My Big Book of Spanish Words by Rebecca Emberley is an introductory Spanish/English book for children published by Hachette Book Group’s Little, Brown and Company imprint. 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.
Is it sad that this book seems about my speed to learn a new language? hehe. Can you recommend an adult easy learn language book?
I was happy to see you visit and comment on my blog recently, thanks so much!
Other than my high school French text books and translation dictionaries, I haven’t looked at language books geared for grown-ups in quite some time.
My husband recently invested in Rosetta Stone software to learn Mandarin Chinese. He said that it would probably be a useful format for learning a language with a traditional alphabet, but having just begun the program, he is struggling right now with the complexity of Mandarin, regardless of the quality of the delivery system.
That’s the beautiful thing with kids, learning new languages is fun rather than the slog it is for the rest of us.
Thank you for the information! I think Stu is right, starting young children on a new language is the answer.