We recently had the chance to review a couple of awesome Bilingual products from Criss Cross Mangosauce, a bilingual resource for programs for children.
We were sent Chipi Chipis Small Shells of the Sea book. It is a father daughter story influenced by Venezuelan traditions. The author states that Chipi Chipis is a sort of small clam found in the beaches of Venezuela. They are used to make delicious soup!
Criss Cross Mangosauce Review
We truly enjoyed this sweet story. My kids loved hearing the descriptions of the wind, ocean, and shells. The story paints a very vivid tale. The colorful big pictures helped engage the kids to point and ask questions. The book is filled with 32 pages of Bilingual, English-Spanish, Fun!
Books like this allow my husband to be a part of story time as well. We took turns reading the story to the kids. They seemed to enjoy it in both languages. The book also includes the exact recipe used to make Chipi Chipi Soup!
We also enjoyed the Criss Cross Mangosauce Music CD – such a fun way to learn Spanish! The CD includes a vareity of songs I use to sing as a kid. It was great to sing and play along with my kids to old favorites.
We danced to Hokey Pokey, much like the traditional song game I participated in as a kid. I liked that the song prepared the kids to sing what body part was next in English, even though the song was in Spanish. This helped them to learn their body parts in Spanish!
Last, but not least, Open Shut them! I was surpised to find that the kids thought this song was funny. They truly enjoyed it. They caught on fast to what Abre Cierra was, since the English part of the song came first and then the accompanying Spanish helped them identify what they had already done previously.
Criss Cross Mangosauce is a fantastic site for parents, like myself, encouraging their children to become bilingual, with fun products and programs to engage kids in various ways, whether it be music, arts, or literature.
Disclosure: I was provided with the products for review however I was not compensated. The above are my true and honest opinions.
Ruby is many things, but foremost a wife and mother to her 2 little ones. She and her husband are trying to raise bilingual/bicultural little beings. She’s originally from Orange County, California, but recently moved across country after her husband completed his duty with the US Navy. They now live in New Jersey, where her husband is originally from. Ruby enjoys time with her family, visiting new places and people, all things crafty and of course, meeting other bicultural parents! Find her on her blog, Growing Up Blackxican.