Tuesday, 26 July 2011

JaJaJa Books: Lucy & Lucia Play Hide And Seek - Early Spanish

Maybe I'm a little optimistic but I was always told that the first years of a child's life are when they are the most influential when it comes to picking up and learning new languages. So when JaJaJa Books asked me to review their new girls book called Lucy & Lucia Play Hide And Seek I was really happy as their books are written predominantly in English but with Spanish words and phrases mixed in so that your child can pick up and learn Spanish without even realising they're learning!

Lucy & Lucia are charming young girls, who get into all sorts of adventures. In this specific book they play hide and seek which enables the author, Genevieve Yusuf, to incorporate Spanish numbers and counting along with other useful words and phrases that your little one will hear whilst you read to them, or read to themselves without realising that, whilst enjoying the story, they are learning Spanish.

Lexi, although still very young, thoroughly enjoyed Daddy reading the book to her and was got very animated pointing at the Spanish words and showing Daddy her favourite pictures and parts of the book.

Personally I think the story is good - Lexi certainly seemed to enjoy it - but think the illustrations are a little childish and primitive. This didn't matter to Lexi though because she thought the pictures were wonderful and loved the bright, simplistic colours and design so I think Mummy is in the wrong in this instance and Lexi is probably right; with a children's story book which also adds the factor of learning Spanish, perhaps amazing illustrations isn't needed as the story and the Spanish content speak for themselves and like I said, Lexi seemed to love everything about it.

Overall, a brilliant concept, well-written and I really think that the Author has found a niche in the children's book market. Perhaps in the future, Lexi will be fluent in Spanish, French and many other languages all thanks to JaJaJa Books with Mummy picking up a few more languages along the way!

There are lots more stories due to be released soon which Lexi will be very excited about but in the meantime, pop over to JaJaJa Books website and order your copy of Lucy & Lucia Play Hide And Seek for only £4.50 here.

There's also games, information about the Author and Illustrator and more information about the books on their website here. You can also pop over to their Facebook page and say hi here. Make sure you let them know that Loved By Lexi sent you :)

Thank you JaJaJa Books; Lexi learning Spanish without realising is definitely Loved By Lexi's Mummy. Lexi reading and enjoying the book, loving the pictures and learning Spanish without realising are definitely Loved By Lexi.


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