Delightful! And Petite breaks yet more new ground. You and Tadpole have a great partnership and it obviously make you so happy to be with your little one. It makes the rest of what life can throw out you at times fall into perspetive. Enjoy growing older together!
So cute! That reminds me, I was babysitting a little french girl (same age as Tadpole) and I only know 1 French little kids song, and so I just sang the first thing that came to mind – Twinkle twinkle. She just stood there, mouth open in shock, and then when it finished she said “encore! encore!” I had to sing over and over because as she said “I don’t know your song so you have to sing it” Tadpole does a much better job
A couple of years ago, when my little girl was only four, we were sitting in the cafe in Marks & Spencer a few days before Christmas, surrounded by middle class, middle aged shoppers. Absolutely deliberately, I encouraged my little one to sing “Away in a Manger”, which she had just learnt at nursery. The cafe gradually fell silent, and by the end there was hardly a dry eye in the house.
Never underestimate the potency of cheap music, as Noel Coward said.
Comment by Parkin Pig — November 24, 2005 @ 10:10 am
One of the little parisiennes that I babysit just learned the same tune, and has been practicing with me on the Métro so she can do it really well for her English teacher. She is so proud of being able to sing in English, albeit with a cross between a French accent and an American one (mine).
It’s fun to hear the differences and the similarities. And knowing how proud they both are just warms my heart.
I taught her 10-year old sister “Oh Susannah!” on line 14 yesterday. She wants to be able to sing it in English while she plays it on the piano for her French (Corsican) solfège teacher.
Thanks for sharing–your daughter has a beautiful voice!
My father has a tape of me singing from when I was three, which he breaks out annually to embarrass me. When my son hit three, he recorded him on the other side, and suddenly it became a treasured possession. It brought a tear to my eye to hear Tadpole, knowing the pride you will feel listening to it as she ages.
That is just too adorable! Of course I couldn’t really understand the French version (but that’s my bad French at fault for the most part) but she sure can carry the tune in both languages. Maybe you’ve got a young chanteuse on your hands… is she channeling Edith Piaf?
That was way to cute! My two franco-american girls are not as advanced in language as my first daughter who spoke only english. I think it slowed them down learning two languages at once but the doctor said by three bi-ling kids usually sort it all out. Little Bear (just turned age 3) is finally separating english and french. Before she mixed the two languages in one sentence. For example: Little Bear mange, hungry! Favorite songs in our home is This Old Man and Row, Row, Row your boat.
I finally figured out what Tadpole was singing, it tooks sometime to get through her French (I don’t have a trained ear), but I thought it was interesting her version was about candy…more of a moral story than the “American” version.