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In this fun and imaginative book by foreign language teacher Judy Martialay, Pete the Pilot takes readers to Mexico, where they meet Panchito the Mexican jumping bean. Adventures abound as Panchito explores the Mexican culture, learning lots of Spanish words and phrases along the way.

Panchito’s adventure begins in a bean field, when he hops into a basket of beans and is whisked away to the market- el mercado. After exploring the many sights and sounds of the village, he finds himself at a birthday party –fiesta de cumpleañoswhere he makes lots of new friends and learns even more words to say in Spanish.

What a fantastic book! Kids will love to follow along with Panchito through his many antics and adventures which make language learning fun. Full of adorable illustrations, the story is so entertaining that you don’t feel as though you are practicing language lessons or drilling vocabulary. Each new word is introduced with the English translation, then repeated throughout the book so that readers can practice them multiple times. 

Included in the back of the book are several activities for kids to continue practicing what they’ve learned, including a quiz, a skit to perform with their friends, interesting facts about the Spanish language and Mexican jumping beans, a song about a piñataand more. Readers can go to http://www.polyglotkidz.com for the audio accompaniment to the book. ¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish is a engaging and wonderful way to get kids interested in learning a second language, highly recommended!

Rating: 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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About the authorJudy Martialay

Judy Martialay was born in Mount Vernon, New York, and received a BA from Mount Holyoke College and MA from Columbia University. She taught Foreign Language in elementary school, middle and high school.

During and after retirement, she devoted time to public advocacy for foreign language education with the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.
Her dream is to give all children the opportunity to experience a foreign language, as early as possible.

Judy has traveled to Mexico, France, Spain, Italy, Algeria, China, Ethiopia, Greece, Israel and other countries. She loves guitar, oil painting, and gardening. She is currently studying Japanese. She lives in Sea Cliff, N.Y. with husband Javier, has two daughters and one granddaughter.

You can learn more by visiting http://www.polyglotkidz.com/

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