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Abuelita dice… is in print

New from Ellie Books

When I was a child, we didn’t have the opportunity to learn a second language. We also didn’t have any children in my small-town school whose native language was anything other than English. I suffer today from a lack of confidence in tackling any language other than English as well as from a clear lack of ability to speak or comprehend any other language. Sad, but true.

I’m thrilled that my grandchildren are being introduced to Spanish at a young age. And, I’m thrilled that some elementary schools are offering immersion programs in Spanish.  I wish there were more such programs as well  a wider variety of children’s enrichment programs that introduce the languages our grandchildren will encounter in our world of global communications.

Abuelita dice que es bueno ser inteligente is for all the children of Spanish-speaking families. It is also for all the children learning Spanish in school or through a special private-language camp or program. The book is identical to the original book, Grandma Says It’s Good to Be Smart. 

Title page

I thank Joe Ketarkus for translating the story when I took a mocked-up version of the book to Peru in 2008, and working on the final translation for the published book this year. Thank you to Rosa Medina and Nuria Vega for reading and commenting on the Spanish-language version as native speakers. And thank you to my husband Paul for the patience and skill it took to change the words in the illustrations to their Spanish counterparts. That was a challenge I could not have accomplished without his steady hand and help.

Together, Joe, Rosa, Nuria, Paul and I are happy to be reinforcing the importance of reading, exploring, questioning, imagining, and being proud of one’s every new interest and accomplishment to many more children through the publication of this edition of the book. Enjoy.

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Reading to young children

I had the opportunity to spend a week with my youngest grandson. At the end of that week, he went back to preschool following his spring break and I read to his class before heading back home. This classroom and a few others now have my book for the children to enjoy at their leisure. Jordan is the little guy to my left in the photo. The children sitting on the letters on the other side of the rug (as directed by their teachers) are creeping in (as can be seen by the partial child to the right).

I’m thrilled that the book is reaching more and more children with the message that it is cool to be smart. This means that they enter the world of learning knowing that curiosity, exploration of ideas, reading, and thinking are all positive traits or skills for them to develop.

Early Learning – Book Launch

In November, every parent who values learning should be aware of a new book for children ages 3-7. Aimed to reinforce a love of learning in young children, the book is full of lovable characters, from dogs and frogs to koala bears and horses. Author Ellie Schatz has been a teacher for more than forty years, and has spent most of her career working with smart, gifted, talented children. She wrote this book as a companion to her parenting book on raising a smart child in hopes of overcoming the stigma that often accompanies any show of smartness as children enter the American social world. In many, if not most, school settings, children learn quickly to tone down their vocabularies, hide their enthusiasm for academics, and accept a dumbed-down curriculum. Some of them languish. Others become class clowns or underachievers. Most of them fail to reach their learning potential.

Ellie is now a grandmother of a six-year-old first grader and a four-year-old preschooler. They live in a stimulating home environment. But as they enter these important early school years, Grandma hopes they will retain their curiosity, love of reading, impressive vocabularies, and conversation skills. Grandma encourages them to grow into life-long learners. This book is for them – Benjamin and Jordan. This book is for their peers across the nation.

Watch for news of the book’s release, coming in early November, 2009.

Book for Every Smart Pre-K Learner