Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Review: Buenas Noches, Amigos

Buenas Noches, AmigosTitle: Buenas Noches, Amigos
Author: Heide P. Madera
Illustrator:  Christina Spangler
Genre: Children's bilingual singable book
Publisher: Sing-A-Lingo
Physical Description: Full-color paperback
List Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-9825846-0-6
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Create your own bedtime routine in Spanish! This colorful picture book follows a youngster, his cat and an adventurous mouse on a journey from bathtub bubbles to sweet dreams. The 2 songs provide a soundtrack for singing along, as the lyrics serve as the text for the stories. (Songs included through instant download to your computer and/or iPod-digital music player). Text is provided in both Spanish and English, and the songs are also printed with musical notation for creating your own sing-alongs.

This book has been written and published by Sing-A-Lingo as part of the En Mi Casa Spanish-All-Day Program. Our goal it to help parents and children engage with text in Spanish (and English) while reinforcing the vocabulary and connections with our popular Burbujas/Bubbles and Buenas Noches/Good Night songs. En Mi Casa is a great way to sing, laugh and learn.

What Mom Liked:  I am terrible at languages, which is kind of sad because I've had the opportunity to learn quite a few.  I've been trying to figure out how not to pass this handicap on to my daughter, so I was excited to experience Sing-A-Lingo:  "where young children learn language through song."

This particular book includes English subtitles as well as the Spanish, and even labels various objects in the illustrations.  The songs are simple, with words you'd use regularly with a child.  Tips for learning Spanish together are listed in the back.

When we got the book, I attempted to sing it in Spanish, and I butchered both the Spanish and the tune!  Fortunately, the book includes instructions to download the two songs, and we had a much better time following along with the music, then reading through in English.

I don't suspect I'll become proficient in Spanish after going through this book, but I did notice that I recognized a few Spanish words in a Dora episode - that's gotta count for something!

And I must mention the illustrations - they are simple, but colorful and full of little details that can be discussed endlessly with a three-year-old...

I also appreciated the sheet music at the back - it's always nice to be able to reproduce the music ourselves.

What Mom Didn't Like: This is certainly not a comprehensive study in Spanish, but it's a great start for little ones.  There's really nothing I don't like.

I will mention that it's all pretty simple - the words, the illustrations, the music and recordings.  That could be considered a positive or a negative  - from my perspective, I see it as a positive.  Languages scare me - and this doesn't seem that scary!

Thanks to Sing-A-Lingo for the review copy of this book, and to MamaBuzz for coordinating the tour.