International Mother Language Day 2012 we have decided to repeat the event with another reading of Eric Carle's book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". A creative activity for pre-schoolers and morning tea will also be part of the morning event.
We love this colourful and simple book. It gives a phantastic opportunity to learn, repeat and practice the colours and lower numbers in many languages. Last time we read the book in German, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. This time we hope to add a few more community languages, including Chinese, Italian, Hebrew and Indonesian. We will actually read it in as many languages as we can organise native speakers to be part of the event.
We also would like to initiate simultaneous story time sessions all over Australia on this book. Last time we only used the big book in English to show the pages. Following each page the native speaker reads out the words in the native language as the pages were turned by the reader or by a helper. It worked very well and was a good way to overcome difficulties in locating the actual physical book in the other languages.
The book was originally written in German. Watch Eric Carle himself read the book in German "Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt."
T We found texts in various languages on the internet and here are some of the resources we used:
Here is a lovely French version of "La chenille qui fait des trou" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBpHkMgWld8&feature=related
Here is the Spanish version: Oruga Muy Hambrienta
The Portuguese title is "A lagartinha comilona". The pages are available here:
Irma from Bilingual Families Perth