My First Book of Indonesian Words : An ABC Rhyming Book of Indonesian Language and Culture
Overview - My First Book of Indonesian Words introduces Indonesian language and culture to young children in a fun, playful way. The familiar ABC rhyming structure combines with sparkling illustrations to encourage the natural ability of children to pick up new languages and vocabulary quickly. Read more...
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My First Book of Indonesian Words introduces Indonesian language and culture to young children in a fun, playful way.
The familiar ABC rhyming structure combines with sparkling illustrations to encourage the natural ability of children to pick up new languages and vocabulary quickly. Words for things kids already know in English are joined by words specific to Indonesia, giving kids a glimpse into Indonesian life and culture.
Everyday expressions--like "Apa kabar?" which means "How are you?"--give kids a chance to communicate in a meaningful way and show them that when it comes to courtesy and friendliness, other cultures have a lot in common with their own. Cultural and linguistic notes are added for the parents to enhance the Indonesian learning experience. The cheerful illustrations depict a friendly and culturally rich nation, where the people are happy to know you and to share a bit of who they are and how they live.
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Written in cheerful rhymes, this companion to My First Book of Chinese Words and other titles presents an alphabetical introduction to Indonesian words, expressions, food, and other aspects of the country’s culture. Laud’s sleek digital illustrations feature wide-eyed figures enjoying traditional cuisine (“P is for pedas. It’s so spicy hot you’ll squeal—/ Sambal made from chilies/ we enjoy with every meal”) and taking part in various activities, such as a smiling boy with tousled hair seen surfing (“O is for ombak,/ the waves on the shores,/ rising high, crashing down./ The surfers want more!”). Hibbs provides occasional background and context (noting that the Indonesian language, Bahasa Indonesia, “doesn’t have words that start with Q, V, X, or Z”), rounding out a warm, informative overview of the country’s sights and sounds. Ages 3–up. (Feb.)