Teach Me Everyday Spanish (Volume 1)


An introduction to Spanish using everyday household words, like cat, dog, bed, house, mom/dad/brother/sister. Also includes poems and songs, as well as a CD with the songs on them. Cute illustrations show what is being said, and everything is translated into English.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The pictures are cute and brightly colored, which will keep kids interested in the book. The CD is a definite must for using this text with a non-Spanish speaking adult-child reading.

Content Awareness Factors:

This is probably better for ages 5 and up, or a really motivated 4 year old, whose parents are also motivated.

Little Kid Reaction

They liked it OK. They responded to the pictures fine, but had a weak connection with the Spanish words.

Parent Reaction

Yes. The illustrations were cute. I liked that it came with a CD. Some of the dictation (words in the book are spoken in Spanish) was spoken rapidly, perhaps a little fast for early learners who are not familiar with the language. The songs are sung by a group of 1-2 adults and 2-3 children. I thought this was cute but a little distracting, as the pronunciation is not as clear in the group. The songs are actually mostly English songs, translated into Spanish, which makes for good tune recognition but a little awkward in fitting all the Spanish words into the rhythm. Overall, a good introduction to Spanish, although it will need to be read multiple times before the text begins to sink in. It was difficult for Mommy to read, as I do not know Spanish. Had I been more motivated to teach the Spanish words, I think I would have been able to make it more interesting. IT was still a little much for a 3 year old, but probably on target for an advanced 4/5 year old. 6-7 year olds, probably, would have done superb.

Type of Book:
Learn basic concepts and nursery rhymes in Spanish with this book and CD.
Educational Themes:

In addition to learning Spanish words, the book promotes music (singing). Together the book and CD open the door to discussions regarding people who live in different parts of the world – both differences and similarities (e.g., we all have parents, we sleep in beds, we speak different languages.)

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with boys 3 and 5
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. For the motivated parent, this would be a good buy, since you will be reading it multiple times.

Title Teach Me Everyday Spanish

Teach Me Tapes, Spanish Volume 1

Author Judy Mahoney
Publisher Teach Me Tapes © 2008
Illustrators Patrick Girouard
ISBN 9781599721026
Material Hard Cover
Cost $19.95
Genres Foreign Language | Bilingual
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