About Us

Gentille Alouette has been created and written by Jo Soddy, founder of My Little Linguist language lessons for pre-schoolers, and illustrated/designed by artist, Laure Arnold.

Here’s a little bit about them…

Jo Soddy – Founder and writer:

Languages have always been central in my life, starting at primary school I was lucky enough to have a head teacher who loved France and everything French, so she took it upon herself to teach the youngest children the basics of this beautiful language. It certainly made a big impression, as 3 decades on, I too am passing on my knowledge of European languages to toddlers and preschool budding linguists!

I live with my French partner Nico and our 2 children Olivier & Lucie. Living in a bilingual household and raising our 2 children in both French and English just proved to me how easily little people absorb new sounds and can distinguish different languages from each other. So Gentille Alouette is the culmination of this passion and will hopefully provide your child with the foundations of a love of languages and an appetite for learning.

3 facts about me:

Favourite Colour – Navy Blue – Bleu Marine / Azul Marino

Favourite Food – Roast Chicken – Poulet Rôti / Pollo Asado

Favourite Sports – Mountain Biking – VTT / Bicicleta de Montaña, Wild Swimming – Natation Sauvage / Natación Salvaje

Laure Arnold – Founder, illustrator/designer:

French-born and raised in the U.S., France and Switzerland, I have been immersed in a bilingual home and multilingual lifestyle all my life. I am now based in the U.K. with my husband and 3 children. Having always had a passion for art, drawing and design from a very young age, I followed a creative path in adult-hood, working in several creative agencies in London, with a focus on graphic design and  illustration. After becoming a mother, I set up LD (Laure Design), with a particular focus on creating bright, colourful learning tools for children who are learning French and other languages.

See more bilingual learning tools, wall art, flash cards, stationery, calendars, and gifts at: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LaureDesign

My 3 young children; Chloe Hugo and Roman are a constant inspiration in my work, as I look for new, fun, creative visual ways to assist young children on their language learning journey.

3 facts about me:

Favourite colour – Blue – Bleu / Azul

Favourite Food – Salmon & Avocado – Saumon & Avocat / Salmon & Aguacate

Favourite Activites – Walking – Se Ballader / Caminar, Drawing – Dessiner / Dibujar