The Goodees are four friends - a dog, a pig, a bear and a frog. They each speak a different language, like different foods, and all love to have fun together.
In the first Goodees book you get to meet the four characters and learn how to say hello and various colors in all four languages the Goodees speak.
The second book in the series, appropriatly named "Goodees Duex," adds all kinds of fun words about shapes and food.
I love that these books are bilingual (multi-lingual actually), and the characters are silly and fun - what kid doesn't love that? But there is so much going on in the book for kids to learn that it is hard to focus on each thing. I would love to see each character get their own set of books. The size and type of paper and binding reminded me of a coloring book.
- What is your favorite color? Favorite food? Favorite shape?
- What language(s) do we speak at home? Do we know anyone else who speaks a different language?
- How do you feel about playing with kids who are different? How can we make it fun for everyone?
Activities for Kids:
- Play "I Spy" with both colors and shapes to help your child observe the world around them and enforce these concepts.
- Color your own animal character that likes all the things you like. What is your characters name? What things do they like?
- Do some language immersion by visiting a restuarant that primarily speaks another language other than English, a cultural event, or even find a DVD at the library that is in another language.
Cultural Diversity: Use this book to talk to your kids about everyone being different and that we can all still be friends just like the Goodees are.
Children's Book Review Rating: 3 Stars*