Review: My Very Own Big Spanish Dictionary/Mi gran diccionario de español
Title: My Very Own Big Spanish Dictionary/Mi gran diccionario de español
Authors: Editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries
Illustrator: Pamela Zagarenski
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Paperback: 48 pages
Ages: 3 – 5
My Very Own Big Spanish Dictionary/Mi gran diccionario de español is an excellent dictionary for young children starting to learn Spanish. The dictionary includes 165 basic words in both English and Spanish with corresponding illustrations. It includes an index in alphabetical order, and activities, numbers, colors, and shapes sections. It also includes the days of the week and months so children can learn about calendars.
The illustrations have an old-school feeling but are engaging. I think that the listed activities are helpful. One is to "identify the things in different groups in the book." My three-year-old was entertained for a long period of time finding all the animals in the dictionary and matching them to those in another book. The indicated age range is from three through five, but I think older kids, who are starting to learn Spanish, can also benefit from it.