Wednesday, 19 January 2011

SPANISH - Dora's Perfect Pumpkin

Isobel has been sick -- again!  It seems like it is a relapse of the bronchitis she was suffering from before Christmas.  As a result of the heavy chest and coughing fits, she has had to miss Kindergarten and the regular Monday ballet session.

Trying to find activities for her to do, we went to the library and borrowed several Level One "Ready-To-Read" books which are printed by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division.

One of these was "Dora's Perfect Pumpkin" by Kirsten Larsen.  The book has little icons for words that are repeated -- like DORA, PIE, PUMPKIN, etc.  One of these icons is for "Abuela" and it is this strange person, "Abuela" that is baking the pumpkin pie. 

I was reading the book and said, as an aside, "I don't know who this 'Abuela' is," and Isobel astounded me by informing me that "ABUELA is DORA's Grandmother.  That's how you say Grandma in Spanish!"

Doesn't she look like a kindly grandmother??
Wow ~ !  A five year old that knows more than her Mum!  Once I had that tidbit of information, the whole heartwarming story made complete sense!

I wonder how many other Spanish words she has casually learned...

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