Russian, Japanese, Swahili, Spanish--how does each language sound? What are people of each culture like? Children can find out with this brightly illustrated introduction to foreign lands. "Along with the pleasure of adventure is the recognition of community with kids everywhere".--"Booklist". Full-color illustrations.Russian, Japanese, Swahili, Spanish--how does each language sound? What are people of each culture like? Children can find out with this brightly illustrated introduction to foreign lands. "Along with the pleasure of adventure is the recognition of community with kids everywhere".--"Booklist". Full-color illustrations.Read Less
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As a kindergarten teacher I use this book to not only help children to understand that people speak different languages and there are different parts of the world, but also to help foster the emotion that second languages can be fun. We learn to speak other languages by using this book. We learn how to say yes and no in 5 different languages and the song is very catchy!
Publishers Weekly, 1994-01-17 The lyrics to a children's song from the '60s serve here as text to introduce a variety of cultures to young readers. An adventurous boy boards a plane bound for various points around the globe. At each destination he asks the question ``What is your language?'' and receives a response from some friendly native kids, e.g., ``My language is Chinese / This is the way it sounds: / shi shi shi shi shi shi.'' Although a page with a simplified musical score and an endnote about languages--containing a pronunciation key--are somewhat informative, their isolation from the text makes for a disjointed reading experience. Readers must infer from stereotypical objects in Wellington's flat gouache and watercolor paintings which country is being visited. The moon-faced children all wear the same vapid but cheerful expression throughout the book. Though the emphasis on cultural tolerance is promising, this volume delivers little more than the translation of ``yes'' and ``no'' into a few foreign languages. Ages 2-6. (Jan.)
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