Vibrant colors, simple shapes, and visually satisfying designs make these four brief foreign-language phrase books unusually...

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COLORS: HOW DO YOU SAY IT? NUMBERS: HOW DO YOU SAY IT? PICNIC: HOW DO YOU SAY IT? SHAPES: HOW DO YOU SAY IT?

Vibrant colors, simple shapes, and visually satisfying designs make these four brief foreign-language phrase books unusually appealing. A wide white and a narrow black border frames each vivid illustration, with a single word or phrase in English appearing on the right-hand page. With each quarter turn of the book, the reader sees the picture at different angles and the word translated into French, Spanish, and Italian. The white left-hand pages show the words written phonetically and indicate the language. A final page provides very brief notes on pronouncing the language. Shapes and Numbers are the most satisfying of these. Geometric shapes (circle, square, oval), and common items (scissors, pencils, marbles) are presented in contrasting colors that nearly vibrate off the page. Picnic tells a story with tablecloth, utensils, food and finally ants. While the words and phrases may not be essential first ones for the student, these are attractive choices for browsers.

Pub Date: Dec. 15, 1987

ISBN: 688-06948-7

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 1987