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French Spiritual Songs

Teach Me Tapes, Inc.

If you enjoy Teach Me French and Teach Me More French, here is something new for you! French Spiritual Songs is a collection of songs, prayers, and stories for Christian families. The coloring book with script and lyrics is divided into four sections: Sunday School, Bible Camp, Vacation Bible School, and Moments of Prayer. The format of this book and CD set is very similar to the original Teach Me French kits. Listen, read along, and color as Marie and Pierre explain in very clear French where they are going and what they are doing. Many of the songs they sing are typical American Sunday School songs in French: "Zacchaeus", "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands", "Jesus Loves the Little Children", "This Little Light of Mine", "The Arky Song", and many more. Adults and children sing most of these in both French and English. In addition to songs, there are several Bible stories, including that of Jesus walking on the water. During Bible Camp, Marie and Pierre explain, in French, how to make two craft projects: a tissue paper cross and a cotton ball lamb. Both a mealtime blessing and the Lord's Prayer are recited.

Translations are included at the back of the book, but be aware that song translations are not literal. Although beginning French students might enjoy listening to the CD, it will probably be the most helpful for intermediate language learners. However, while the language usage is more advanced than Teach Me More French, the content will probably appeal mostly to young children who are familiar with these kinds of songs and activities.

As with any Christian material, some topics may conflict with your family's understanding of Scripture. At one point, Pierre asks the children if they know the names of the saints. The children respond with names such as Saint Catherine, Saint Monica, and Saint Peter ("He has the keys to paradise!" one of the children responds.) In addition, the bedtime prayer is directed toward the child's guardian angel.

This delightful collection of Bible songs, stories, and prayers will add a measure of Christian vocabulary and worship to your French study. Louez l'Eternel!

-- Product Review by Heather Jackowitz, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, January, 2006

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