Of course one of the greatest things about living in the big city is the cultural and ethnic diversity. From the time they are small children here interact with people from many different backgrounds. It is truly one of the things I like best. Rachel Isadora celebrates this diversity in a simple but special book, Say Hello!
Carmelita, traveling down the block to visit Abuela Rosa says hello in 9 different languages. 11, if you count dogs and slang. Isadora's cut-paper collage (I really am a sucker for collage.) illustrations are cheerful and colorful, depicting an appealing neighborhood full of restaurants, shops, parks and, most importantly, lots of friends.
This is a terrific introduction to different languages for pre-school children. Encourage your children to say all the different hellos as you read the book. It's a fun way to say "hello" to the New Year.
Big Kid says: I know that "Hola" is Spanish.
Little Kid says: Jambo! [This was his favorite.]