We were kindly sent several weeks ago, the dual language book Bosley Bear Goes On Safari by the author himself, Tim Johnson. I thought it was fitting as my daughter has been really interested in learning a few words in different languages. She was keen on French, which is what they are learning in school right now and of course, Spanish as she was an avid viewer of Dora or maybe still is at age 8.
Obviously, she will not learn to speak the language just by this book alone but it is quite handy to know more than several words in Spanish. Maybe more than what she learned by watching Dora. The book has pages that are divided into two sides, with the left side in English and the right side in Spanish.
In each paragraph, there are a few words that were translated into Spanish which in turn gives the child an idea what the words are as they were being used in a sentence. The sentences are also closely matched with the illustrations which give the child an opportunity to relate to the images, also giving more ideas on what the words are. I think this concept is essential as it makes it fun making it interesting for the child and the parent. This also makes it easier for the child to retain and remember the meaning of the words.
The series comes in several books and are available with dual language translations in a variety of languages, including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.