What a great idea, excellently
presented by author Judy Martialay. She has written HOLA!
Let’s Learn Spanish to help children learn some Spanish
words. Pete the pilot takes us on a journey to Mexico, where
we meet Panchito, a Mexican jumping bean. As we read about
Panchito’s journey to look for friends, we learn different
Spanish words, mixed seamlessly into the story. Panchito narrowly
escapes becoming a frijole dinner by jumping into los caramelos.
There he’s scooped up and stuffed into una piñata,
where he meets a friendly group of kids. After the story,
there are practice pages and a section called “Culture
Corner,” sharing a bit about jumping beans (which are
not even beans, at all), frijoles and the Mercado (market).
There is a song and even an art project. I know Spanish, so
pronouncing the words was easy for me. But, there are no guides
for that within the book. The author includes a link to a
downloadable audio version of the entire book, making it easy
to follow along. I recommend this to parents who want to give
their children a little taste of the Spanish language.