Follow the struggles of a French family as they try to survive under tough economic circumstances. See how the children change the heart of a grumpy old man who learns to care for them and love them. Learn about the city of Paris and how French holiday traditions are similar and different from those in America. Learn to identify a variety of punctuation marks and understand the rules for using them in writing. For the final project, create your own Reader's Theater, based on an event in the book, that can be performed with family members.