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Author: Carol Weston

Illustrator: Marci Roth

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Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers,

Material: paperback

Summary: The Martin family band together for a two-week Spring break vacation as seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Melanie. Readers join Melanie through the pain and confusion of first love as she fills her senses with the compelling Spanish landscape. This is an amusing linguistic travel adventure written in diary format.

Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 13

Interest Level: 9 to 13

Reading Level: 4.5

Age of Child: Not read with child.

Young Reader Reaction: None offered by this reviewer.

Adult Reader Reaction: Because the author phonetically spells the Spanish words Melanie learns, I found myself saying some of the words aloud and learning quite a few things along the way. An appendix of all the foreign words Ms. Weston used would have been an added benefit to the book.

Pros: With Love From Spain, Melanie Martin will make you want to take your kids on a European adventure of your own, no matter where you live in the world!

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I highly recommend the book for its witty, yet educational quality.


Educational Themes: The potential for this book is it's "that's me" value for Tweeners making the transition beyond being big kids.

Notes: Guest reviewer Christine Hohlbaum, SAHM Expert for ClubMom and author of Diary of a Mother, wrote this profile.

Literary Categories: fiction - coming of age, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2005

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