With Love From Spain, Melanie Martin

Summary:

The Martin family band together for a two-week Spring break vacation as seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Melanie. Readers join Melanie through the pain and confusion of first love as she fills her senses with the compelling Spanish landscape.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

With Love From Spain, Melanie Martin will make you want to take your kids on a European adventure of your own, no matter where you live in the world!

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Adult Reader Reaction

Because the author phonetically spells the Spanish words Melanie learns, I found myself saying some of the words aloud and learning quite a few things along the way. An appendix of all the foreign words Ms. Weston used would have been an added benefit to the book.

Type of Book:
This is an amusing linguistic travel adventure written in diary format.
Educational Themes:

The potential for this book is it's "that's me" value for Tweeners making the transition beyond being big kids.

Reading Level:
4.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 to 13
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Not read with child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. I highly recommend the book for its witty, yet educational quality.

Title With Love from Spain, Melanie Martin
Author Carol Weston
Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers, Imprint Knopf Doubleday © 2004
Illustrators Marci Roth
ISBN 0375926461
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Family, Coming of Age, Europe | European People
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