ELENA LA BALLENA by Patricia King


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Yet another attempt to solve the problem of making the learning of languages attractive to beginning readers (since it is at that level that a good many schools are introducing the subject). In this case animals provide the subject matter- a duck in the French primer, a whale in the Spanish. Actually these are picture books with captions in French and in Spanish. Only in a glossary at the back of the book is the English equivalent provided. No attempt is made to solve the pronunciation problem, so the books should be used with parents or teachers. Records are available at $3.50 each- which would make this an expensive package. Even if one accepts this method of teaching, the fact that neither book provides anything of background appropriate to the countries from which the tongues derive is a serious shortcoming.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1960
Publisher: Follett