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Say Hola to Spanish (Say Hola To Spanish)

Say Hola to Spanish (Say Hola To Spanish)
Author/Publisher: Susan Middleton Elya (Author), Loretta Lopez (Illustrator)
Emphasis: spanish for kids
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2?"Spanish is fun,/ so give it a try./ Hola is hello,/ adios is good-bye." So begins this catchy introduction to some basic vocabulary. The almost-musical rhymes resemble a commercial jingle and facilitate learning. The Spanish terms are printed in bold throughout the text, along with plenty of visual clues, to make it easy for youngsters to decipher them. A glossary of the 70 words with pronunciations and the English equivalent is provided. However, since the pronunciation guide appears at the end, the book is best suited for reading aloud by a person already familiar with the language. The colorful cartoons are adequate, but often awkwardly drawn. Lynn Reed's Pedro, His Perro, and the Alphabet Sombrero (Hyperion, 1995) is similar in scope.?Maria Redburn, Irving Public Library, TX
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Ages 4-9. "Spanish is fun, / so give it a try. / `Hola' is hello, / `adios' is good-bye." In such singsong, Dr. Seuss-style rhymes, more than 70 Spanish words are introduced either directly or through usage. In purple, hot pink, melon, and turquoise, the exuberant gouache and colored pencil illustrations are flooded with creamy southwestern hues. Together, text and illustrations create a fiesta of lively language fun, perfect for spicing up a story hour or sneaking in a first Spanish lesson. A Spanish language teacher for 10 years, the author hasn't forgotten to include a glossary and pronunciation guide at the end. Annie Ayres


Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880000644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880000649
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Average Customer Review:

    4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Say Hola to Spanish
I loved this book. It contains an entertaining, fun story, in rhyme about the Spanish language. I will use it for my elementary Spanish classes here in Garland, Tx.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Comprelo!!!
Great book. Highly recommended! I bought this and also the Say Hola to Spanish(otra vez). The rhymes are great sticking in my 2 yr old son's head! He practically has this book memorized. Even when the translation isn't given one can guess through the wonderful drawings. There are some books I bought that I dread reading to my son, He is in that stage where he wants his stories read 10 times in a row!. But even I enjoy reading this book to my son over and over. A must have for helping the little ones learn a 2nd language.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Painless language lessons
Why wasn't this author a language teacher...we would all be bi-lingual and poetic too. My 4-year old daughter asked me to by the author's other books after reading this one.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Useful for Learning Vocabulary
I immediately noticed the publisher of Say Hola to Spanish is Lee & Low, the prominent publisher of multicultural children's books. Also noted is the fact that this is the first book for both author and illustrator. As an introduction to simple Spanish words, this is excellent. A glossary and pronunciation guide to over seventy words come in handy when you're going through the pages.

Simple text is highlighted by representative illustrations:
"A dog is a perro, a cat is a gato.
You drink from a vaso, and eat from a plato."

I could imagine memorizing the entire, brief text and learning seventy Spanish words in short order. It has high informational value (I never realized `mosquito' is Spanish) and could bear to be read repeatedly, especially if you put the words to a tune.

The awkward, yet attractive illustrations are cartoon-like and colorful, along the lines of a Scooby-Doo cartoon, whom the dog character resembles.

This is a great selection for all ages interested in learning Spanish vocabulary.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - My niece loved this!
I had seen this book in the bookstore, but I had resisted buying it because it doesn't use the Spanish articles. However, after my niece kept repeating the 10-15 Spanish words she learned at school and from watching Dora the Explorer, I realized that this book would be great for her (and my sister/her mom who doesn't speak any Spanish). The first time I read it to her, she repeated every verse back to me--on her own, I did not ask her to do it. I think this will help her learn quite a few more Spanish words.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Fun rhymes!
Really fun rhymes to teach some Spanish vocabulary terms (book "flow" though is in English).


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Say Bravo to Hola!
Do you need a book that will delight children from 5 to 13? "Say Hola! to Spanish" did exactly that for my students, from kindergarten through grade 8 - er, ocho. Children of all ages (and that includes this middle-aged teacher of Spanish) will delight to the likes of the following: "Your hair is your pelo, your nose is nariz. Your grandmother's pelo is probably gris." "Bread is called pan and cheeses are quesos. That's what we eat, but perros eat huesos." Learning foreign words could not be more fun!


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Review of Say Hola to Spanish
Say Hola to Spanish

By Susan Middleton Elya

Reading Level 1.3

Say Hola to Spanish teaches all the basic words in a dictionary (like table, horse, etc...). Once your young son/daughter reads this book. He/she will be sharing this book with friends and talking Spanish when she knows something he/she can say. This is a great book for birthday presents, presents for communions, and Christmas presents. This is a great book for children ages 4 to 6. If you would like to learn the basic Spanish this is the book for you!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Ever Heard A Toddler Say "Hola!"?
This is a wonderful book for any bi-lingual (English/Spanish) parent wanting to expose their child to the Spanish language in a fun, gentle format. My daughter asks for "Hola" to be read to her and it is written in such a way that non-Spanish speakers (like the baby sitter, Grandma, Daddy, etc.) can read and correctly pronounce each Spanish word. I would highly recommend this for any child's book collection.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Say Hola to Spanish!
This is the cutest book ever! In my high school Spanish class our teacher read it to us, and we all loved it so much that a few of us went out and bought it ourselves. It is my new favorite children's book. It has bright pictures that are really cute. They have their own style. There are cacti with hats, and ufos, in random places, it's so adorable. It also has a very catchy rhyme pattern, and it is a great way to introduce children to Spanish. I give this book my highest praise!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Say Hola to Spanish
I found this book in the library and LOVED it for my 3 yr old. I'm buying this book and "...Otra Vez" in paperback for him. He loves it and since I'd really like to start him learning a second language early, this is perfect! The mixture of English and Spanish in rhyme makes it easy to understand and fun to read.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great way to teach Spanish words to young children!
Great way to teach children Spanish. I used this book when I was teaching some daycare chilren.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - GREAT for 4 / 5 yr olds!~
My children both loved this book. They laughed outloud and would repeat the words as I read! Now I am back to check other books by this author!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Say Hola to this great book!
This book is an excellent introduction to spanish for kids. It intersperses english and spanish, so kids will stay "tuned in" to the book. The easy rhymes help hids learn and remember the spanish words, and the silly illustrations are engaging and reinforce the text. It's fantastic!


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - What fun
This book is a fun book to read because of the way it rhymes. It introduces basic spanish words that are understood by using the sentance and illustrations as clues. It is a good length and provides a pronouciation guide in the back of the book.



Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - What fun
This book is a fun book to read because of the way it rhymes. It introduces basic spanish words that are understood by using the sentance and illustrations as clues. It is a good length and provides a pronouciation guide in the back of the book.


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