Every month I will be doing an Usborne Bookshelf Giveaway, and this month is a great chance for those of you who love your children to learn about other cultures--namely the Spanish language. This is from my own library and it's a gently used edition of First Thousand Words in Spanish. I bought this book at the last library book sale because it's in such great condition and because I have a lot of friends who will be teaching (or are teaching currently) their children the Spanish language.
These books are awesome. Our children are learning French at home and I own the First Hundred Words, and bought a new copy of First Thousand Words, both in French, for our personal library. At over 60 pages, these books are great 'first reference' books for young learners, and engage children between the ages of 2-10. I know that's a large range, but the way they are broken up can be easily captivating for the smallest audience (with the Usborne/Cartwright duck on each page spread), easy reference in the back including numbers, shapes, and colors, and engage advanced learners or mid elementary because of the breakdown of the language concepts.
The pages are 2 page spreads and have a large picture, with the vocabulary words, and a matching picture that fills the border on all sides. For example, the first page in the First Thousand Words in Spanish is 'La Casa' (home) that has a picture of inside 4 main rooms in a house, with all the lovely Cartwright illustrations (Stephen Cartwright was a prolific illustrator who created many of the lovable and recognizable characters in Usborne books like Poppy, Sam, and Rusty from Apple Tree Farm) doing different activities throughout the house. On one of the side borders the pictures and Spanish words, "la cama", " la silla", "el edredon", "el peine", etc. are there to not only match to the picture, but also to give the reader an individual knowledge base of the Spanish word, and what it relates to.
The other great thing about these books is that they are now internet linked. This is one of my favorite points on Usborne books, and why we keep so many handy for elementary school. The internet link page is here. When you get to the page, you type in the title of your book, and then the page number that you'd like to look up. With all different types of IL (internet linked) Usborne books, science, art, language, whatever, there will be activities, worksheets, audio, etc. that add to the experience and the knowledge the child is learning. These language books are no different. Unfortunately this is an older version so it is not advertised as internet linked, but going to the quick links page can easy get you one of the 1000 words spoken so your child can practice saying the word properly (they just might not be the exact same pages as the most current edition).
So...which one of you lucky readers wants it for a child in your life?
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This giveaway is open to continental US , and will be drawn by random generator on the evening of Thursday March 1st. The next giveaway will be March 22nd.
Giveaway closed--Out of 2 people, random.org picked #1, Kylee Brock