Wednesday, June 20, 2018

"¡Hola! - Let' s Learn Spanish: - a bookwrap

Today's featured book is an easy and fun introduction to learning the Spanish language. 


¡Hola! Let's Learn Spanish
Authored by Judy Martialay

*PoliglotKidz Press
*Language: English 
*For audio, go to

Editorial Reviews

¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish  Visit New Places and Make New Friends is a children's language book unlike any other. It is an easy, fun, and exciting way to give kids a head start in Spanish or widen their already existing vocabulary.
~ Faridah Nssozi for Readers' Favorite

"HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish Visit New Places and Make New Friends!"introduces children ages 6 through 10 to the Spanish language and provides an enjoyable experience learning the language as well as to teach them a useful skill. "HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish" begins with an introduction, where Pete the Pilot invites children aboard his magic plane for an imaginary trip to Mexico.On board, children are given some basic words and expressions to learn. It is thoroughly 'user friendly' in content, organization and presentation, making it especially useful for parents who are home schooling their children, as well as an ideal language studies elementary school classroom curriculum text. Very highly recommended for school and community libraries. 
 ~ James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Diane Donovan, Editor, Midwest Book Review, The Education Shelf

In the Author's own words

"I wrote ¡Hola! Let's Learn Spanish to give children from the English-speaking world the opportunity to begin study of a language at an early age.
Young children have more time to master a language, so that they will have a marketable skill by the time they enter the workforce, along with the amazing benefits of being bilingual: greater cognitive ability, thinking skills, better memory and concentration, appreciation for other cultures and our own, appreciation and respect for diversity.
One of the most rewarding features of knowing another language is the ability to make friends around the world.
You can learn a language at any age, but children have the unique ability to hear and reproduce the sounds of another language like natives."

There are lots of resources on the website to enjoy!  Please visit to find: 

* An audio version of the book.  Please download before using to ensure great pronunciation
* tips for parents
* Downloadable activity sheets
* downloadable pages from the book
* family friendly recipes from the Spanish-speaking world
* downloadable game  

 Unwrapping a few illustrations to enjoy

About the book

Pete the Pilot boards the children on his plane and off they zoom to Mexico.  While on the plane the children learn some basic Spanish words and phrases so they can speak with the Mexican people when they reach their destination.  

The children meet up with Panchito, an adventurous Mexican jumping bean who is very excited and happy to accompany the children as they experience Mexican culture at it's finest.  

This educational and fun book contains both English and Spanish words.  The Spanish words and phrases are printed boldly allowing the young readers to differentiate between the two languages.  The fact that the book is not in text-book form but woven into a lovely story will be a great hit with children learning a new language.   

The author has added additional activities to accompany the story:  a list of words and useful expressions that are contained in the book, instructions and a template to help children create a mask, and encouraging words to help children perform a skit so they can   practise their new found language to family and friends in Spanish, just to name a few!

If your child is interested in learning a new language this book is a gentle, interesting and educational way to get them started.  

Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author

Hi, I'm Judy Martialay. I live in Sea Cliff, N.Y. with my husband. My daughters are grown up. I have a toddler granddaughter.
I have lots of interests; I am a guitar jammer, a painter, gardener, knitter, volunteer, and I love to cook (but have to watch my sugar). I studied Japanese, but had to give that up when my Japanese friend with whom I exchanged lessons moved away.
I retired from teaching foreign /world languages, and now I devote time and energy to advocacy for foreign language study for the Public Advocacy Committee of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT). 
Foreign language learning is an uphill battle in the English-speaking countries. I think, though, that more parents are becoming aware of the many benefits of being bilingual, and they want their kids to learn languages.
I wrote the books ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Languages and Bonjour! Let's Learn French because I want every child to have the opportunity to learn a world language at an early age. This is the best time to start learning a language. Children's brains are wired for learning languages. They have a better chance for acquiring native pronunciation, and they have ample time to become truly proficient in the language. 
I often hear the comment from teachers of young children:" Children absorb languages like sponges."
My granddaughter hears Spanish every day; she has an au pair girl who speaks to her in Spanish. She understands everything.
I want children and their parents to enjoy the experience of learning languages. It is an adventure into the soul of another world. 

If your child continues study of a language, he or she will have a skill that will provide life-long benefits.

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