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Author: Julie Aigner-Clark

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Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children, New York

Material: board book

Summary: Simple objects are paired with common phrases in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Japanese and Hebrew. There is no story, only common objects described in several languages.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 3; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 0 to 3

Age of Child: Started reading with 18 month old child.

Young Reader Reaction: S/Her enjoys pointing to the bright and simple pictures, hearing the sounds of the other languages, and recognizing the English names. The other languages will come with time and practice. The mirror on the last page is an unexpected surprise!

Adult Reader Reaction: The pictures offer easy identification and will continue to be fun as s/he understands that the same item can be described in more than one language.

Pros: Fun pictures, introduces five languages in a simple way, distinguishing them by color (and symbol when the gender of the speaker makes a difference).

Cons: None

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This one will grow with toddler for a number of years.

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Educational Themes: An opportunity for picture identification and a great introduction to languages (English, Spanish, French, Japanese and Hebrew).

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - French, Spanish, Japanese, Hebrew, bilingual, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2003

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