Childhood Adventures, Set 1 (in Spanish with English translations) are six delightfully humorous, fully illustrated (B&W) stories that perfectly complement the topics taught in the Year 1 Sing ‘n Speak Spanish program. Any elementary Spanish teacher can also use them regardless of curriculum. Children love the funny illustrations and are thrilled when they understand a whole story in their newly developing language. With stories, children learn grammar easily and naturally.
It is challenging to find storybooks that are simple enough for beginning language learners that tell a story and are also entertaining. Watch how quickly your children will read these stories on their own – in Spanish – with perfect pronunciation and comprehension!
Although designed for elementary-age children, anyone learning Spanish can enjoy these stories, including children who are already at a higher level. Even native Spanish speakers enjoy reading them.
For Teachers or Parents, we have a 179 page 8 ½” x 11” spiral bound book that includes all six stories. Perfect for story time in the classroom or at home. Each illustration is in landscape orientation on a full page with all the words in large fonts. Includes an audio CD that narrates the stories in Spanish and in English and has English translations at the end.
For Students, we have a set of six separate 28 page storybooks (4 ¼” x 5 ½”) – perfect for young children’s hands! Includes an audio CD that narrates the stories in Spanish and in English and has English translations at the end.
NEW! These stories, sold separately or as a complete set, are now available in iBooks! They are read-along stories in Spanish, with written English translations at the end. Download them onto your iPad – search by author (Julia Burnier), set title (Childhood Adventures), or by the names of the individual stories (shown below).
You can also download the set or individual stories to read on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or your computer. On these devices, the books are “read-along” stories where the text is highlighted as the words are spoken. Click here for the iTunes page for the set; links to the individual stories are in the left margin.
The following is a synopsis of each story:
1. La Clase de Español (The Spanish Class) is a darling story where children in a classroom have a special and very unusual animal visitor who is quite hungry.Topics: greetings, items in the classroom, numbers, and telling time.
2. Anita, la Niña Bonita (Anita, the Pretty Girl) is about a young girl who wishes she were prettier. Her fairy godmother grants all her wishes. Eventually she learns that she is just right the way she is. Topics: parts of the body and adjectives.
3. La Noche Larga (The Long Night) is about a young boy who has a rough night and ends up being too tired to go to school the next day.Topics: telling time, feelings, weather.
4. ¿Los Humanos son Amigables? (Are Humans Friendly?) is about an alien who goes to Earth to find out if humans are friendly. He has to dress up as a human in order to find out – only he really doesn’t know how to do this! Topics: clothing, parts of the body.
5. ¿Qué Pasó con la Casa? (What Happened to the House?) is a funny story about out-of-control pets who make a huge mess while mom and dad are out at the movies. Topics: items in the house, fruits.
6. La Siesta Peligrosa (The Dangerous Nap) is a story about an oblivious young boy who encounters many dangers when he escapes from his room during a nap – all while his tired mother is napping! Topics: items in the house, numerous verbs in the 1st person present tense.