I was given a ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends is a book aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 10. The purpose of the book is to help children to learn basic Spanish.
The book consists of a story about Panchito, a jumping bean. Words are introduced first in English, with the Spanish written alongside in bold. If the word is repeated later in the story, the English is not there, but the word is replaced by Spanish, still in bold. This aims to help children remember the word they had previously learned.
After the story, there is a chapter entitled ‘It’s Your Turn’, which uses examples from the story to encourage children to talk to friends and parents in Spanish.
‘Culture Corner’ teaches children about Mexican culture, using both English and Spanish, and also shows children how to make their own mask.
The final chapter is an index of all the words learnt throughout the book, in Spanish with the English written right next to it, organised by chapter.
The book was really colourful, with lots of pictures throughout the book. This holds children’s’ attention whilst using visual aids to aid memory.
I like the fact that the Spanish was written in bold, to make it stand out, and that the Spanish gradually replaced the English, encouraging children to remember what they had learnt.
There is also an audiobook available online for free that you can download and listen to whilst reading along at the same time, so you can hear the correct pronunciation (http://polyglotkidz.com/listen).
This book is perfect for learning basic Spanish. I even learnt some new words myself!
I rate this book 4/ 5 stars!