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¡hola! Let's Learn Spanish POD: Visit New Places and Make New Friends Paperback – November 30, 2015
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¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish Visit New Places and Make New Friends is a children's language book unlike any other. It is an easy, fun, and exciting way to give kids a head start in Spanish or widen their already existing vocabulary.
CHILDREN'S BOOKWATCH, MAY 2016
From the Author
¡HOLA!.. is a start in learning the language. My hope is that parents and children will be enthusiastic about learning Spanish and will ask their elementary schools to implement programs for learning languages. Currently, only 15% of elementary schools here in the U.S.offer any form of foreign language instruction.
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~ What ~
This thirty-six-page paperback targets children ages six to ten years old and their parents who want to learn Spanish. With no scary scenes, the tale contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Colorful but sophomoric illustrations are on most pages. A website with a downloadable audio for correct word pronunciation is available.
This book teaching about Mexico and its culture, people, and language provides a story as well as educational tools. When Pete the Pilot flies the readers to the country, they meet Panchito, a Mexican jumping bean which is in a bean field, taken to market, sold in a store, and placed in a piñata to be found by friends.
The rest of the book covers practicing Spanish words, learning about people and things Panchito saw, making a mask out of beans, reiterating words in the language, and ending with acknowledgments. The readers get to converse, answer questions, have a treasure hunt, show daily expressions, read details about several objects, and sing a song.
~ Why ~
I like that this book promotes learning through a story, following it up with reiteration, repetitiveness, and practice. Having all Spanish words in a bold font makes them easy to locate.
~ Why Not ~
Due to the long paragraphs on the pages, it would best be read out loud to some children as it may frustrate some readers. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words. Some may find the book either too hard or simple to understand regarding Spanish words.
~ Who ~
A retired teacher of elementary, middle, and high school, Martialay was born in New York. No information is available on the illustrator, so it is assumed it is the author.
~ Wish ~
I wish it had more detailed illustrations throughout the book, such as having the jumping bean stand out so young ones could search for it quickly on every page. I do not know if Page 19 was left blank intentionally.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beginner book on learning Spanish from an English perspective, this may be a good choice. This would make a good start to a series on languages and cultures around the world.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for this book to read and review.
The story is told first through the character of Pete the Pilot, who takes the reader on a trip to Mexico to learn a little about some experiences of children in Mexico. The story picks up through the character of Panchito, the Mexican jumping bean, who gets swept up in a basket of beans being taken to market, makes his escape into a basket of candies, and ends up inside a piñata at a birthday party. It’s a cute story, and Spanish vocabulary is introduced in small doses in context. The follow-up sections offer opportunities to practice vocabulary learned in the story—a song in Spanish, a game of hide-and-seek, mask-making, etc.
In addition to the story and activities, you can download an audio version of the book from the authors website and listen to the correct pronunciation of each word. My only suggestion here would be to have the audio version in separate sections, so that a listener can focus on particular applications of vocabulary. (Otherwise one has to listen to the whole book each time.) I heartily recommend this book as a first step into the richness of the Spanish language.
This book was offered to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I have taken Spanish classes before, so I was able to help my sons with the pronunciation of these words. However, if you are unsure on how to pronounce the Spanish words in this book, you can visit the website listed above in the synopsis and go to the 'audio' tab to download an audio version of the book. The website is full of a lot of useful information.
The inside of the book is fun and colorful and uses repetition to help learn the Spanish vocabulary. After Panchito's story there are sections that list Spanish words and phrases that you will use in everyday life. There is also a section talking about culture that my sons really enjoyed reading.
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by Judy Martialay
This is exactly the style and content that I would wish for teaching young children a language.Read more
¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish Visit New Places and Make New Friends! Introduces children to Spanish.Read more