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Traveling with Anna books (Postcards from New York City / Postcards from Chicago / Postcards from Washington D.C.) Review by Charlsie Swadley

Laura Crawford
Raven Tree Press
1400 Miller Parkway
McHenry, Illinois 60050

The Traveling with Anna books are a fun, bilingual series of three books. You travel with Anna to New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C. In each book Anna gives a small introduction to the city she will be visiting with her family. Many times it includes some history about the city's name. Then on each page of the book there is a postcard she has written to different family members and friends. It tells about a tourist site she has visited and gives some history about it. On the same page is a picture of the site as well as several fun and informative facts. The introductions are in both English and Spanish, as are the fun facts. However, the postcards are in English only.

These books would be a fun addition to a homeschool family library. You could use them for Spanish class, history class, or geography. I especially think they would be fun if you were planning to visit one of the cities that Anna visited.

My family really enjoyed these books. We are constantly on the lookout for quality bilingual books, and these certainly are a great find! I especially appreciated the fun, kid-friendly facts that were included--like the fact that President Benjamin Harrison kept a pet goat at the White House!

I do wish that the postcards had been in Spanish. I believe that my children would have benefited from hearing the vocabulary in them. Also, some of the words used in the Spanish translation of the book were not ones my family is familiar with, so sometimes I would end up translating them in a different way for my children.

Bottom line is that this series is a wonderful bilingual resource, and I would recommend the books to any homeschool family!

Product review by Charlsie Swadley, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August 2008