The Sisters Saint-Claire

Written by Carlie Gibson
Illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie

For ages 4 to 7

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This book is best for:
  • food vocabulary
  • speech sound - /s/ & /s/ blends


A lovely rhyming story about five mouse sisters who go the Sunday market to enjoy the delicious food and fabulous fashion, The youngest sister, Cecile, sets up her own gourmet pie stall with food fit for a queen. But, nobody believes that little Cecile baked the pies herself, and she struggles to make a sale. Luckily, something beyond Cecile’s wildest dreams soon happens. The story has a beautiful message that great things can come from people (or mice) in any size.

The Sisters Saint-Claire is an excellent choice for targeting vocabulary related to food. From fruits and veggies to tarts and pies - there are so many different types of food to label and describe. This book is packed with words containing the /s/ sound, perfect for modelling a clear /s/ while reading the story or giving a child many opportunities to practise the /s/ sound in words.

For further speech and language targets in The Sisters Saint-Claire, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Complete Episode

Story Plot: Wishing Tale

  • animals - mouse, mice
  • family
  • food

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /s/ - Saint-Claire, Cecile (character), sisters, sobbing, mouse, house, dress, purse, delicious
  • /s/ blends - stay, stalls, sweet, small, smelly, smile, sniff, squeak, strawberry, basket, sisters, pastry, feast
  • /t/ - table, tarts, little, butter, basket, market, baguette, fruit
  • adjectives (sweet goodies, stringy cheese, smelly cheese, delicate crepes)
  • adverbials (politely, kindly, brightly, neatly, freshly)
  • conjunctions (and)
  • regular past tense
  • plurals
  • irregular plurals (mice)
  • subjective pronouns (we, she)
  • action verbs
  • matching
  • labelling
  • describing
  • differences
  • similarities
  • quantity concepts (all, some)
  • family dynamics
  • time
  • moral
  • direct character speech
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by Murdoch Books in 2017 (ISBN: 9781743369357)

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