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Book review: Berta e Girolamo by Gionata Bernasconi

First reading – from 6 year old.

Italian only.

“Who is the most beautiful animal in the forest?”. Our good friends Berta the Giraffe says ‘I’ and Girolamo the Hippo says ‘No, me!’. But when they learn that a hunter wants to capture the most beautiful animal, then all of a sudden Berta wants to become like her friend hippo who is ugly and silly, and hippo wants to become like the Giraffe who is neither beautiful nor intelligent. At last they are safe………………..until a tiger comes around and hunts the most stupid animal of the forest!
Amusing story about the sometimes difficult topic of ‘identity’. Your child will enjoy laughing at Berta’s and Girolamo’s vicissitudes.

The book won the 1st Prize at the Prix VERGHERETO

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Dinosaurs are coming to Perth

During the school holidays take your children back in time when the dinosaurs ruled the earth.

Be prepared to be amazed by the T-Rex and the Triceratops.

Pre-bookings are available on


Get ready for this adventure with a few books:


*Histoires de dinosaures a lire a mon petit garçon

*Les dinosaures

*Dinosaures a construire

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*Dinosaurios! (14/08/18 update – out of print)

*En el tiempo de los dinosaurios (14/08/18 update – out of print)

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*5 amici contro il T-Rex

*Il Dinosauri da toccare

*Incredibili Dinosauri

*I Dinosauri

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*O mundo dos dinossauros

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Enjoy and happy reading!

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Activity books for an active summer

A few ideas to keep your children busy this summer while having fun and keep practising German, French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese.



  • Le cahier de vacances du dico des filles‘ is full of fun activities such as crosswords, mysteries to solve, short stories, sentences to finish…. for 12+
  • Dinosaures a construire‘ is an amazing book that will give interesting facts about the dinosaures and children get to make one in a 3D puzzle.
  • Cherche et trouve a la ferme‘, open the page flap on the right hand side and discover the items that you will need to find on the very busy double page. For example, find the cow among sheep and other animals in the farm. Also in the same series ‘Cherche et trouve dans la savane’ 
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  • Comme un grand j’observe, je joue, j’apprends: Louloup va au marche‘, activity book offering plenty hours of fun with colouring ins, stickers….Also in the same series ‘Souricette va au marche’


  • First words sticker book English-French‘, great way to learn with repositionable stickers.
  • Chloe poupee a habiller‘, activity book with colouring in and stickers, where you have to dress up the girl according to what she is doing. In the same series ‘Zoe’, ‘Emma’, ‘Rose’….
  • Mike the knight jeux et coloriages‘, activity book with word games, colouring ins and stickers. Based on the cartoon character.
  • ‘100 missions pour un espion’, awesome book with many activities, tricks and mysteries to solve.


  • ‘Mes premieres lettres’ and ‘Mes premiers chiffres’, great way to get your child to practise his writing skills with the reusable book, wipe it out clean and start again.
  • ‘Bloc de jeux la Reine des neiges’, ‘bloc de jeux Cars’, ‘mes jeux en bloc’, are a collection of handy size notepads with many games and activities.


  • ‘Mots croises dans la nature’ and ‘mots croises en balade’, great way to keep your child entertain while practising his skills in French. These activities are based on crosswords and other word games.
  • ‘Jeux de lettres pour les garçons’ and ‘Jeux de lettres pour les filles’, again a fun way to keep practising French while on holidays, include many words games, such as find the word ending….




  • ‘Cores e formas’  is handy size notepad full of games and activities on colours and shapes.




  • ‘Dibuja a la bruja‘ and ‘Dibuja las caras de Caperucita’ are 2 drawing books which will provide endless fun, drawings can be wiped off clean and it is ready to start again. Children will try to reproduce the completed drawing on the left hand side or just give their imagination a go.
  • ‘Puzzle la jungla’, each page is filled with a colourful 4 piece puzzle. Perfect for little children, they will enjoy a short story and the puzzle.


  • Nos divertimos con la ciencia’ is a great book, not only children will get to make things, such as a musical instrument, illusion tricks…. but they will learn about the science behind every experiment.
  • The series ‘Mi primero libro’ comes in 4 themes ‘numeros’,’animales’, ‘letras’, ‘juguetes’. Each book offers many activities such as stickers to apply, drawing to be done, writing, counting….



  • ‘Coloriamo il Natale’ is an advent calendar to colour in. Each day the child discovers a Christmas drawing and theme.
  • Giulio Coniglio – le raccolte’, is a collection of various activity books with comic strips, colouring ins, cutting out shapes, crosswords, craft ideas and many more….





  • ‘Bauernhof‘, ‘Tierkinder’ and ‘Feuerwehr‘ are activity books with stickers, colouring ins and cutting outs.
  • Rundherum in meiner Stadt’, colouring in on the city theme. ‘Auf dem lande’ is about colouring in the country side.
  • The series ‘Spezialwissen’ are little books that fit in a jeans back pocket and can be taken everywhere. All the themes are around the exploration of the environment ‘Geocaching’, ‘Nachtwanderum’, ‘Schnitzen’, ‘Tierspuren’. So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore!


For everyone

You will love these plastic books. Small enough to fit in a child’s backpack or your handbag. Perfect to keep your children entertained at the restaurant, the beach, the park, in a plane…. Once they are done colouring in, wipe clean and start again. ‘Librito de plastico de la navidad’, ‘librito de plastico de la playa’, ‘librito de plastico de la caperucita’, ‘librito de plastico de los piratas’.

4 themes- the beach, Christmas, Red Riding Hood and Pirates.



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Give the gift of books this Christmas

Books are beautiful gifts. They offer endless entertainment, fun, knowledge, understanding about oneself, others, our world….

Le Toboggan has compiled a list of suggestions but do not stop here, check out our website for many more for the little readers as well as the older ones.


Coffret Pirate
Coffret Princesse
13 histoires maboules de Noel
Les plus belles fables
Les pirates
Dinosaures a construire
Sing & learn in French
Histoires de dinosaures a lire a mon petit garçon
Coucou dans le jardin
100 histoires dans la foret enchantée
Cherche et trouve a la ferme
Petite lionne a perdu son GRRRR
Les plus belles comptines des animaux (CD)
30 comptines + un compte de légende: Le petit Prince (CD)
13 histoires maboules de princesses et de chevaliers
Les dinosaures
Ou sont donc passes mes amis
Le système solaire
5 histoires d’espions
En route pour le cirque
Cache-cache dans la basse-cour

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Hora do banho
Porque adoro o meu avo
As girafas nao dancam
A zebra nao quiere ir a escola
Branca de Neve
Peter Pan
Capuchinho vermelho
Adoro a escola
Espreita o mundo dos dinossauros
Os animais de estimacao
Contos e lendas de Portugal e do Mundo
As 100 primeiras palavras
Contos de Andersen
O Dragao
A coelinha aventureira

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Egipto (14/08/18 update – out of print)
La Princesa y el Dragon (DVD)
Libro estera – La Granja
En el tiempo de los Dinosaurios (14/08/18 update – out of print)
Los sonidos de la noche
En la ciudad
La Caperucita Roja
Rita comienza el colegio
La abuela
El periodico del abuelo
El tesoro de Barba-Zul
De que están hechas la niñas flamencas?

and the traditional Christmas tale ‘La aranita de Belen’

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The Fox fables
The Goose fables
Yeh-Sien a Chinese Cinderella
Augustus and his smile
Row, row, row your boat
Bus Adventures
Brrmm! Let’s go!

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One of our favourite – The hungry caterpillar
Brown bear, brown bear what do you see?
The fox fables
Tom and Sofia start school

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Incredibili Dinausori
Pimpa: Rosita, Tina e Leonardo (book + DVD)
Pimpa: storie di Natale
Lo vuoi il mio ciuccio
Il prime bacio… non si scorda mai!
I cavallini vanno a scuola
Sogni di Gigi orsetto e bella coccinella
Giulio coniglio fa il bagno
Clack clack Leone
La fattoria da toccare
Dinosauri da toccare
Ombretta Camilla
Mal di pancia della luna
Alta amico pinguino
La bella addormentata
Giulio coniglio e la pioggia
Giulio coniglio va alla festa

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Ali Baba & the 40 thieves
Bella & Joy
Mein ersten KITA und Kindergarten Geschichten
Sly fox and little red hen
Mein Fahrzeuge – Wörterbuch
Maja & Motte
Bist du noch mein freund?
Hilfe ich bin an alien
Mein kleiner markt
Motte geht schlafen
Hor mal, Pepe & Milli machen Musik
Wir singenden früh bis spat
Wer macht was auf dem Bauernhof
Alle meine Wörter

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The greediest of Rajahs and the whitest of clouds
Ang mga lambing ni lolo ding
Ang madyik islya ni Titoy
Bakit matagal ang sundo ko?
Ang itim na kuting
ready for school
Bahay kubo
Masaya ako

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Augustus and his smile
Yeh-Hsien a Chinese Cinderella story
Alfie’s angels
I see the sun in Russia

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The wobbly wobbly tooth
The Fox tales
Tom and Sofia start school
Ellie’s diary

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Our books are affordable with the majority under $20. Place your order promptly to ensure a delivery prior to Christmas.

Happy reading and Merry Christmas!


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Le Toboggan is the exclusive distributors of various European Publishers

At Le Toboggan we love books and we love seeing children enjoy their stories. We all have different ways to read a book, some will read the story over again and again, fold pages to know where to pick up the story from, others take great care of their books and some like to eat them. The important is to read, read and read. A story never dies as long as someone is here to read it and share it around.

We want children to have fun reading, therefore we carefully select our publishers and the titles. We only choose books that we would like our own children to read.

This is why Le Toboggan is very proud to announce that we have been chosen to be the distributors in Australia of the following European publishers:



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They all offer beautiful books and games that will stimulate little minds. Books are great resources to learn, teach and reinforce a minority language and they give us that very special time we get to spend with our children with no other distraction but our imagination.

Happy reading!



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Our partnerships with the Perth Portuguese Schools and the Language Clubs LCF

Le Toboggan is very proud to announce that we are partnering with language schools to bring our stories to you.

The members of the Portuguese Schools of Perth and the Language Clubs LCF (Perth) benefit from a free delivery*.

We also co-organise and supply the books for the story times run at the schools.


Our partners:

The Portuguese Schools of Perth teach adults and children the language and the culture. The school in Hamilton Hill also offers Portuguese guitar lessons.

The classes are held on Saturday mornings at the following locations:

  • Currambine Primary, 28 Ambassador Drive, Currambine
  • Hamilton Hill Senior High, 8 Purvis Street, Hamilton Hill


For further information please contact Mary Baptista at 042 530 4018 or

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LCF – Languages club of Perth teaches children 2 to 12. They offer classes in Mandarin, Italian, German, French and Spanish.

Their clubs run throughout the school year and they also organise holiday programs.

For further information please contact Vanessa Pietrasik at  0468 559 598 or



We will post further updates on partnerships as they are getting confirmed.



The language school members place their orders by using a voucher code waiving the Port & Handling charges.

This voucher code can be obtained either by requesting it to the language school coordinator or by emailing

The books will be delivered at the school and the client will be notified when the orders are ready for collection. You will be requested to show a copy of the invoice to ensure you are receiving the correct order.

There is one delivery a week either on Wednesdays or Fridays.




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Language resources: flashcards

Children learn better through play. They are having fun and they even do not realise they are assimilating facts and knowledge.

At Le Toboggan’s workshops we encourage play and since a few weeks we are trialling “French/Spanish in the Park”. We hold our workshops outdoors at playgrounds across Perth. We alternate study, play, activity such as craft or a game related to the day’s lesson, play and so on… Everyone enjoys the experience. I get more of the children’s concentration by allowing them short breaks on the slide or in the sandpit. After all a 3-year-old’s attention span does not run for 45 minutes in a row.

I am often asked where and how I find all the ideas for the activities we run in our language workshops. Well, I get my inspiration from several sources, games I used to play when I was a child at school or at home, the internet is full of great ideas for lessons and craft activities adapted to all ages, children’s books are a great source of information, songs, rhymes, short stories, activity books…. and also from other carers. What do they do to keep their children busy? I also check what they do at the childcare my children go to. Ideas are everywhere, time is a more finite resource.

When I start with an idea, I usually get a second then a third. It is almost as ideas snowball so does the enthusiasm.

I am passionate about multiculturalism and I already mentioned in previous posts that I am raising my 2 toddlers trilingual French, Spanish and English.

As soon as they will start their schooling it will become harder and harder to keep up with languages other then English, hence the huge emphasis we place on French and Spanish now. I use the same tools with them as in the workshops and today I am going to describe how I make language flashcards.

Children like flashcards. It is fun, there are colourful and attractive pictures. The issue with language flashcards is they often come by theme, i.e. the home, animals, etc… I wanted to make my own so we would get a variety of themes but I was free to add a short sentence describing and action or the image.

First, I chose the themes, i.e. home, farm animals, wild animals, clothing, food, bedroom. You can also choose family, colours, shapes, a celebration such as Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter.

Then I browsed the internet and found free pictures that I could download. I copied and pasted them on a table that I made on MS Word. If you are graphic design savvy, you might want to choose another software. I made sure that all the cell with the pictures had identical dimensions.

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Printed it all off and cut out the flashcards. Then I laminated the cards so they are more durable. If you do not own a laminator you might want to print on thicker paper.


Memory cards are a variation of flashcards. You can choose a specific theme such as the ones I did for Halloween, but it could also be your family pictures, children’s own drawings or colouring in that you could photocopy. You will need 2 of each card. Then you know how it works.

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Next time we will be describing how to keep your children’s full attention by sending them on a mission: explore the museum, the art gallery or the aquarium.



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Language workshops: Spanish in the Park

Spanish in the park! Español en el parque!

This term as the weather is getting warmer, we are running our workshops in parks throughout Perth. Parents and children love it. We alternate study, play, activity & learning and play.

Last Saturday’s theme was the sea. We went to Point Heathcote Reserve with the Pirate ship playground. We study some sea related words and made a jelly fish out of recycled yoghurt pots. We played fishing colourful fish and other sea animals to reinforce what we had learned earlier.

Let us know if you would like to join us so we can communicate the next location and timing.

Hasta pronto!



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Mein liebstes Gutenacht – Fülbuch

‘My favourite bedtime book’

Gorgeous spiral board book for little ones. Each page shows the bedtime routine and is a great resource to prompt language stimulation and development with the colours, numbers and familiar situations.

Children will relate to the illustrations and will love to touch and feel the pages.

Perfect at bedtimes. Sweet dreams!

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In German only: