“Noah has asked me to read him the book three nights running. He now knows Vamos already!!!!”
TIPs – Expert parenting advice and independent reviews
I thought these were lovely books: educational, colourful and good fun. Kirsty (6yrs) really enjoyed them. She is a pretty good reader for her age and enjoyed both the stories and the fact that she could brush up on her Spanish – I haven’t done any Spanish with her since she stopped watching Dora the Explorer! I liked the way the pictures really helped work out what the Spanish words were.Kirsty found it quite easy to switch from English to Spanish. Finding and counting the lizards and butterflies is a really nice touch and it adds another dimension to the book. I would be happy to recommend both these books.
Tracey – www.tipslimited.co.uk
“Miri LOVED it, Charlie read it to her and she repeated the words. She thought that was great fun!”
Review of Phillip & Felipe – Become Best Amigos by Loved by Lexi blog
I reviewed Jajaja Books’ book about Lucy & Lucia a few weeks ago and Lexi absolutely loved it so when Jajaja Books sent me their new boy’s book Phillip & Felipe Become Best Amigos I was delighted.
Lexi very quickly imitated the words I was reading to her from Lucy & Lucia so I was optimistic that she would enjoy this book just as much.
Phillip & Felipe are young boys, who get into all sorts of adventures. In this specific book, Felipe is lost in a supermarket in Spain and Phillip helps him find his Mum and they become very good friends in the process which enables the author, Genevieve Yusuf, to incorporate Spanish food words, Police and simple words like thank you, goodbye, hello along with other useful words and phrases that your little one will hear whilst you read to them, or read to themselves without realising that, whilst enjoying the story, they are learning Spanish.
As Lexi has only just turned 2, she wasn’t able to read the book herself so I was reading it to her and she was having a lovely time looking at the pictures, pointing out the highlighted Spanish words and phrases, imitating the words I was reading to her as well as looking at the brightly coloured illustrations and searching for the hidden lizards on each page. The hidden lizards is a brilliant idea for both younger children who can’t read yet like Lexi and older children too as it adds yet another dimension to the read- ing experience. Lexi really enjoyed hunting for them on each page with Mummy and pointing out the ones that Mummy had missed. A really great addition to the book!
Review of Lucy & Lucia – Play Hide And Seek by Loved by Lexi blog
Maybe I’m a little optimistic but I was always told that the first years of a child’s life are when they are the most influential when it comes to picking up and learning new languages. So when JaJaJa Books asked me to review their new girl’s book called Lucy & Lucia Play Hide And Seek I was really happy as their books are written predominantly in English but with Spanish words and phrases mixed in so that your child can pick up and learn Spanish without even realising they’re learning!Lucy & Lucia are charming young girls, who get into all sorts of adventures. In this specific book they play hide and seek which enables the author, Genevieve Yusuf, to incorporate Spanish numbers and counting along with other useful words and phrases that your little one will hear whilst you read to them, or read to themselves without realising that, whilst enjoying the story, they are learning Spanish.Lexi, although still very young, thoroughly enjoyed Daddy reading the book to her and got very animated pointing at the Spanish words and showing Daddy her favourite pictures and parts of the book. Lexi seemed to love everything about it.Overall, a brilliant concept, well-written and I really think that the Author has found a niche in the children’s book market.
“My little boy wants to know when the next one’s out – he has been running around the house shouting “socorro” all day!”
Chopsy Baby is reviewing…Bilingual children’s books from JaJaJa Books
These days, children are learning languages earlier than ever. You have the much advertised Muzzy programme, reception aged children learning French in after school clubs and even young babies taking part in German nursery rhyme sessions.To help younger children get an early flavour for languages, Genevieve Yusuf and Suzanne Wilson have created a series of stories written in English, but with foreign language vocabulary neatly placed at appropriate points.The books are similar in style and read like a child’s school book. There are an average of one – two words in Spanish on each page, adding to the context of the story. The vocabulary blends in seamlessly and will not be difficult for a young child – aged from around four years and above – to get their head around.As well as helping children to read and understand the concept of different languages at an early age, it may also help them bypass any fears about going on holiday abroad.