Amazon.com: Customer reviews: The Fabulous Lost and Found and the little mouse who spoke Tagalog: heartwarming & funny bilingual childrens book Tagalog English to teach kids Tagalog ('Story-powered language learning method')
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It's a cute story and I like the concept of learning a new language through a story. The illustrations are also cute. There are a few downsides like a hyphen in pangginaw that shouldn't be there. There were also English words that were given Tagalog spellings because those words don't really exist in Tagalog. For example, sweater and computer. Scarf was kept exactly the same. The mouse was also looking for his sumbrero, but it turned out to be a beanie (not quite the straw hat that sumbrero refers to). They used many English and Spanish derived words like shades and pantalon instead of using words with actual Tagalog translations. In this regard, it felt like a stock book where they have one story and one set of illustrations. Only the non-English words change to the new language so you end up trying to fit Tagalog into the story instead of letting Tagalog words shine. It's still a cute book that will help kids start learning a new language, but if they only have this book, they might learn that Tagalog is similar to English and Spanish and so miss out on an awesome language.
Love this book. It isn't just a book with Tagalog words thrown in. There is a plot and the situation is something that kids can relate to. They can read this book over and over and pick up the key words and vocabulary easily just by context and looking at the beautiful illustrations. They are also common, everyday words: colors, size, parts of the body, everyday items and greetings. Great book to have in a bilingual home and classroom.
I was given a copy of this book as a gift and this is a fun, sweet story to read that I even enjoyed reading it. It's like being a kid again, as I really enjoy and into kids books. Even the expressions on the characters faces is a thumbs up. This could be a fun way of introducing a new language (Tagalog), to kids from learning some basic words to even counting numbers in Tagalog.