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Giveaway: Il était une Fois une Maison

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 22, 2010

For all of you that speak French, or would like to speak French, we have three copies of Il était une Fois une Maison to giveaway. Each one will be signed by the author, Dulce Rodrigues, and the illustrator.

Reading level: Ages 7-12

Paperback: 40 pages

Book overview: Lonely, lost somewhere in the middle of nature and forgotten by everybody, a House has one day the joy of seeing different guests coming little by little with the seasons and building there a new life… Mrs Spider, Mrs and Mr Mouse, Mrs Duck and her ducklings, then the big gray and white Cat, the Ewe, even the Ants and the Bees, all this little community shares this same place and lives peacefully. But to their misfortune, this agreeable quietude is one day suddenly disturbed by the arrival of Man and his faithful friend, the Dog! What lesson will Man have to learn so as to become less selfish and more respectful of nature?

This book has 18 black and white illustrations. When coloring the illustrations, children will personalize their own book.

About the author: Dulce Rodrigues was born in Lisbon, Portugal. After a professional career that took her to other cities and countries, she now spends her life either traveling or among books; writing for children is for her a rewarding challenge and an engaging act of creation. She has university courses in the field of science as well as languages and literature, and she was awarded scholarships by the Goethe-Institute and by NATO. A few of her children’s tales and stories were awarded literary prizes in France at European level contests. She speaks six living languages and writes regularly in at least three.

Following the publication some years ago in Belgium of her first book for children, Dulce Rodrigues created the children’s project www.barry4kids.net that opened the way to collaborations in different European countries, namely France, Belgium, Luxembourg and even Romania. Her books have been published in more than one European country, and performances of her children’s play “Penguin and the Fig Tree” have already taken place in Romania and Luxembourg; of “Father Christmas has the Flu” in Portugal; and of her recent play script “There is a party up in the Sky”, also in Luxembourg.

Author’s website: www.dulcerodrigues.info

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment in the comments field below.
  • An extra entry will be given for each time you twitter about the giveaway and/or blog about it. You will need to paste the link in a separate comment to make this entry valid. Click here to follow us on Twitter.
  • Maximum entries: Three (3)

Giveaway Rules:

  • Shipping Guidelines: This book giveaway is open to participants with a United States or International address.
  • Giveaway begins September 22, 2010, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends October 20, 2010, at 11:59 P.M. PST, when all entries must be received. No purchase necessary. See official rules for details.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • I’d love to win a French kid’s book!

    September 22, 2010
  • Je parle un peu de Francais…. me chercher!
    This would be so much fun… reading to the kids!

    September 22, 2010
  • My daughter speaks French fluently, and I would love to win this book for her. It would give her another chance to expose my grandson to other languages. He is taking Spanish lessons at school at four years of age. Maybe he will have the opportunity to take French lessons in the near future.

    Thank you,


    September 22, 2010
  • I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/25244631414

    Thank you,


    September 22, 2010
  • I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/25253194737

    Thank you,


    September 22, 2010
    • Thank you so much for tweeting about the book. A play is always a good text for learning a language, because dialogues are everyday talk. Good luck.

      October 5, 2010
  • Please enter me! 🙂

    September 22, 2010
  • Two of my daughters have taken French,so we would love to win a book in French that isn’t a textbook…this would actually be more fun for them to read.I’m so glad to see books in another language as a giveaway,I think this is fantastic!

    September 26, 2010
    • And I’m sure they’d love the story. Learning another language is a voyage of exploration. Good luck.

      October 5, 2010
  • Just posted the giveaway on my blog…here is the direct link to it- http://thesecherishedmoments.blogspot.com/2010/10/another-great-french-book-giveaway.html

    My daughters and i are really hoping to win these books.We are so excited about seeing them. 🙂

    October 10, 2010
  • Merci beaucoup! What a wonderful prize. This would be so perfect for my nieces and nephew who live in Switzerland and are fluent in French and English.
    Ziggywag at yahoo dot com

    October 14, 2010
  • I’m following you on Twitter and http://twitter.com/Ziggywag/status/27391998072 I tweeted!!

    October 14, 2010
  • Would like this for little Kaylie.

    October 15, 2010
  • Great way to introduce a new language

    October 15, 2010

    October 16, 2010
  • I’d love to win this! I volunteer to give my son’s preschool class French lessons each week and this would be a great resource.

    October 17, 2010
  • I think it’s great that the illustrations are black and white.

    October 17, 2010
  • For my niece Hannah!

    October 19, 2010
  • Would love to brush up on my French with this.

    October 19, 2010
  • This looks to be a wonderful book, and I do speak French. And when our kids are a little older, we are going to encourage them in every way we can to study foreign languages, so this would be fantastic for our family. Merci!

    October 20, 2010
  • Sorry, it’s a bit late, I know, but I just blogged about this giveaway. Here’s the link to my post: http://lemonandrose.blogspot.com/2010/10/if-you-or-your-kids-speak-french-or-you.html.

    October 20, 2010
  • Three winners have been drawn for this fab French book:


    Ed Nemmers said: For my niece Hannah!

    Renee Alam says: Two of my daughters have taken French,so we would love to win a book in French that isn’t a textbook…this would actually be more fun for them to read.I’m so glad to see books in another language as a giveaway,I think this is fantastic!

    Thank you to all who entered! This giveaway is now closed.

    October 29, 2010
  • It’s a very good book. Recommended 🙂


    July 26, 2011

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