Book Review & Giveaway: Dos Idiomas, One Me!

Dos Idiomas, One Me is the story of a young girl who feels torn between two languages. At home, she speaks Spanish, at school, she speaks English, and she finds herself resenting the fact that she has to translate her thoughts and feelings. Then, she realizes that being bilingual is a gift. She begins to have fun navigating the space of inclusivity and starts to relish the role of teacher and translator.

By equally incorporating Spanish and English, Dos Idiomas, One Me promotes biliteracy. As young readers see their experiences reflected in the story of another dual-language speaker, they can feel encouraged to embrace all aspects of themselves.

Guest Review by Jessica Kobrin Bernstein at Peekababy

What a lovely book! The illustrations are incredibly charming–with bright colors and well-drawn multi-ethnic characters. The adorable gap between the two front teeth of the girl who is the narrator of the book just makes me want to give her a great big hug!

As a teacher and as a parent, even one who does not speak Spanish, I love how seamlessly the Spanish and English are woven together in this book to really give the reader a taste of what it’s like to live two languages at once. This combination of the two languages, also made the book easier to understand for a non-Spanish speaker. It is so nice to read a book where the bilingual child finds a way to share her home language with her friends and take pride in all facets of herself.

“A charming book depicting bicultural identity. Maggy Williams takes the reader into the struggle and joy a child experiences while not feeling ni de aquí, ni de allá, and yet from both sides.” – Anel Duarte, artist and poet

“Such a unique, inspiring story that captures the heart within seconds of reading! A powerful, dynamic rendition of what it means to be a bilingual child. Every family should read it!” – Sabrina Suarez, artist, advocate, and community leader

“Esta pequeña historia guarda un gran tesoro. Para todos los niños que tienen la gran oportunidad y capacidad de aprender dos o más idiomas a la vez, de una forma natural. Que puedan apreciar y sentir la fortuna de ser completamente bilingües desde una edad temprana. Una ventaja con la que contarán el resto de sus vidas y que podrá ser de gran ayuda para ellos mismos y muchos otros a su alrededor. Un lindo recurso para todos los padres que quieren enseñar a sus hijos la riqueza de formar parte en varias culturas a la vez.” – Irma Erichsen, author and artist

“Dos Idiomas, One Me illustriously guides young readers and their grownups towards understanding that differences make us unique and special. Beautifully written!” – AnnaMarie Jones, co-creator of the Demystifying persity Podcast.

From Loving Healing Press 

Audience 6-8 years

Available to buy from…   GPlay  Kobo  Barnes and Noble  Paperback  Hardback   Audible

Also available in audio!

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About the Author

Maggy Williams started writing at five years old and hasn’t stopped since. She loves creating stories for young readers because they have the best imaginations and because she never wants to grow up. When she’s not writing, she enjoys acting and comedy improv, which is basically just make-believe for grown-ups.

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Book Review: ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay



¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish Visit New Places and Make New Friends! introduces children to Spanish. The purpose of the book is to give children an enjoyable experience learning the language as well as to teach them a useful skill. The age range of children is roughly 6-10, although it should include the largest age range possible. It is especially useful for parents and children who reside in the many districts where foreign language is not offered in elementary school. My hope is that kids and their parents will be inspired to continue their study of Spanish throughout school, so that they can truly communicate to the millions of Spanish speakers throughout the world. The book can be used by older children themselves. It can be adapted for use in Foreign Language in Elementary School , FLES, programs and in Foreign Language Experience, FLEX, programs. It can be used by librarians. It would make a great gift for grandparents, relatives or anyone who has a child in his or her life and would like to give that child the beginning of a truly world class education. It can be used by parents, whether or not they speak Spanish, and their children. There is an audio version of the book on Children and parents should follow along with book and audio so that they learn the best pronunciation. The book begins with an introduction, where Pete the Pilot invites children aboard his magic plane for an imaginary trip to Mexico. On board, children are given some basic words and expressions to learn. Parents and children will have best results when learning the Spanish when they repeat often, and use the Spanish in everyday life situations. The book is designed to help them do that. When the children arrive in Mexico, they meet Panchito, the jumping bean, and they follow his adventures while learning Spanish, and becoming acquainted with the culture of Mexico. When they return, they bring their Spanish back home with them. In the activities section, they are encouraged to use Spanish in every day situations. For example, they have a treasure hunt of people and objects around their house. They can have fun putting on a skit with their friends. In the Culture Corner, kids learn more about the different customs that they meet during the story, and they get more ideas on how to use their Spanish. They can sing the traditional song for breaking the piñata. In the craft section, children can make a mask with frijoles, beans that they encountered in the story. There are more opportunities for using Spanish. With the vocabulary section, they can hear again how each word or phrase is pronounced. With ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish, children engage in a variety of activities designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles, and enjoy communicating in Spanish.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author.

¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish is a children’s book that starts to teach Spanish to children. It begins with a few words that are going to be in the story and then the story is about children being taken to Mexico by Pilot Pete to learn about Mexico as well as the Spanish language. The children meet a jumping bean and follow his adventure. After the story, are more words, many activities, and customs of Mexico.

Included in the book is a link to an audio version. It is narrated by the author, who speaks the English parts, and another lady, who speaks the Spanish parts. It’s a great addition to the book to help parents and children know the correct pronunciation of the Spanish words. 

¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish is a great resource for parents and teachers to help children learn Spanish.


About the Author

14552261Judy Martialay was born in Mount Vernon, New York, and received a BA from Mount Holyoke College and MA from Columbia University. She taught Foreign Language in elementary school, middle and high school.
During and after retirement, she devoted time to public advocacy for foreign language education with the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.
Her dream is to give all children the opportunity to experience a foreign language, as early as possible.
Judy has traveled to Mexico, France, Spain, Italy, Algeria, China, Ethiopia, Greece, Israel and other countries. She loves guitar, oil painting, and gardening. She is currently studying Japanese. She lives in Sea Cliff, N.Y. with husband Javier, has two daughters and one granddaughter.