Book Review ~ One Third Stories
When I heard about One Third Stories – ‘a story that starts in English and ends in another language’, I was intrigued.
The people at Boolino asked which language I would like to review and I chose the Spanish because I thought it would be a good starting point. Those episodes of Dora the Explorer must have given our 7 year old a good grounding for Spanish surely?…
Seriously though, not being a language expert, I also thought Spanish might be one of the more straight-forward languages.
So that’s what I thought, but I was also interested to see how our daughter would approach it and how she would react.
She loves reading and happily reads fluently alone. And so I had little doubt of her capabilities. As I said, she’s also seen her fair share of Dora so I thought she would already have a feel for the intonations of Spanish as a language! A logical conclusion to draw perhaps?!
What made me smile on reading this book was her realisation that some of the book was in a different language!
When we opened the parcel, she read the cover and I explained what it was.
Curious, she began to read and by page 4 she came across a Spanish word which was very cleverly woven into the text. Having been through phonics, sounding out and blending with her, it was fascinating to hear her do the same with the Spanish word.
I did have to jump in and tell her how to pronounce ‘si’. But due to the accompanying pictures, the word meaning was pretty self-explanatory within the context of the story.
Does the concept work?
Having the Spanish slotted into the text didn’t slow the story down at all, which I thought may have been the case.
A very clever concept that works brilliantly with competent, engaged readers (or at least a 7 year old and her mum!). I can see how this book (and no doubt others in the series) would aide in actually introducing a different language and therefore learning new, basic words.
Based on our experience and our daughter’s reaction, I would highly recommend this book.
Not only for the general concept of ending in a different language but also for the sheets of ‘flash cards’ that come with it. On one side you have the Spanish and the other is the English. A great idea to enhance visual learning. What also impressed me about this book visually was at the start, the numbers were introduced alongside clear drawings of the number of the relevant item, so the child can count them and work out what the Spanish word is for themselves. The package also came with a free audio book download which is a great idea for the pronunciations and also a cute Spanish fact file that you can see here.
With an RRP of £14.99, there is value for money because you do get a fair amount for your money – a good quality, sturdy story book with flash cards. My initial thoughts were that it’s a little bit pricey, but when I considered the concept a little more; that this series could engage with your child and ease your child into a new language, I do think it’s worth it.
What language would you consider buying for your child? Tell me in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂
*I was sent this book for the purposes of this review but all words and opinions are my own (and my daughter’s!)