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Puppy Finds a Friend - Big Book CD-ROM

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eCD CD-ROM for Pack 1

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eCD CD-ROM for Pack 2

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List of titles - guide to level/ age suitability

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I can read German!

Not just a recorded story -
YOU have control over how the story is told:

  • Step-through the story at a pace to suit your class.
  • Go back if you want, or pause to discuss.
  • HEAR the native-speaker storyteller...
  • ...as you SEE the German text line-by-line.
  • Text can be switched off
  • Words can be highlighted as you hear them.
  • Hear any line repeated...
  • ...or see an English version if you want.
Click 'Play' arrow to see a short demonstration...
Children love these warm and humorous stories and
the enchanting colour illustrations by very talented illustrators.
They are ideal for for whole-class or group reading-and-listening, and provide a rich "mine" of language to talk about.

The carefully controlled parallel German-English texts with lots of repetition
makes them perfect for young language learners taking their first steps in reading German.

Build oracy and literacy skills - KS2 Framework for MFL

Children have fun joining in with the story, discovering they can work out what is going on in unfamiliar language.

Games and activities help them begin to read and pronounce new words with confidence.

They can even try writing their own story!

What's on each CD-ROM?

Each CD-ROM includes the story, Teacher's Notes and lots of interactive activities:

  • - spot silent letters
  • - sentence from jumbled words
  • - Hangman
  • - Simon Says!
  • - Spot the sound (phonemes)
  • - Storyquiz
  • - Story Starter
  • - Find word types (nouns, etc)
  • - electronic flashcards



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GUIDE to age suitability of German Big Book CD-ROMs
Suitable for...
Language content
Cross-curricular themes
Happy Birthday

counting, colours, exclamations


I Want My Banana

jungle animals, food

environment, conservation

Puppy Finds a Friend

farm animals, excuses

Farming, animal welfare

What's for Supper?

food, shopping, likes/dislikes

Food, cooking.




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German Talking Big Book CD-ROM

What's for Supper?


Puppy Finds a Friend


finger puppet set

I Want My Banana


finger puppet set

Happy Birthday


Computer requirements for CD-ROMs:
Works with Windows 95 or later, inc. XP and Vista
Windows PC
Works with Mac OS from 8.6 up; OS 10 in Classic mode, up to 10.4 (BLUE=OK for Intel Macs)
* For titles marked as 'OK for Intel Macs'
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Ideal for all electronic whiteboards and data projectors
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The "Talking Big Book CD-ROM" series is made using HyperStudio, the award-winning multimedia authoring program that is simple for classroom use.

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