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BABY EINSTEIN: Wordsworth's Book of Words; A Bilingual Book of Words

Author: Julie Aigner-Clark

Illustrator: Nadeem Zaidi

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Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children, © 2002

Material: hard cover

Summary: Wordsworth the parrot uses pictures to introduce Spanish words for one's body, clothes, toys, people & professions, house, food, animals and transportation. This is a pictoral dictionary for teaching Spanish.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading

Recommended Age: 6 months and up

Age of Child: started reading at 20 months

Young Reader Reaction: S/He loves to look at the pictures and point to objects while we read the Spanish & English words.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an easy way to teach Spanish. Given the short attention span of the 20-month old, not sure starting at 6 months would help, as s/he isn't interested in repeating the words, just listening.

Pros: Like all Baby Einstein products, it's designed so the toddler can maximize learning. The 'chapters' allow you to parse the learning. We let the little one pick the subject area, and we work on just those words at a session.

Cons: This is an identification/naming/matching book. The pictures are objects, and the pages don't lend themselves to adding a story (or verbs!).

Borrow or Buy: If you're serious about teaching language early, this is a good one to have on the shelf.

If You Liked This Book, Try: FIESTA!   BUENAS NOCHES, LUNA (Good Night, Moon)  

Educational Themes: This is a Spanish-English dictionary designed for the toddler set, focused on the objects that comprise their world.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - foreign language, reference

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2003

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