My Big Book of Spanish Words by Rebecca Emberley is an introductory Spanish/English book for children published by Little, Brown and Company. As always, when reviewing any products designed for kids, I sat down with my resident experts, which in this case included my two-year-old daughter and my five-year-old daughter.
This book, with its colorful images and simple word labels particularly appealed to my two-year-old. She sat down in my lap and asked me to read it over and over again, with the untiring focus that only a young child can exhibit. She readily repeated the words in both Spanish and English.
The page topics included:
- My Colors / Mis Colores
- My Food / Mi Comida
- My Toys / Mis Juguetes
- My Clothes / Mi Ropa
- My Room / Mi Cuarto
- My Animals / Mis Animales
- Things That Go / Cosas Que Se Mueven
- Shapes / Formas
- My Numbers / Mis Números
- My Bath Time / Mi Hora de Baño
- My Bedtime / Mi Hora de Dormir
The illustrations are bright and eye-catching. It served as a simple introduction to Spanish for both my two-year-old and myself, and a decent source for review for my five-year-old who, at her younger sister’s age, was almost as fluent in Spanish as she was in English, thanks to her bilingual nanny. I am sad to say that she has lost much of her Spanish language skills, so I was grateful for this book as a touchstone to revisit some basic vocabulary.