Title of Book: Hola: Let’s Learn Spanish
Time length to read: 8-10 min
Age recommended: 7 and up
Author: Judy Martialay
Publisher: Polyglotkidz Press
Best place to purchase: Overstock (Click word for direct link)
Price: $14.47 (Hardcover)
So this week, I have brought you all a couple multicultural books, so I thought…what better way to end the week, than to bring you another one! Hola: Let’s Learn Spanish, by Judy Martialay, is a beginner book put together for children to start learning Spanish words. In the first part of the book, it starts out with a story based in Mexico and transitions from English to Spanish words. In the rest of the book, it continues to provide pages and a glossary of different words that are translated from Spanish to English, so that children may understand. It also gives a few pages into the culture in Mexico, by talking more about the food and activities that they do.
I thought this book was very creative and is a great beginner book for kids and even adults to begin to learn Spanish. I was a little confused at the beginning of the book where the story is, where it had certain words that transitioned from English to Spanish. For me, it was a little confusing the way it was portrayed throughout the story part of the book. I think maybe if the Spanish words were put in a parentheses, that would have helped with the confusion, but that’s just my opinion. Other than that, I thought this book was very informative and creative. It does a good job of not just introducing simple English words and phrases into Spanish, but also how it tells more about the Mexican culture. It even has a couple pages where it goes into detail about the Mexican masks in the culture and then gives two patterns for masks if children wanted to make one themselves. I thought that was very educational and well thought through.
The illustrations throughout the book were very simple, but good. Children will be able to relate to the drawings and colors that are portrayed.
So if you are looking for a beginner Spanish book, I’d check this one out. This book is not just for children and parents, but I think for teachers as well. This book would be excellent in a classroom setting.
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