Bilingual is Better

Just in time for back-to-school, Scholastic has come out with the latest set of DVDs in its Storybook Treasures collection. Adventures at School includes a total of 14 stories, three of which are narrated in Spanish. Like the Max and Ruby stories, these are short and varied in illustration and topic, with some catchy tunes. Aimed at 3-to-9-year-olds, they feature a range of animals and kids that make for funny characters and relatable storylines.

All the stories feature accurate, read-along narration that proceeds at a pace appropriate for young readers. Parents will recognize several of the narrators’ voices, including those of Zach Braff and Calista Flockhart. From soothing to silly, the array of tones means that the DVDs function well at different moments when kids need entertainment: after school, before and after naptime, or when Mom and Dad están ocupados. They are also great supplements to the actual books upon which the DVDs are based and can provide some variety in your child’s television and/or movie routine.

My little one’s favorite of the three Spanish stories is Monty, about a caimán who plays taxi for his friends. As with other Scholastic stories, the Spanish narration is clear and not maimed with slang. Since I know firsthand how difficult it can be to create material that is not partial to any particular dialect, I appreciate the use of “standard” Spanish in educational materials. No matter which version of Spanish we use with our children, we want them to be able to easily transition to listening to other versions and reading vocabulary that may be synonymous with what we use at home. DVDs like this can serve as reinforcement of the fact that Spanish is used in many places, by many people, and in a formal context.

Because of the format and subject matter, these stories may even be useful in a classroom setting. I suggest that parents and teachers alike enter to win this fun collection and consider buying one as a gift. This is my favorite Scholastic product thus far!

THE GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the winner:  Melissa!

We have one Adventures in School DVD to give away to one lucky winner.

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