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Bon anniversaire Jules Renard

Jules Renard naît à Châlons-du-Maine, dans la Mayenne, le 22 février 1864 et meurt à Paris le 22 mai 1910. Cet écrivain français est le cadet de la famille Renard. Dans ses oeuvres, il écrit toutes les choses qu’il vit. On le retrouve, par exemple, dans le personnage de Poil de Carotte, car ses parents ne l’ont pas aimé. C’est grâce à l’écriture qu’il réussit à avoir confiance en lui-même. Jusqu’en 1910, Jules Renard vit à Chitry, en Bourgogne, dans la maison de ses parents. Cette simple habitation de campagne est assez confortable. Jules s’installe ensuite à Paris, mais le succès n’arrive pas immédiatement et il a des problèmes d’argent. Sa situation financière s’améliore après son mariage.

Les années 1890 sont pour lui très fertiles. Il écrit d’abord l’Ecornifleur, l’histoire d’Henri, un parasite, qui réussit à se rendre indispensable à une famille de bourgeois. En 1894, il écrit Poil de Carotte dont il fait en 1900 une pièce de théâtre. Ses portraits sont ironiques et parfois cruels. Dans Histoires Naturelles (1896), il humanise les animaux et il animalise les hommes.

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Dickens 2012

Dickens 2012 is an international celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens to mark the bicentenary of his birth, which falls on 7 February 2012.

Institutions and organisations from all over the world are partners of Dickens 2012 and work together to deliver a programme of events and activities to commemorate this very special anniversary. Although a writer from the Victorian era, Dickens’s work transcends his time, language and culture. He remains a massive contemporary influence throughout the world and his writings continue to inspire film, TV, art, literature, artists and academia. Dickens 2012 sees a rich and diverse programme of events taking place in the run up and throughout the whole of 2012.

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Valerio Vidali

Continua il momento d’oro per l’illustratore Valerio Vidali che per la ELI ha già illustrato Niebla.

Dopo il primo premio a Ilustrarte 2012 ha vinto il CJ Picture Book Award (Korea) con le illustrazioni del Don Quijote libro in uscita a primavera.

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Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all examples of the genre of literary nonsense.

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Using Graded Readers
Graded readers or ‘readers’ are books that have had the language level simplified to help second language learners read them. The language is graded for vocabulary, complexity of grammar structures and also by the number of words. They are made to cater for all levels from beginners through to advance.
Many schools use graded readers so find out if your school has some. They can be a great resource if you feel the need to do something a bit different and change the class dynamics. 

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Happy birthday Joseph Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) lived in India until he was 6, and then went to school in England. He returned to India when he was 17. He was the first writer in English to receive the Nobel Prize for literature, in 1907.

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