In the first chapter of his Mémoires, Berlioz amusingly relates the experience of his First Communion, which was also the occasion of an early appreciation of the opposite sex and a first memorable musical impression: mystic, erotic, and melodic all in one.
The amazing story of how the famous composer Berlioz was, before he was famous, chased around a library table by the at the time much more famous Cherubini. With glosses to the French text and English translation.
A humorous dialogue that skewers the French haute-bourgeoisie and also makes fun of a certain kind of French doctor.
Sophie Rostopchine (aka the Countess of Ségur) is at her moralistic best in this story about a brave little boy who will stop at nothing to save his sick mother. Luckily for him, he has the Fairy Bienfaisante to help him on his way.
A fairly easy text for practice reading French, although it does involve a nice array of past tenses (simple past, pluperfect, and imperfect). From Jules Verne's Vingt mille lieues sous la mer (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)