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Summary: Wordsworth the parrot uses pictures to introduce Spanish words for one's body, clothes, toys, people & professions, house, food, animals and transportation. This is a pictoral dictionary for teaching Spanish.
Type of Reading: read aloud, playtime reading
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 0 to 8
Age of Child: Started reading with 20 month old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He loves to look at the pictures and point to objects while we read the Spanish & English words.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is an easy way to teach Spanish. Given the short attention span of the 20-month old, not sure starting at 6 months would help, as s/he isn't interested in repeating the words, just listening.
Pros: Like all Baby Einstein products, it's designed so the toddler can maximize learning. The 'chapters' allow you to parse the learning. We let the little one pick the subject area, and we work on just those words at a session.
Cons: This is an identification/naming/matching book. The pictures are objects, and the pages don't lend themselves to adding a story (or verbs!).
Borrow or Buy: If you're serious about teaching language early, this is a good one to have on the shelf.