Isabella and Ferdinand Ole and Play

In their search for high quality Spanish classes for their own children, two accomplished Latina mothers founded Isabella & Ferdinand Spanish Language Adventures.  Their innovative Spanish language-learning program for children includes the exciting CD-Olé and Play!  Songs from Isabella & Ferdinand Spanish Language Adventures.  The music is fabulous and is a great way to introduce your child to Spanish and the cultures of Spanish speaking countries.  Produced by Grammy and Multiple Latin Grammy award winner Andres Castro, and sung by Latin Grammy-nominated Colombian vocalist Adriana Lucia, this CD will be one that both you and your children will enjoy.

I absolutely love this CD!  Not only is the music wonderful to listen to, but the lyrics are so educational.  A variety of cultural topics are covered including:  Columbus and his voyage to the Americas, artists such as Velázquez, Picasso, Botero, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera, and even Cervantes is introduced in a song about Don Quijote.

To be honest, I was skeptical that music could teach my children culture, but I am amazed by what they have learned by listening to this CD.  They both love singing the chorus, pinta, pinta, pinta Velázquez.  To further their learning from the music, I showed them a print of Velazquez’s Las Meninas and explained the art to them, pointing out that the painter Velázquez from the song was the person who actually painted the picture we were looking at.  I was also stunned this weekend when my elder son asked me to play the song about el caballero.  The song about Don Quijote is now his favorite.  Seeing that I don’t use the word caballero all that often when speaking to my children, I was convinced that this CD is teaching them Spanish and culture.

For a fun CD to teach your children Spanish and culture, I highly recommend Olé and Play.  It is guaranteed to become a favorite of the entire family.

Catch their first video here for the song Las Aventuras de Don Quijote



This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winners:  Diana, Sandy, Kim, Daniel, and Natalie!

We’re giving away a Olé and Play! CD to FIVE lucky winners. For your chance to win just tell us how you use music in your kid´s daily life.

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Sunday, June 5, 2011. Entries/Comments that do not follow the submission guidelines will be invalid and automatically deleted. Sorry, just need to keep it fair. Good luck to all!

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Disclosure: Scholastic provided me with a copy of the book to review. All opinions are my own.

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