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Beware: Castillian Spanish, not LatinAmerican,
This review is from: What Color Is It? / ¿Qué color es éste? (Good Beginnings) (Spanish Edition) (Board book)
Please, no flames from my European friends, but if you're parenting a bilingual kid in the U.S., and are looking to support your kid speaking the more common Spanish used in the U.S. (meaning, that language spoken in LatinoAmerica...you know...Mexico, Central and Most of South America and the Caribbean), this isn't the book to get. It's cute, but it uses words for colors that you'll only see in Spain. Nothing wrong with Spain (other than that pesky Conquest that messed up a lot of lives, which many in modern-day nations are still aware of and not that happy about), but I'd skip this book if I had it to do over again. We live in Brooklyn, not Madrid.
I actually re-cycled this book by making my own collages (with Mod Podge and paper) and printing the LatinoAmerican Spanish words on the pages so the book wouldn't be a total waste and irritate me EVERY time I saw it. It was a fun project, but I'm a busy working mom, and I didn't expect what I got. I'd have liked an accurate description of the fact that it uses Castillian, and I think ALL Spanish books sold in the U.S. should clearly state which kind of Spanish it supports.
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Initial post: May 27, 2011 3:01:19 PM PDT
Hmmm...would you advocate that all English-language books sold in the USA clearly state whether the author is (North) American, Canadian (eh?), from the United Kingdom, or Australia/New Zealand? I've lived in Panama (3 years) and Peru (1 year), and would say that there is a fair amount of diversity & difference in the way/manner Spanish is spoken in those 2 countries. That said, the differences are fairly minor, and people deal with them...certainly no reason to reject specific Spanish-language books because of their country of origin.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2011 11:47:07 PM PDT
Berta Bustamante says:
Good point. I just wish that when you bough something online, you could somehow get as much information as you might get from actually being in the bookstore, thumbing through books. I'm sure it'll happen one day soon. In the meantime, reviews and tidbits of information are helpful. I guess take what you like, and leave the rest!
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