure to appeal to the curiosity of those young and old.  Deceptively simple in tone and presentation, the book draws in its readers, enticing them to learn more about the French language and culture.

Bravo to Judy Martialay for another job well done.  Along with Pete the Pilot, she has successfully taken her readers on a wonderful early language journey.  Bon Voyage to future readers!



Bookroom Reviews

Dick Leonardo for Bookroom reviews 11/13/17 Here is something different. Have you ever thought about your child learning a foreign language? If so I have a nice book here for you. Judy Martialay makes learning a new language fun with an easy to read story. Travel to France with Pete the Pilot while learning an assortment of french words. What’s cool is it’s not just new words but little tidbits about the country of France and how they live and a little history. The book is also very nicely filled with colorful Illustrations by the author herself to bring the book to life. I like the little skit written into the book to let the kids practice what they learned. Then there is http://www.polyglotkidz.com/ to visit for the audio. This is great resource not only for the French book but Judy’s other book ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish


Adventuresthruwonderland blog

Another fun, educational tool for learning a new language! Judy Martialay makes learning fun with this interactive book. Using food, colors, art, and a story to make learning new words fun and easy for all ages. This book is intended for children ages 6-10 but even adults will find it fun and interesting!



Bonjour! Let's Learn French, by Judy Martilay, is a children's book that introduced the French language. It includes a story about going to the beach, a list of various illustrated French words, expressions, French Culture, and art. 

I found the book to be engaging, colorful and fun. The words speak to the children of elementary age, and help to take away the strangeness of a different language. The art is engaging, drawing interest of new learners, and will help them to associate the pictures with the words. However it is more than just a story about going to the beach. Think of it as a workbook that a young reader can take in bits and pieces. Most likely it will take a bit of practice to learn the words and pronounce them. 

Inside the book you will find a link to where you can download the full story on your computer and listen while you read the book. The music in the background makes it sound colorful. A reader (the author) talks through the story in English, while a different reader pronounces the French words. The only thing I found lacking in the book was a proper pronunciation you would typically find in parentheses after each word. This would allow the reader to work on the vocabulary without always needing a device to listen to a device. But overall, Bonjour! Let's Learn French is a charming and fun way for children to be introduced to the French language. Recommended for children ages 6-12.

Connie Withay blog

This forty-page paperback targets children ages six to twelve years old and their parents who want to learn French. With no scary scenes, the book contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Colorful, simplistic illustrations and photographs are on most pages. A website with a downloadable audio for correct word pronunciation is available.

This book teaching about France and its culture, people, and language provides a story as well as educational tools. When Pete the Pilot flies the readers to the country, they are introduced to two children making a sand castle at the beach. At night, a snail named Louis resides as king of the sand castle until dogs run by, accidentally destroying it. The next day, the children rebuild the castle for their king snail.

Other chapters offer conversational French, the culture of France, learning to paint an impressionist painting, and a compilation of the words and phrases used throughout the book. There is an acknowledgment page at the ending.

~ Why ~
I like that this book promotes learning through a story, following it up with reiteration, repetitiveness, and practice. Having all French words in a bold font makes them easy to locate. One of the best features of this is that one can go online and download the audible book, so proper pronunciation is used when reading the French words out loud.

~ Why Not ~
Due to the long paragraphs on the pages, it would best be read to some children as it may frustrate some. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words. Some may find the book either too hard or simple to understand regarding French words, but it would be enjoyed greatly by those trying to learn a new language.

~ Wish ~
While the ending pages have all French words used with the French word first, having an English index alphabetically at the back might be helpful for those who need to look up a word quickly.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beginner book on learning French from an English perspective, this may be the ticket, especially if you use it with the audio version.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at http://www.polyglotkidz.com

Glen Cove Record Pilot

uthor publishes second bilingual children’s book

Author Judy Martialay

Local children’s author and linguist Judy Martialay recently published her second book, presenting a new opportunity to teach children to become bilingual. Her latest book, Bonjour! Let’s Learn French, is a follow-up to the award-winning ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish, and gives children ages 6 to 10 a fun way to learn basic French words and phrases at home.

“More parents are realizing that an early start to learning a foreign language has great advantages,” said Martialay, a resident of Sea Cliff. “But, only 25 percent of elementary schools, public or private, offer any kind of foreign language instruction.”

And, she added, when budgets are cut, “foreign languages are always the first thing to go.”

A retired foreign language teacher from the Bethpage School District, where she taught for more than 30 years, Martialay has been using her skills to inspire students for decades and has devoted many years to public advocacy for the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.

Martialay has written drafts for five books in the series, which began with her two strongest foreign languages, Spanish and French. Each book takes about two years to produce, since they include Martialay’s illustrations, recipes, activities and a downloadable audio component. She has drafts of books for learning Italian, Arabic and Chinese that she hopes to “dust off and update” but for now is happy to promote the finished products.

“Children love a story,” said Martialay. “The book captivates kids with an entertaining story that teaches French and introduces them to the culture of France. There is a variety of activities that encourages them to use the French that they learned, including a skit, Culture Corner and a song.”

She said the book is written in a way that makes it easy for anyone interested in learning French, for both the children as well as the parents, grandparents or other care givers reading to them.

“I want [readers] to have a pleasant experience and get a taste for the language so that they want to continue learning,” said Martialay, who said she believes language learning in this country has “gone backwards” since she was a child.

“It’s just not a priority in this country,” she said, noting that only 16 states require high school students to study a foreign language, and many only have a two-year minimum requirement.

“Two years is not long enough to produce marketable skills,” said Martialay. “When kids learn early, they truly have a chance to become proficient.”

She believes that part of the problem could be the false perception that the rest of the world speaks English; however, she said, while millions around the world may be learning English, as much as 75 percent of the world does not speak or understand English proficiently. And she stresses that going beyond basic phrases and reaching proficiency has important benefits, including getting to know someone from another country.

“It’s very rewarding to form a personal relationship with someone—you can’t do that through an interpreter,” she said. “Having a personal bond is the basis of a good business relationship, plus when you learn a language, you learn about the customs and culture of that country.”

Down the line, she said, having proficiency in a second language can put a candidate ahead in a job, as it is one of the top eight qualities employers look for upon hiring. And, starting young is also important.

“Children up to age 12 have the capacity to acquire native pronunciation of words,” said Martialay. “And when we learn other languages, our English improves and we become smarter, with increased concentration and enhanced problem-solving skills. Also, it helps to stave off dementia by five years because the executive function [of the brain] gets a workout.”

Martialay noted that when parents show an interest in what their children are studying, it can further enhance their learning. The book comes with downloadable activity sheets, recipes and a craft, in order to help create a deeper connection to the language.

Bonjour! Let’s Learn French is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $16.99. Visit www.polyglotkidz.com to download the audio version.

The Fairview Review Winter Reading 2018

When I was a Latin student in high school, my teacher had a favorite coffee mug with the slogan, "Monolingualism can be cured" on the side. It always made me laugh, the idea that only being able to speak one language was some sort of illness that could be cured. But the idea is true, especially with tools like Martialay's book. 

Written for elementary school students, the book takes readers on an imaginary trip to France. The characters Pete the Pilot and Louis l'escargot help bring the story to life and make the learning fun. Each section of the book has a different focus, with phrases that fit the situation provided. Helpful words to introduce oneself and meet new people are followed by words one might use on a trip to one of France's lovely beaches. After the story are lists of colors, days of the week, and people and things.

To help practice, there is a play that young readers can perform. Instructions for using pastels to create an impressionistic picture, the music and lyrics to the song "Ah! Mon beau chateau!" and even a "Coin de culture" with details of French culture all work to present words and phrases in ways that capture the imagination and give them a context. At the back is a list of all the words, organized in order of their appearance in the book. There is also extended support from the website, http://www.polyglotkidz.com, which offers an audio version of the book, advice for parents, articles on learning foreign languages, activity sheets, recipes, a video to go with the art activity, and a game.

Whether you are a parent hoping to broaden your child's linguistic skills, or a teacher studying other cultures with your class - you will find Bonjour! Let's Learn French (and it's companion book, Hola! Let's Learn Spanish) a painless way to begin your journey. 

I received a copy of the book from the author for review purposes.


I greatly appreciate this French language learning book for children. French words are intricately woven into the charming stories in a way that gives children comprehensible bits of new language. There are engaging and relevant questions, activities, and exercises included throughout the book to help children practice their new French words and phrases in interesting ways. In addition, there are rich and interesting cultural points about geography and food in France which children will be intrigued by. Moreover, the colorful paintings, photos, and images provide a very attractive visual stimulation for the child or adult alike, and they are wisely placed throughout the book. This book leaves you wanting yet another story with more images, language, and cultural points!

Cat and Mouse reading.blogspot.co.uk

I like the way Bonjour! Let's Learn French addresses the child directly and incorporates French vocabulary within the English story at first. Linked to colourful but not overly busy illustrations, it is possible to acquire the French words within a context. The stories gradually extend the French vocabulary from single words, to phrases and a young child can identify with some of the situations within the stories, such as playing on the beach. Life in France is introduced and there are opportunities to practice and reinforce the language used within activities in different media- painting and singing. 
    Parents, grandparents and carers can share the book with their child no matter what their own knowledge of French might be. If they take advantage of the free audiobook version, they can listen to the pronunciation and stop the recording as they wish. The French vocabulary is only explained the first time it appears in the book but with repetition, the child can begin to acquire it naturally. It is also worth pointing out that there are downloadable worksheets and resources at the website Polyglotkidz.com.
Cat and Mouse say: Bonjour! 


Judy Martalay puts together a great story and incorporates an easy method for children to learn words in another tongue. The audio was easy to download and it was so fun to sit with my 8 and 10 year old and read it first without the audio companion and then with the companion so they could see how different the pronunciation was. My kids enjoyed the journey and it kept their attention the whole way through. If you are looking to introduce a second language to your child, this is a great way to go.

Normandy's Book Reviews

Book Review:
Buckle your seat belts for Pete the Pilot is not your ordinary airline pilot in the book, Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends. While in flight to France, Pete teaches his young passengers some important French words to help them navigate around the country easier. And, that is only the beginning of the adventure. While at the beach, the children, Arlette, Jacques, Marie and Pierre unwittingly construct a special château (castle) and help make a little escargot’s (snail’s) dream of being King come true.

The beginning of the book transports the reader to France, while the following pages incorporate some lessons in elementary French language use. Ms. Martialay has added practice exercises for the reader to learn colors, objects, days of the week, art, music, and the culture to help the reader further expand in French speaking skills.  An adventure with Louis the escargot, who goes into town and must use French to get around, adds to the reader’s practice for using the French language.  The one thing Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends could use would be a breakdown on how to properly pronounce the French words.

The illustrations in Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends are displayed in a variety of tones – from light pastels, to vibrant colors that leap off the page. One cannot help but to develop a love for snails after seeing the adorable drawings of Louis the Escargot. It is quite evident Ms. Martialay is very talented when putting brush in hand. To add further flavor to the book are actual pictures of some delicious French food, along with the French flag and a few other surprises.

If you or your child want to begin to learn French, then Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends, is the perfect book to get you started. Au revoir! (Goodbye!)

The Old Schoolhouse

Bonjour! Let’s Learn French with Pete the Pilot and Louis l’escargot Review by Karen Waide

Judy Martialay
Polyglotkidz Press

I love when I find new resources to help the children and I learn foreign languages. We tend to focus on Spanish quite a bit, but my oldest homeschooled daughter, who is 11, really wants to learn French. I admit I jumped at the chance to review Bonjour! Let’s Learn French by Judy Martialay, a retired foreign language teacher who has devoted her time to public advocacy for foreign language education. It seemed like the perfect book to share with the children as they are all in, or close to, the recommended age range of 6-10 years old. My youngest son is six, while the girls are seven and a half, nine and a half, and just turned eleven. I figured we would enjoy it, seeing as we had recently had the opportunity to review Mrs. Martialay’s other foreign language book ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish.

We received the soft cover, 35-page book to read, plus there is free access to the audio of the book on their website, among other wonderful resources for the parent. I immediately downloaded the audio as recommended so we could have the book read to us the first few times, which really helped us learn the pronunciation, so we could attempt to read it ourselves. We really enjoyed having the opportunity to hear the French words read by a native speaker.

There are six sections in the book, plus an acknowledgments page at the back of the book titled “Merci beaucoup.” The sections are as follows:

  • Bonjour! (Hello!)
  • Louis, l’escargot (Louis the Snail)
  • C’est à toi! (It’s Your Turn!)
  • Coin de culture (Culture Corner)
  • Faisons un dessin impressionniste (Let’s Make an Impressionist Picture)
  • Les mots (Words)


The first section, Bonjour! (Hello!), is an introduction to the children from Pete the Pilot, who is taking the reader on a “trip” to France. Included in this section is a list of 15 common words/phrases, along with their translation. It is suggested to practice these words before “arriving” in France. You and your child will practice such words/phrases as: hello, how are you?, my name is…, please, thank you very much, good-bye, and the numbers 1-5.

After this two-page introduction, you will find the bulk of the book, the story titled “Louis, l’escargot.” The story begins with five children playing on the beach (à la plage), building an impressive sand castle (le château de sable). This castle is fit for a king, yet they do not have time to find one before they are called in for dinner. After night falls, we finally get to meet Louis, l’escargot. He is looking for a place to spend the night, and as you might have guessed, he spies the beautiful sand castle. He makes himself right at home, seating himself on the shell throne, and declaring himself the king. Before he can enjoy his dinner, his sandcastle is destroyed by a couple of animals. He ends up falling asleep, using his own shell, and in the morning the children see him in the wrecked castle. They rebuild the sand castle and decide Louis is the perfect king.

The neat thing about the way this story is presented to the children is that French words are included in the story, in bold letters, directly after the English words.  Then when the word/phrase is used later in the story the translation is no longer provided, requiring the reader to recall what was previously learned. Most words are used quite a few times, providing lots of repetition. When listening with the provided audio, there is a pause after the lady reads the French word(s) so that the child (and the parent) can repeat the word(s).

The next section, C’est à toi! (It’s Your Turn!), provides activities for more practice with the words already learned, plus quite a few new words and phrases. There are ten different activities for student and parent/teacher to participate it. You will have a chance to practice introducing yourselves to others, asking, “How are you?” and replying, learning the words for more people and things, along with figuring out where you might find these things (at the beach, at school, or at home). Then you can go on an actual “treasure hunt” to find different objects. Eight colors are taught, along with a couple of activities where you look at pictures and name the colors. Then there is a fun “L’expression du jou” section, where you write down how many times you say a specific French expression each day of the week. For example on Monday you are to find opportunities to use the expression “J’adore!/I love” and at the end of the day you write down how many times you say that expression. Each day has a different expression to focus on.

The final activity in this section is a skit called “Louis vaenville” or “Louis Goes to Town.” Louis the snail and his friends decide to go to town to go to the café, but they have trouble crossing the road because of all the fast traffic. The dialogue is given a line at a time, first in French and then in English. And more new words are introduced.

The next section is called Coin de culture (Culture Corner). Here the children will learn more about some of the cultural aspects that have been mentioned in the story. They will read about beaches, kings, the French flag, onion soup, and more. These are just short paragraphs to help children understand a bit more about what was read in the book. There is also a song to learn called “Ah! Mon beau château!” or “Oh! My Beautiful Castle!”

The section titled Faisons un dessin impressionniste (Let’s Make an Impressionist Picture) gives some information about impressionism and gives you a chance to create some impressionist works of art.

The final section, Les mots (Words) lists each of the just over 100 French words learned in the book, along with the translations.

The children and I enjoyed listening to the story multiple times. It is such a cute story. I would hold the book so the children could see it, while we listened to the author and native speaker read the story. After the native speaker said the words(s) in French, we repeated them. Having a chance to hear the French pronunciation was wonderful, seeing as I do struggle quite a bit with knowing how to pronounce words in foreign languages. After we had heard the story a couple of times, we completed the activities.  I really do appreciate the variety that are included.

There are several points I would like mention.

I do love the way the French words are introduced to us through reading a fun story.  I thought this was an ingenious way to help these words “stick” in our minds. We got to hear most of them multiple times, and I know how important repetition is for learning things. I do wish the additional words that are introduced in the skit had additional ways to practice with them either before, or even after the skit.  The children had a lovely time acting out the skit, but they had trouble memorizing the lines because they weren’t used to all the new words, especially because some are spoken rather quickly.

Another concern we came across was the time given for us to repeat the French words during the story and activities. Most of the time there is adequate time given; however, on occasion, the author continued reading the story before we had finished repeating the words/phrases.

I would love to see a downloadable copy of the skit and the Daily Expression chart included on the website, so each child would be able to have their own in order to make completing these activities easier.

I would also love to see a follow up to this book, where children (and parents) can practice the words learned while learning more and perhaps getting some lessons in the grammar that is being used.

Bonjour! Let’s Learn French! is a neat introduction for elementary age children who are learning French. Children can listen to a cute story and start memorizing French words right from the beginning. There are multiple activities to help reinforce the vocabulary, and children can learn about French culture. You can purchase the book for only $16.99, and there are wonderful free resources on the Polyglotkidz.com website, which I greatly appreciate.


- Product review by Karen Waide, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, February, 2018

The bookself blog

I usually don’t review children’s books, so I was a bit surprised when writer, illustrator and educator Judy Martialay sought me out to review her book Bonjour! Let’s Learn French. But being a bit of a Francophile and having a niece and nephew who are currently attending a French immersion school, Martialay’s request piqued my interest so I accepted her offer

Bonjour! Let’s Learn French follows the adventures of world traveler Pete the Pilot. Wherever he travels Pete learns the country’s language, so he can better communicate with a country’s citizens and make new friends. In this book Pete finds himself on a French beach where he meets several children and a certain snail named Louis l’escargot. This story is written in English with several key words within the story translated to French, including words like sand, beach, castle, children, which are in bold type. Though the story is quite short it packs in a lot of basic French translations children can recite as a parent reads to them or the child can read him or herself.

But Bonjour! Let’s Learn French offers a great deal more than a short story with English to French translations. It also offers quite a few activities that also help children learn French words and phrases. They include a skit which parents can play out with their children or can be done as a classroom activity. Another activity asks children to look at various people and objects within the book, their home and neighborhoods and translate them to French.

The musically inclined will enjoy a French song in the book and the artsy set will discover their inner Monet or Renoir have fun making their own impressionistic painting, both activities fully explained in the book.

And for convenience sake, Martialay provides a glossary of French to English translations at the end of the book just in case.

Interspersed throughout! Let’s Learn French are Martialay’s cute illustrations and various photographs of people, places and things one might find during a French holiday, including the buildings, art work, the French flag, cafes, and one of my personal favorites, French cuisine, including French onion soup and various French pastries like croissants.

Bonjour! Let’s Learn is for children ages six through 12. Though I think some older children might consider this book to be a bit babyish if they’ve been studying French since they were very little like my niece and nephew. However, I think it’s an ideal book for children learning French for the first time and it’s a way to bond with their parents, too. And, no parents, you don’t have to be fluent in French.

As for school teachers, I think a lot of them will welcome a book like Bonjour! Let’s Learn French in their classrooms, whether the French language is a part of their curriculum or not. We live in a very global world and a book that not only teaches children a foreign language but also about a foreign culture can only be an asset to their learning.




A great resource for homeschoolers or any parent who wants to expose younger children to a foreign language.
The story is easy to follow and the full color drawings are appealing. A downloadable audio version is available on the polyglotkidz website so if you don't speak French, no problem. A native speaker reads the French part. The storyline is simple, but exposes the child to various aspects of French culture. There are activities and a glossary of the vocabulary words at the back. A great starter book!

Yet another blogging mummy

These books are a little bit different, in that they are sold as the books, but then you are encouraged to download the audio to go alongside. This is what I tried to do, but I ended up with technical issues, so I resorted to downloading the audio onto my laptop whilst the books were on the iPad. Once I had this work-around tested, I joined in with the boys to read the books. They are written with a mixture of English and either French or Spanish. The audio was very helpful, as we were able to take time to pause and repeat at any point. Also there are useful pages for both books aimed at parents on the website.

Son1 chose to review the French book. This is a language he started learning in nursery at age 2, so he is now quite proficient. I quickly realised that he was not enjoying listening to the English parts of the audio, so we turned off the audio and focussed just on the book. However he still wasn’t particularly engaged and this is what he had to say about the book.
I found this wasn’t really for me as it is too young because I know it all. I would suggest it is aimed at under age 10.

I would have given it a 5*, but as this is primarily son1's review, we've gone with his rating.

This is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are mine and my son's own.

homeschool ways blog

Bonjour! Let’s Learn French

Even if you cannot speak French, you could pick up Bonjour! Let’s Learn French (not an affiliate link) and stimulate your children’s neurons for a few good months. This relatively short book can function as your French curriculum for at least six weeks.

Bonjour! Let's Learn French

A new resource to learn French, for ages 6-10.

How is that possible? You have the free audio version online at PolyglotKidz.com. A native speaker of French pronounces all the French words and sentences in the book, so you don’t have to. A native speaker of English pronounces all the English words in the book, so you don’t have to.

On the same page, you will find a whole unit study on French culture and food, as well as games to practice your new vocabulary. French for parents is another feature on the website, where practical advice is given for – you guessed it – parents.

The other thing I really like on PolyglotKidz.com are the activity sheets. One of them in particular lets us set up a schedule for repeating one French phrase per day. At the end of the day, you record how many times you used that particular expression.

I have been waiting for this book for about two years. If you remember, I reviewed its sister, Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish, a similar book for Spanish. The author of both books, Judy Martialay, a retired foreign language teacher from New York, has come through for us with a volume for French this time.

Inside Bonjour! Let's Learn French

Inside Bonjour! Let’s Learn French

In Bonjour! Let’s Learn French, children meet Pete the Pilot, who takes them to France. During this imaginary trip, they learn some useful French phrases. Another character in the book is Louis l’escargot (the snail). The game on the website involves Louis and his love of croissants. It’s a lot of fun!

The book is a mixture of English and French and the chapters change format, so nobody gets bored of a particular routine. You know how most foreign language textbooks follow the same format for every lesson? First the new words, then the text, reading comprehension questions, and a bit of grammar. Next lesson, same drill. After about three weeks of this, no wonder so many people give up on learning another language.

That’s why I like Bonjour! Let’s Learn French. Every chapter switches things around. At some point, you learn about life in France and impressionist art, for example. You also learn how to make an impressionist-style picture with oil pastels.

Your effort as a homeschool teacher is minimal. Purchase the book, open the book, click Play on the audio version of the book online. Sit back and relax. You do have to ensure your children repeat the French expressions during the pauses on the recording.

Repetition is key. So come back to this book regularly and you should find it easier to pronounce and understand every time. Just like with anything else, learning a language can get exciting at times and boring at times. As long as you persevere, you are setting yourself up for success.


BONJOUR! Let's Learn French, by Judy Martialay, is the second book in the Visit New Places and Make New Friends series. (¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish is book one.) This softcover book is available as a softcover or ebook, and contains an interconnected story and learning experience for young readers as well as their parents.

Once again, we visit with Pete the Pilot. Pete takes readers on a journey to France, introducing them to new friends and discoveries.

The story, told in present tense, begins with brothers and sisters, Arlette, Marie, Jacques, and Pierre, building a sand château (castle) on the beach.

That evening, after the children leave for dinner, Louis the snail comes upon the castle and makes himself comfortable. Things soon go awry, and when the children return the next day they have a lot of work to do.

This book is a treasure trove of information of the French culture, and pronunciation of colors, days of the week, common sayings, and much more. There’s a link included in the book, directing readers to listen to an online audio version of the book, as well as recipes, a parent’s page, and more. The audio version allows children and parents to hear the correct pronunciation of the French words as they read along.

I adore educational books for children. Childhood curiosity leads to knowledge, and educating our young ones on cultural and language differences provides a wonderful growth opportunity. (And the younger the better!)

Bonjour! Let’s Learn French delivers opportunities to for children and adults to learn commonly used French words, phrases, customs, and activities, all while reading an entertaining tale. Magnifique! 

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Title: Like
Target Age: 6-10
Publisher: Polyglotzkidz Press
Pages: 35
ISBN: 978-0997468700
I received a complimentary copy of this book.


This is a great book for elementary age children to use to learn French. Pete the pilot takes the kids on a trip to France where they learn about the country and the language. It tells the stories in English but adds French words for some of the key words. So they learn French in context. The stories are really cute and interesting and kept my daughter interested enough to want to learn more. There is a treasure hunt and directions for making an impressionistic painting! Vocabulary words are also listed. It is a very interactive book and I wish it had been around when I was a child because it would have helped to make learning French fun! It is a short but information packed book. Truly a great contribution to helping kids (and adults!) learn French.

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Ready to dive into French? With cute characters, fun, facts and a nice level of excitement held the whole way through, this book allows kids to get a great first glance into the language and some of the culture as well.

Although short, this book holds quite a bit to get started in the French language. Unlike many language books, which hit basic words and phrases with descriptions and let them mount into sentences along the way, this starts with a tale. By plopping French terms into a story, and then letting flow right along with the English ones, its easy to pick up the words and fun too. Pete, Louis and the rest of the characters keep this book from getting dry and make it wonderful for the intended audience level. . .and adults as well.

After the tale, there are exercises, more words and even a bit about French culture and such. So readers get a basic glimpse into France. While readers can dive into the book themselves, this one works better if there is some nearby to help with questions. The story in the first part works well for readers to grab the French terms on their own, but the other sections will require a little assistance at times. The set-up of the book fits especially well for a homeschooling environment or parents wanting to assist their children with French at home. The audio version available on the author's website is highly recommend, since it offers assistance on pronunciation. If the adult or helper does not have a basic grip on French themselves, the audio version is necessary.

This is a fun dive into learning French, and the story technique used in the beginning earns bonus points. But it's not great to hand kids on their own, but rather should be seen as a nice and very fun tool to dive into the language.


This is one of the most informative, well-written children's tutorials I've ever had the pleasure to review. As a former teacher, I was impressed by how many additional teaching tools Judy Martialay included with the base story. Imagine being provided with a skit, a cute song, and a short art lesson on impressionistic painting - none of which you had to create for yourself to extend the story. Martialay has done teachers everywhere a big favor by including these value-added features.

The story is about four friends and their trip to the beach. They build a large sand castle, which is discovered that evening by a snail, Louis. He promptly moves in and crowns himself king! His joy in his new home is short lived because a dog chasing a cat down the beach destroys his new home. Find out more by reading the book.

What I liked best about this book is the way Martialay incorporates English and French seamlessly. As a adult struggling to learn French, it's tiresome to have to stop, consult my French-English dictionary, and go back to reading. Whenever a word in French is introduced in the story for the first time, it is preceded by its English equivalent.

Another bonus included with the books is access to more free teaching tools on Martialay's website. There's a special section for parents and some yummy recipes. All in all, this book is a winner and well worth the investment. It can be used by young as well as adult readers (I'm proof!) It deserves a place in the classroom, home-school, library or private collections.

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This is a wonderful way to introduce a child ( and perhaps an adult )  to the beautiful French language.  Parents, grandparents, and caretakers etc. should go to the website http://www.polyglotkidz.com and click on the Audio for Bonjour! Let's Learn French page to download the audio version  This way, they can listen and follow along with the book, stop and rewind when necessary. Th script for the pronunciation lesson is on that page.  The website also gives parental advice on how to best use the book along with interesting articles on learning French and other languages.  Also featured there are interactive activities for the whole family to enjoy.
 Pete the Pilot welcomes kids aboard his magic plane and off they go to discover and explore the wonderful language and culture of France. 
The language in the book has been kept simple so that overall the book is an uplifting, pleasant experience and a fun way for kids to learn a new language.  Soft coloured illustrations are woven throughout the story to visually bring the words to life.  I think this book would be a great addition in a classroom setting and definitely in an elementary school library.  Storywraps recommends this book and the author's previous book in Spanish.  


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Think learning a language is too hard for your children? Think again! Bonjour! Let’s Learn French by retired foreign language teacher, Judy Martialay, is a delight to read and makes learning French fun. With Pete the Pilot as our guide, he takes us through the basics of French while doing and seeing what kids find interesting in France.


We learn fun ways to incorporate French into our everyday lives. There’s also a fun play to act out as well as a French song to sing. With a comprehensive pronunciation guide paired with colorful illustrations, you and your children will be speaking fluent French in no time.


There’s also tons more to do on the website so be sure to check it out.


While reading this book, it reminded me of when I was seven and learned French for the first time. My teacher, like Judy Martialay, made it fun to learn and speak French. Some of the songs I can still sing today.


If you’re one of the parents contemplating French immersion for your child/children, start with this book. It’s a must-read!


Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.  


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Bonjour! Let's Learn French
Judy Martialay, author/illustrator
PolyglotKidz Kids Press
9780997468700, $16.99, PB, 35pp, www.polyglotkidz.com

"Bonjour! Let's Learn French" is a refreshing, creative introduction to French language and culture for kids ages 6-10. Part of a popular language educational series, "Bonjour!" begins the learning adventure with an introduction to Pete the Pilot who takes the children on a magic airplane ride to meet Louis l'escargot (France's favorite snail) and follow his adventure, which includes fun activities incorporating French vocabulary plus many other ideas for creative activities that reinforce learning about speaking French and enjoying French culture. The intriguing narrative of "Bonjour!" unfolds with embedded French vocabulary and frequent lists and picture clues to meanings of each word. Many fun activities are encountered on the way, each incorporating aspects of speaking or understanding French. Some of the fun features include a skit (Louis va en ville/ Louis Goes to Town), Coin de culture (Culture Corner), Chanson (song), Faisons un dessin impressionniste (Let's Make an Impressionist Picture), and Les mots (Words), French vocabulary words organized by chapter. "Bonjour!" is a cheery, creative approach to learning a new language and culture for kids ages 6-10.

Discovering the world through my son's eyes: French learning resources for kids

in with Bonjour! Let’s Learn French is geared towards kids ages 6-10 years old, and it is to be used in conjunction with the audio available on the website.   The audio begins with a fun French musical intro and the author’s welcome with instructions on how to best use the book.   This one-of-a-kind picture book invites the reader to board Pete the Pilot’s magic plane where the kids will take a trip to France.   They will meet a new friend Louis, and there’s also a skit that your child can use to practice with family and friends.  Language and culture go hand-in-hand and Judy has done a superb job by including the culture corner in the book. My favorite section of this book is the list of words! Conveniently and readily available you’ll find a section to practice vocabulary words from the book.  Bonjour! Let’s Learn French! Is indeed a great introduction to the French language.  Both my son and I enjoyed learning new words,  now if only we can actually hop on Pete’s magic plane?  

Disclosure:   I received this book for purposes of a review.  All opinions are mine, and I only review books that I truly believe in. This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase I will receive a small monetary compensation at no cost to you.   Thank you! 

Below you’ll find a list of resources to get you and your loved ones ready to learn French.

Diana from Ladydeelg is a mother raising trilingual children! She has some great resources for little ones:

French for preschoolers

5 Toy to Practice French Vocabulary

Lunch Notes in French {Free Printables}

5 French movies to check out on Netflix

French learning resources: 5 great TpT stores

Open Wide the World and Mundo de Pepita have some great resources on Teachers Pay Teachers for a reasonable cost you can get some good quality French material.   You’ll be in Pinterest heaven with this Pinterest Board from The Piri Piri Lexicon.  How about kids radio station in French?  French music for kids Trilingual Children has a great post on kids radio stations.  What kid doesn’t love cartoons? Kid World Citizen shares YouTube videos of French cartoon for kids.

Another great activity is to learn a new language and its culture is cooking with kids. From  Multicultural Kid Blogs you’ll find  5 French Recipes to Cook with Kids and 2 French Recipes for a Light Lunch.

Last but not least, my friend Leanna from All Done Monkey has a great post on learning French as a family!

For more information on Bonjour! Let’s Learn French you can visit the author on her websiteFacebook or Twitter.


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Every want to learn a new language but it a bit hard to learn and remember. Well then this book is good for you and your family if they want to learn French. The book is called “Bonjour! Let Learn French” is a good beginner book for children and adults that have a hard time learning French.

You will lean some words in French like the days of week and Colors. It more of story with a learning guide to learn some words in French. You will learn “My Name is” in friend. You can act out skit in French with a friend or friends. You will also learn some words that goes along with beach and learning a boy and girl in French.

Think is really good to have on your child bookshelves or even in your child school so that they can learn new words and a new languages. It good for though that are going on trip and to have for your child or children learning the words while on a plane or in the car. Maybe your parent that want all kinds of educational books for your child or children. This book is good for that as well.

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I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

What I liked most about this book was the free downloadable audio version which includes how to pronounce French words in the book.  There is also a read-along, which may encourage children to study on their own.

If you buy this book, and download all of the activity sheets, and read the tips for parents, your child will learn French, basic French, easily, if you study along with him or her.  Or even just sit in the room with them while they listen and read along.  There’s even a good lesson on how to paint the impressionist technique!  Also, in the back of the book, there is a list of words introduced in the book, organized by chapter.  All in all, it’s a thorough basic French course for your child. (or even beginner adults!)

What I liked least about this book was the difficulty I had in navigating the website. I’m a grandma, so maybe that has a lot to do with it, but eventually I figured out what to do at polyglotkidz.com.

Review Tales by Jeyran Main

Bonjour! is an English book that teaches French to children. This children’s book is a good resource to use to introduce French terms. The work also enables practices and workbooks in order for the parents to practice the language with their kids. There is a delightful song in the storybook as well making it even more enjoyable to read.

I understand the author’s intention was to create something for kids in a colorful format. As I read through the book, I felt happy to see that such books are now being written and provided for families that wish to introduce a different language into their child’s life.

I believe the book would have been more vibrant if it also introduced more French culture and had references to its history. It did have a culture corner addition to it. However, I would have liked more. The book also comes with a downloadable audible.

Pete, the pilot, pretends to fly and meets Louis l’escargot, a snail. The two then spend an adventure like no other creating a pleasant experience for children and parents.

I recommend this book to parents that are looking to teach their children a different language.

Written by Jeyran Main

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   Pete, the pilot, is a world traveler. His friends speak many different languages. Pete decided to  learn each language. 

   With a fun story and terrific pictures, this book will keep your child engaged and learning. The book makes it easy to learn French. Your child will enjoy learning French.  It may even help parents to learn a new language. 

    I did find one issue. I feel like this book is suited for late elementary age children. It's perhaps a bit ambitious for any younger littles. 


Another great beginning language book by author Judy Martialay. This time she has written BONJOUR! Let’s Learn French to share a bit of French culture with children while teaching them some French vocabulary words. All of this is accomplished as we follow two children playing at the beach. There is even a fun, fantasy story about Louis l’escargot, who happens upon the sand castle the children had made, and decides it is the perfect place to live. The book includes pages to practice French, picture vocabulary pages, a song and an art project. There is nothing within the book to tell the reader how to pronounce any of the French words, but the author has included a link to a downloadable audio version of the entire book. I don’t know French at all, but the audio version was very easy to follow. I definitely recommend this book for parents to read with their children, using the audio version, to learn a bit a French.


Another great beginning language book by author Judy Martialay. This time she has written BONJOUR! Let’s Learn French to share a bit of French culture with children while teaching them some French vocabulary words. All of this is accomplished as we follow two children playing at the beach. There is even a fun, fantasy story about Louis l’escargot, who happens upon the sand castle the children had made, and decides it is the perfect place to live. The book includes pages to practice French, picture vocabulary pages, a song and an art project. There is nothing within the book to tell the reader how to pronounce any of the French words, but the author has included a link to a downloadable audio version of the entire book. I don’t know French at all, but the audio version was very easy to follow. I definitely recommend this book for parents to read with their children, using the audio version, to learn a bit a French.

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This is a short story of Louis, a French snail on the beach who finds himself the king of a sandcastle build by some kids who were there for a day of fun.  It’s a fun story and I could see my kids build a structure for one of our plentiful neighbourhood snails.

But how can you introduce your children to a language you may not speak yourself?  Not to worry, there is an audio download available to accompany the book in which the French is narrated by a native French speaker so children will learn the correct accents and intonation of the language.  I’ve had the audio book playing in the background while the children are playing or working on other projects so the sounds of the language become familiar to them.

fter the main story, there is much more to this book!

  • A dictionary where you can find all the French phrases used in this book.
  • French phrases – such as introductions, how are you, colours, and some additional words.
  • A treasure hunt.
  • A chart to use to encourage children to use a phrase a day in French.
  • There’s a 2-page skit for children to have some fun.
  • Culture Corner – learn about France as well as some other places that French is spoken.
  • There’s a song to learn and sing.
  • Art – make an impressionist picture while learning art techniques and the words for colours in French.

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Learning a language can be fun.  Judy's beautifully illustrated book brings French to the forefront and lets children learn while enjoying a fun story.  The remainder of the book contains pages to present groups of words, like colors and foods, and then several activities.  I found the teaching concepts to be well done.  I highly recommend this book.


Bonjour! Let's Learn French is packed full of information and French vocabulary presented in such a simple format that it makes what could be very complex feel workable. With photos and drawn pictures, vocabulary lists and short informational sections about French history, the combination of presentations keeps readers' attention. There is an audio link with the pronounciation, which is very helpful. It is colorful and alive!


I reviewed Bonjour! Let's Learn French with my seven-year-old daughter. We read through it and listened to the audio together. The short sections and different styles appealed to her. As a mother and a teacher, I thought this book was informative yet simple enough that I didn't lose her in the activity. It kept her attention and her interest. That is HUGE! It is an enjoyable beginning for the study of French. Merci! 

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A book that introduces young readers to the French language and the surface culture of the country.
Bonjour! Let's Learn French Visit New Places and Make New Friends is a picture book with many educational layers. It begins with Pete the Pilot preparing us for a plane ride to France. Once we arrive, we meet a group of young children building sand castles on the beach. 
Shortly after they leave, a snail named Louis, l' escargot moves in and declares himself king. Unfortunately, Louis' reign is cut short when a cat and dog run over the castle and trample it. But, all is not lost. 
When the children return the next day, they repair Louis' castle and shout their support for his reign. Long live King Louis, L'escargot! Vive le Roi Louis, l'escargot!
In a focused and seamless way, Martialay, weaves vocabulary, simple phrases and the surface culture of the French into the book. Prior to the story is an introductory list of targeted French vocabulary words and practical exercises to develop your skill set after.
A feature teacher's will appreciate is Martialay's additional French lessons in art, geography, and literacy. There is even a song and a skit for students to perform. Since the book includes everything for a well-rounded and comprehensive theme, it makes lesson planning easy.
As a person who knows very little French, I enjoyed the effortless way, Martialay, peppered French words into the story. It was easy to follow along and fun to learn new words without being forced to memorize them. Repetition of the target words is much more effective than rote memorization and causes them to naturally stick in your head.  
I would recommend reading the book to the accompanying audio version available on Martialay's website. It is a wonderful resource for learning the correct pronunciation of the French words and has some characteristically French music.
The book is intended for 6-10 years olds but with careful preparation it could easily be used in a Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom.

As an early childhood teacher, I give the book an A+ for cohesiveness, accessibility and it's educational value in teaching children about different cultures.
I give it 4 shiny stars!



We have received a wide variety of books to review. From audio books, short eBooks, to the plenty of picture books and it has been great! None were quite like Bonjour! Let's Learn French. Author Judy Martialay is retired from teaching foreign languages for 30+ years, and you can see her talents early in opening the book!

Judy does a great job causally presenting French words through her story. As I’ve learned in bring our own kids to the beach, sand castles are something all children love from day one. While your child reads about other kids building their castle (château) and their friend king Louis (Le Roi Louis), they will be introduced to simple French words. Want to take it a step further? Judy has a great website with the audio book and a section for parents that gives advice on how to best use the book! The illustrations offer color, details, and sparks for their imagination.

But the book does not end with the story! Oh là là! The book also offers pages and pages of simple words to learn and practice as a family. I would call this half story and half workbook for the basics in speaking French. So, if you are ready to learn colors, days of the week, or a little more about French history, then pick up your copy of Bonjour! Let's Learn Frenchtoday!

Judy is a member of the Public Advocacy Committee of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers. With her books, she wants every child to have the opportunity to have an early and fun start learning languages. Judy has been painting oils for over 20 years. Her paintings can be seen on the website below. She previously illustrated ¡Hola! Let's Learn Spanish. She lives on the North Shore of Long Island with her husband.

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