(as of Dec 09,2020 19:50:21 UTC – Details)
A little mouse walks into the Lost & Found, but can only speak Italian. How will Mr and Mrs Frog figure out what the mouse is missing…? Aimed at children aged 2-7, the unique ‘Story-powered language learning method’ combines humour, story and emotion to gently and memorably introduce kids to more than forty simple and fun Italian words and phrases. “The kids were so busy laughing they didn’t realise they were learning.” Kyle Buchannan, Dad of two, London. It’s a bilingual Italian English children’s book with a difference, that helps lay the foundations of a love of languages.
“I love that I can introduce my kids to a new language without it feeling like homework.” Zoe Reynolds, UK
“Let’s read it again.” Noah, aged 4.5
“Utterly charming story, making use of children’s natural approach to learning language” Madalena Xanthopoulou, We live Languages.
“A wonderful book to introduce a new language into the classroom.” Rohan Plunkett, Deputy Head, Akiva Primary School.
How does the Story Powered Language Learning Method work?
Unlike an Italian picture dictionary, traditional Italian books for kids, dual language bilingual Italian English books, Italian vocabulary book, or other Italian language learning book for kids, the Fabulous Lost and Found uses the ‘Story-powered Language Learning Method’ to teach children Italian by tapping into a child’s natural abilities. There are three steps:
- We create an emotionally engaging and funny story for children and adults to enjoy together, just like any of the other Italian books for toddlers. Studies show that social interaction, like enjoying a book together, is critical in language learning.
- Through the story, we introduce a relatable character who speaks only in the new language. This helps build empathy and a positive attitude towards people who speak different languages. These are both important aspects in laying the foundations for lasting language acquisition in a child’s life.
- As the story in this Italian picture book progresses, the child naturally works with the characters to discover the meanings of a wide range of fun new words and phrases. Strategic use of humour ensures that this subconscious learning is rewarded with laughter; the child feels good and the first seeds of a lifelong love of language are sown.
Message from the Author
Mark Pallis There is a special magic about learning words another language and using them: I truly think it warms the heart. I’ve learnt jokes or songs in ten languages so far and it’s brought me so much joy. This Italian toddler book (Italian books for baby) is first and foremost a really enjoyable story, but it’s also my way of helping little learners engage with a new language, empathise with strangers and ultimately build a love of languages. And it happens without them realising. Any parent who has ever tried to smuggle vegetables into pasta sauce will know that you can get a lot of good stuff into things without kids realising. This book is the same! Italian language learning for kids can be fun. I want you all to have fun together and enjoy the story. All the learning is a bonus; the icing on the cake (or the extra veg in the sauce!). The idea that after a few reads, kids will be able to go up to a native speaker and tell them in their own language: ‘I’ve lost my hat’ fills me with joy. Imagine how proud the child will feel. And imagine how proud you’ll feel too! I hope you have as much fun reading this Italian English book for kids as I had writing it. Learn Italian kids! Mark Italian picture books, italian childrens books, books in italian for kids, books to teach kids italian