“He acts like an adult, but he is not. It is large and small at the same time. He works in the fields of strawberries. “This is the funny definition that was given to the word adolescent in a primer published by Saint-Pie X primary school in Magog, with the collaboration of the publishing house La Petite Barque .
The primer of the school Saint-Pie X is voluntarily comic. Inside, there are several creepy definitions of various words. Each of the definitions was concocted by a student from the school.
Numerous colorful drawings also dot the pages of the magician’s school primer, which counts a little less than 200 students. Like the definitions, the drawings were produced by the children.
When the book was unveiled in the schoolyard on Thursday, the school’s director, Stéphane Gévry, argued that “meaningful and integrating” projects are a necessity in Québec’s school environment. He also noted that reading is a “guarantee of success” for students.
The initiator of the project, teacher Nathalie Dugas, said that the students laughed while performing tasks related to writing the book. “They have put heart and perseverance,” she added.
The young Pierre-Alexis St-Laurent confirms having had a lot of fun writing and drawing for this book. “I really like writing and drawing. Besides, I love jokes and it’s something you can not do often in the classroom, “says the boy.
“I think it’s great because we each have a copy,” adds another youngster, Nathan Poulin. So we can share it with people around us. ”
“There are very beautiful drawings among all those who are in the book,” notes Océane Dubé, while pointing out that the project was more stimulating than the usual math and French courses.
The small book of about thirty pages has been printed at 450 copies. Owner of the publishing house La Petite Barque, Véronique Pépin, endeavors to make possible the realization of this type of project when asked for its collaboration. “I want to democratize artistic creation,” she says.