If you follow my photos on Instagram (posted as part of my work for Calico Spanish), you know that I’m at the library a lot, and I’m a bibliophile. Especially library books. In Spanish. For small children.
Okay, so I do teach very young children at a homeschool co-op, and even more importantly, my own little ones are on a bilingual journey, but whether you teach littles, have littles, or are just building up a Free Voluntary Reading library, you’ve got to get your hands on Mi primer ABCdario.
A brief thumbs down…
I’m going to start with the one ping I have on this book: cursive. I swear a lot of children’s resources are developed by people who either don’t have kids or didn’t get into their kids’ minds when writing the resource. Putting a lot of cursive in a resource intended for a child anywhere south of 8 years old is a foolish mistake, in my opinion.
A big thumbs up – way up.
And now for what I love.
Which is every single other thing.
Such as, that each page incorporates words that start with the letter in incredibly fun ways.
But come on, every good alphabet book does that. But then, does it turn the words into a seek-and-find? This one does.
And do super fun stuff with the weirdness of the adopted letter W?
And crack jokes about the new 2010 RAE changes?
And invite kids to ask their parents about the 2010 RAE changes with some super subtle sleuthing hints?
In short, I love this alphabet book, and you must have one.
(And I don’t get any kickbacks for saying so, ha.)
By the way, in case you’re still not sure what exactly happened to the alphabet thanks to the RAE’s meddling in 2010, over at Calico we’ve updated our alphabet song to reflect the current RAE official alphabet. Enjoy.