I was provided a free copy of “Mi Primer Libro Bilingüe: La Comida – My First Bilingual Book: Food (Spanish and English)” so I could review it.
My goal this summer is to improve my children’s Spanish language skills and to aid me I am making use of the best bilingual books I could get my hands on. One of these is our newly acquired Mi Primer Libro Bilingüe: La Comida – My First Bilingual Book: Food (Spanish and English). This is a wonderful book for learning new words in Spanish or English while doing one of our favorite family activities: cooking together.
The book is organized in 3 main sections : La Comida/Food, ¡Vamos a Cocinar!/ Let’s Cook! And Recetas / Recipes.
- La Comida / Food section teaches children simple vocabulary words related to different kids of foods. It also includes some interesting information regarding the origin of some words or the way in which we use them. I enjoyed learning a couple of new things and the kids thought it was really cool that some words like aguacate have their origin in the Aztec indigenous language.
- In the ¡Vamos a Cocinar!/ Let’s Cook! section the vocabulary that has already been learned is used in everyday phrases like “What do I want to eat for lunch” and the different foods and ingredients are grouped together to make different dishes.
- Finally the last section : Recipes / Recetas includes simple, easy to make and kid friendly recipes that you can make together as a family and that include the vocabulary words that have been previously learned.
Like most children my kids learn best by doing and this book is just ideal as a tool for learning Spanish as it combines the instruction with hands on activities. With Mi Primer Libro Bilingüe: La Comida – My First Bilingual Book: Food (Spanish and English) my kids had fun learning the new words and how to use them in phrases and finally helping me in the kitchen as we prepared simple, kid friendly meals that let them practice those newly learned vocabulary words and phrases.
The illustrations are colorful, fun and engaging and captured their attention making the whole learning process enjoyable. The author Mar Andres Thomas is an expert in second language acquisition and her extensive experience in teaching Spanish to children of all ages really comes through in the way that this book is organized and presented. The layout is clean and makes this book easy to understand even for smaller kids. The book also provides some fun games to reinforce the vocabulary words. I love the way it is organized making the learning process very natural. Both of my children are looking forward to learning about the foods and ingredients for our next recipe.
To learn more about Mi Primer Libro Bilingüe: La Comida – My First Bilingual Book: Food (Spanish and English) you can visit the author’s website LearnSpanishFastForKids.com and like Mar Andres Thomas on Fecebook. The book is available at Amazon HERE:Mi Primer Libro Bilingüe: La Comida – My First Bilingual Book: Food (Spanish and English) .