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Joëlle Llapasset   | Copyright

Let's have a party !


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The whole class is very fond of Angélique, the teacher.

When she looks at her pupils, every one of them feels that he is the nicest, the wisest and that encourages them to listen and to concentre, to do his work well. In fact, they quickly understand that they were all her favourite.

Yesterday evening, just before the bell rang, while they all have their backs turned to take their coats from the langers, she wrote on the board in large letters:

"On FRIDAY, let's have a party"Eric was the first to turn round and to see it.
"Ho! friends! look at what is written!"
They all shouted, jumped with joy, asked what was this party for, but the teacher refused to say anything else.
"It is a secret! You will see!"
She merely specified that Friday morning, they should be on time an quiet. They all went home rather puzzled.

In the meantime, Gilles and Sebastien, two close buddies push the door of Mrs Testut, the baker. regard.gif (2438 octets)

- "A great party, my darling? It's nice children listening to a story without any quarrels".

Jean-Pierre asks Roger his older cousin, who answers him without hesitating:
- "A great party? It is when the music is blaring and you can dance, laugh, walk on the hands, to impress the girls..."
- Stop! stop! I've got it!"


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Passing the flower shop, Consuelo and her friends saw Mrs Jean very busy, amidsts the roses, the primulas and the tulips:

- "A great party, my darlings? Well you need flowers of course! "

Magaly met Audrey, who works in a smart hotel.
- "A great party? Oh, I know that! People are wearing the best clothes, they speak to each other while drinking champagne and eating canapés".


All children have got their own idea, and they met the following day, during the break, the head full with ideas. "Ah, she did'nt want to tell us what a party is! Well, let's give her a big surprise!" They are young, but they can be organized, the teacher will be surprised!
Friday morning, they are there, well on time, with all that it is necessary for a grat party: Amandine brings Peppo and his guitar, Gilles, Sebastien, Marina and Kevin bring brioche, wafers and candies, Simone carefully holds the large book of tales by Grimm that granny lent her.

Jean-Pierre, who practise with his cousin Roger, astonished everyone by walking on hands. Fatima, Consuelo and Agnès have prepared garlands of branches and flowers. All the girls were beautifully dressed, and they are very proud of the touch of red that Audrey has put on the cheeks (the boys sneer, of course!)
At half past eight, the bell rings. Their teacher was waiting inside, she opens the door of the class lets them in.

" Ah!!! " ordi It is the same cry of astonishment on both sides, all are amazed as everything has changed in the room. The tables were placed along the walls, people they do not know are there, in front of six computers, with their keyboards and their mice.

The teacher explains: "Today, it is french language day, and so that the children who speak French or who learn it can communicate from all over the world, these specialists have set up these machines."

In schoolsordi, in Montreal, in Niamey, in Geneva, in Beirut, in Tokyo... people have prepared the same thing. From their class, pupils like you will be able to communicate with you. You will type in turn on the keyboard what you wish to say. Don't be afraid, we'll help you ".

The children are gaping: " Go ahead! - No you, go! - Magaly! you are good at French! - But I cannot type! - Then Kevin! - Oh, I don't know what to say! - anything that's all! No says Sebastien one does'nt say anything to people! I go."
He sits down and starts: "Hello, the World, here's, Sebastien, I am nine, and you?

- Here, Dakar, it is Mamadou, I am ten years old.

- Here, Leila, from Cairo...

Here, Stephan, from Ottawa...

Here, Luisella, in Florence.

- Here, from Saint-Denis de la Réunion, it is Cécile.
- Here, Panayotis, of Thessaloniki... Here... Here... Here... "

From the four corners of the planet, the answers are coming.
- The pupils feel that the Earth has became as small, as merry as their classroom, and that it is filled with friends. They are no longer afraid of the keyboard, nor of making spelling mistakes, they're bursting with ideas, they want all to say something.

- I have two older brothers, what about you? -

- I've got ten, I am the youngest.

- Do you love dogs? I have one, it's my friend.

-I have a monkey and a mongoose -

- Here, in France, it's winter, what about you?

-In Brazzaville, it is the rain season, each evening, after six o'clock, there's a large tornado. Simone has taken her book and tells Yukako and Farid: " Once upon a time who had a splendid pear tree with golden fruit..."

They all have something to say, it is marvellous. All the same, after a while, they are tired. "What about our party?"

-This is a good idea! "  Consuelo, Fatima and Agnès have already decorated the walls with their garlands, Gilles and his friends offer their candies, Jean-Pierre and his friends perform their tricks, under the eye filled with wonder of all their friends, it's a real success.


Then, Peppo takes his guitar and starts to sing:
"I want to teach the world,
To sing in perfect harmony..."

= Page Joëlle Llapasset - Jacqueline Masson - Translation C. Chastagner 


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