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WITH LOVE FROM SPAIN, MELANIE MARTIN

Author: Carol Weston

Illustrator: Marci Roth

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Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers, ©2004

Material: paperback

Summary: The Martin family band together for a two-week Spring break vacation as seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Melanie. Readers join Melanie through the pain and confusion of first love as she fills her senses with the compelling Spanish landscape. This is an amusing linguistic travel adventure written in diary format.

Type of Reading: anytime reading, middle grade reader

Recommended Age: 8 to 12

Age of Child: Not read with child.

Young Reader Reaction: None offered by this reviewer.

Adult Reader Reaction: Because the author phonetically spells the Spanish words Melanie learns, I found myself saying some of the words aloud and learning quite a few things along the way. An appendix of all the foreign words Ms. Weston used would have been an added benefit to the book.

Pros: With Love From Spain, Melanie Martin will make you want to take your kids on a European adventure of your own, no matter where you live in the world!

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I highly recommend the book for its witty, yet educational quality.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GIRL, 15, CHARMING BUT INSANE   SAVING FRANCESCA  

Educational Themes: The potential for this book is it's "that's me" value for Tweeners making the transition beyond being big kids.

Notes: Guest reviewer Christine Hohlbaum, SAHM Expert for ClubMom and author of Diary of a Mother, wrote this profile.

Literary Categories: fiction - travel, young adult, series book

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2005

Other Reviews: See series of Critics' Reviews and Reader Feedback at bn.com (Barnes & Noble) and borders.com. Link your blog review of this title here




                 

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