Right in time for Multicultural Children’s Book Day (January 27, 2018) and also for Valentine’s Day, we are featuring the interactive board book How to Say I Love You in Five Languages by Kenard Pak.
Meet five children who speak different languages: English, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin. The text offers a greeting, a simple phrase, and “I love you” written in each language (accompanied with English translations). Press the buttons on the right side of the book to hear the children say their version of “I love you.”
Youngsters soak up languages, so it is important for them to be exposed early. Even if they don’t formally study the language, recognizing a few phrases will expand their vocabularies and grasp of grammar. Children also enjoy interactive books, which makes this a winning combination.
On a practical note, if you’ve had “speaking” books in the past, you know that the batteries can wear out quickly. If the battery is hidden within the book, there isn’t much you can do about it. The designers of this book took this into account. The battery pack is exposed in the back of the book, so you can change the battery. The designers also provided a tiny on-off switch on the battery pack, which you’ll need to make sure is “on” before you hand the book to a child.
How to Say I Love You in Five Languages is a delightful book to give as a gift for a young child. It is love in book form.
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Note: This book is offered for pre-order until its release February 14, 2018.
Age Range: 5 – 6 years
Board book: 10 pages
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions; Ill edition (February 14, 2018)
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