Olé & Play! The Songs of Isabella & Ferdinand Spanish Language Adventures Soundtrack
This fun and engaging collection of 13 original songs teaches children about the art, history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Olé & Play! was produced by Grammy award-winning producer Andres Castro and Fran Revert, the music director of the Washington DC-based Spanish language academy for children, Isabella & Ferdinand Spanish Language Adventures. The record features young stars such as Latin Grammy nominee Adriana Lucia, Emmy award nominee Gaby Moreno and Carlos Barroso, the first place winner in Spain's renowned Benidorn and Teen Pop Festivals. Themes include: Las Aventuras de Don Quijote; Diego y Frida; El Universo de Picasso; ¡Que Vivan Los Gordos de Botero!; and more. A 20-page illustrated booklet accompanies the CD providing lyrics in English and Spanish, key Spanish vocabulary and the historical and cultural context behind each song, providing parents and educators alike with a wonderful teaching tool for children embarking on the adventure of learning Spanish.
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Whether or not you speak Spanish, you'll find the 20-page illustrated booklet that accompanies the CD to be very useful. It provides the lyrics in English and Spanish, key Spanish vocabulary and the historical and cultural context behind each song. Parents and educators alike can use this as a wonderful teaching tool.
The songs themselves are upbeat and very catchy. My favorite is ¡Pinta, Velázquez! (Paint, Velázquez!); my son likes Las Aventuras De Don Quijote (The Adventures of Don Quijote). He learned to say "crazy" in Spanish thanks to this song. Want to hear it? Isabella & Ferdinand have graciously recorded and uploaded Las Aventuras De Don Quijote onto YouTube:
The songs are written in proper Spanish so some of the words may be new to you (even if you speak Spanish now). Some songs are pretty heavy on the information that they cram into it so unless you tie it into a lesson, the kid(s) may space out. A good example of this is Las Banderas (The Flags). It gives you a description of many flags and it can be a little overwhelming for little kids.
I highly recommend purchasing this CD, whether or not you speak Spanish. The booklet that it comes with will help you learn the words and it will help you talk to your child about the song and build a lesson around the song. It's a great way to discuss the Spanish culture and history. And just so you know, the songs are not geared around the Mexican culture. Instead, it's the Spanish culture so it brings in the majority of Spanish-speaking countries. I honestly can't wait for them to come out with another album. We love it!