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Say Hola to Spanish, otra vez (Say Hola To Spanish)

Say Hola to Spanish, otra vez (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
Grade 1-4?A rhyming text and bright cartoon illustrations introduce 72 Spanish words in this follow-up volume to Say Hola to Spanish (Lee & Low, 1996). The words seem chosen more for their rhyming qualities than from any logical consideration; e.g., the inclusion of guitars, tubas, oranges, and grapes on the same page?tubas rhymes with uvas. The meaning of most words can be deduced from the pictures, though in some cases, such as juguetes and mu?eca (toys and doll), the objects referred to are not obvious. A glossary with pronunciation guides helps verify what readers may have to guess otherwise. Katherine Farris's Let's Speak Spanish (Dutton, 1995) as well as Rebecca Emberley's Let's Go/Vamos and My day/Mi dia (Little, Brown, 1993) present a wider vocabulary in a format that is easier to follow, though both are less suited for reading aloud. Hank DeZutter's Who Says a Dog Goes Bow-Wow (Dell, 1997) introduces 16 languages in story form. It is superior in illustrative terms. Despite the drawbacks presented by the eclectic word choices and slightly garish illustrations, Say Hola is an entertaining, albeit additional, purchase.?Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews
Another bright-eyed dose of Spanish vocabulary from Elya (Say Hola to Spanish, 1996). Jaunty, rhyming couplets introduce the words, and Lopez has provided illustrations in saturated, paintbox colors. Following the format of the first book, Elya makes an effort to give the platform for the 70+ words some continuity, but some strange bedfellows on the page undercut the lesson's effectiveness: ``Musicians are m£sicos. Flags are banderas. Please don't run when using tijeras.'' Some of the comments are obscure--``Too much [ice cream] makes you gordo instead of delgado''--and sometimes it is difficult to match the words to the images, but this is still a lot more fun than listening to language tapes. And if the words have verve, the art fairly dances off the page. (glossary) (Picture book. 7-9) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880000830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880000830
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Average Customer Review:

    4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - fun way to learn a little Spanish
I like how this is done. I'm a Spanish teacher and I love using this with my younger classes - they love it too. They can very quickly catch on and fill in the blanks. Well-done - just like the whole series.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great introduction to Spanish for young todler
My 3 yr old loves this book. It's a great introduction towards learning Spanish.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - infomative and entertaining for children and adults
A librarian friend recommended this; the bright blue cover with a bull and red cape intrigued me. There are clever illustrations that go along with the Spanish words (I needed to use the glossary in the back for some words). This is a great introductory book for children, but also for someone who is beginning to learn Spanish. Adios!


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Entertaining sequel.
This was an entertaining follow-up to the first "Hola to Spanish." The illustrations are charming, but the "flow" of the story was not as good as the first. Perhaps it bothered me more than my spouse since I'm the one fluent in both languages. He's the one learning Spanish and it doesn't bother him.

Although the Spanish word is bold and in a different font, I still found it a bit hard to read since there are no quotation marks around the word as you would expect with correct grammar. This also affected the flow when reading it to my daughter.

The pronunciation guide in back is very nice and my spouse found it easy to understand. It would be nice if the word was also on the story pages so the non-Spanish speaking reader could know how to pronounce it when reading it instead of having to flip back.

I would recc. this book to anyone wanting something akin to the rhyming Dr. Seuess books, or to anyone wanting a fun way to pick up some Spanish vocabulary.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Say Hola to Spanish Otra Vez Does It Again!
Susan Middleton Elya has done it again! "Say Hola! to Spanish" was delight to read - aloud; "Say Hola to Spanish, Otra Vez" does not disappoint! On the contrary, students from kindergarten all the way through grade 8 delighted in Ms. Elya's catchy rhymes and plays on words. If you loved "Say Hola! to Spanish" the first time around, "Otra Vez" delivers... again and again!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Excellent Beginning Spanish Book for Kids
My four year old daughter would not have anything to do with a Spanish book until I got this one. It's mostly in English, but mixes in over 70 Spanish words in rhyming sentences. The pictures are cute and amusing, which always helps to keep a child's interest. If you are learning Spanish yourself like I am, you'll probably pick up some new vocabulary (juala is cage and tijeras are scissors). But best of all, your child will definitely learn some Spanish. The other day I asked my daughter if she wants to go to the biblioteca and she said, "Oh, the library - sure!".


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A brilliant sequel to a child's introduction to spanish.
Say Hola to Spanich Otra Vez is a wonderful book filled with colorful pictures (written by a four time picture book author) and a wonderful glossary of useful spanish phrases.


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