This beautiful book by Michael Grejniee follows two children through their day using opposites. The vocabulary is practical and it is wonderfully supported by the illustrations. The meaning of each simple sentence is reinforced by the contrast to the opposite.
For example: Estoy adentro. (I’m inside.) The illustration shows the little girl playing in the house. Estoy afuera. (I’m outside.) The illustration shows the little boy playing in the yard.
This book includes vocabulary and structures that I always teach in the first weeks of Spanish lessons for children. For example, tengo means I have.
Tengo uno. (I have one.) The illustration is of the girl with one fish. Tengo muchos. (I have many.) The illustration is of the boy with lots of cats.
Finally, this simple story uses one of the most useful structures in the Spanish language: qué to exclaim what or how. ¡Qué calma! ( What calm!) exclaims the girl watching butterflies, but ¡Qué ruido! (What noise!) she cries as her brother plays a horn.
Add this useful structure to your time with your child.
– ¡Qué bonito! How pretty!
– ¡Qué grande! How big!
– ¡Qué buena idea! What a good idea!