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Don Quixote: A BabyLit® Spanish Language Primer

(BabyLit Primers)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  33 reviews
BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.
Board Book, 22 pages
Published April 1st 2015 by Gibbs Smith (first published February 15th 2015)
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I have no interest in having children at this time, but want this entire series. Adorable illustrations, very educational, and fun to peruse every once in awhile. better yet, each book is a little different. For example one might be counting, one might be colors. But all are in direct reference to classic literature. Don Quixote being my favorite book of all time if I had to choose, I can't help but love this.

Opposing panels in each two page spread give a word and a corresponding image. One in
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a cute, fun starter book for teaching little children a few Spanish words. Words like: man, lady, friend, goat, windmills. Each word is depicted with a picture. Each picture is slightly different when portrayed in English or Spanish. So both English and Spanish speakers can read this book. On the back cover is the pronunciations for both the English and Spanish versions.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I think the illustrations capture the sly humor of the book very well. E thinks that this one tastes the best.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This adorable board book for the very young does everything right. It is part of the “BabyLit” series of literature-inspired books for toddlers and children.

Each page spread features a word in English on the left and Spanish on the right, along with adorable colorful illustrations by Alison Oliver. The words and pictures are suggested from the famous story of Don Quixote (fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha) by Cervantes. In that book, a member of the Spanish nobility r
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
A cute BabyLit board book that introduces some Spanish words along with characters and symbols from Don Quixote.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was very clever, but I'm not sure how many of these words would be very useful. Still, fun and teaches! ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
English and Spanish. Good.
Juliana Lee
Not the story of Don Quixote per se, but an illustrated vocabulary primer for English/Spanish words related to the book.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tjs-reads, our-books
This is a cute book. For some kids, this might be their first introduction to the idea that different groups of people speak different languages.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adorable! Great illustrations with interesting vocab.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Bilingual English and Spanish, and only remotely related to Don Quixote, but adults will enjoy the references while kids will be able to learn a few terms in another language.
Daisy May Johnson
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love this. It's a board book which introduces some of the key words in and around the story of Don Quixote, in both English and Spanish. Each spread deals with one particular moment 'castle / el castillo' and delivers a vibrant, chunky drawing underneath it which ties back into the word. The noises are translated as well: 'baaa' / 'beh beh' for the goat, and 'zzz' / 'sss' for the snoring in the 'bed/la cama' spread. On the back page of the book is a phonetic translation of the words in two col ...more
Alicia Evans
For: lit fans; readers looking for a book introducing Spanish in an entertaining way (one page will have the word and sentence in English while the opposite side with have the Spanish translation).

Possible red flags: doesn't really follow the original work or give context to that story.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty bad art. In the future I will be choosing actual classic board books written in Spanish/bilingual with good art. More for parents than babies.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher as a Goodreads giveaway.

I have LOVED the BabyLit series since it came out, and I made sure that my library has every copy of it. Now, I'm the proud owner of Don Quixote! I have to admit, my knowledge of the original text is limited to a painting by Pablo Picasso and pieces from Man of La Mancha, so I knew a few basics of the story, like Don Quixote is crazy and fights windmills that he believes to be giants. With this book, you don't have to have
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for free via Goodreads First Reads giveaways**

Well, this is just adorable. I'm not a mom, but I am a aunt who loves to spoil her nephews and niece every chance I get, so I do enjoy children's books.
First, what an amazing way to introduce literature to kiddos, even in just this simple way.
Second, how awesome to also be introducing a few Spanish words. Yes, it's just a few vocab words, but nonetheless, what a wonderful way to spark interest.
Finally, this book is
Jill Miller
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This cute, colorful book would be a great addition to any child's library. Even if they are too young to really start to learn much from the book, the bright colors and eye-catching drawings will pull them in, make them laugh and keep them interested. And this book is made tough enough to hang around for years, to be passed on to younger siblings or cousins. Very cute! (I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway) ...more
When I was contacted by Eric from Quicknote to review two BabyLit books, I was thrilled to. My kids really like the two that we have received in the past from Quick Note which were: Alice in Wonderland by Jennifer Adams and Jane Eyre by Jennifer Adams. I was excited to get the chance to review these two books for you as well.

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Cc April
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of a Goodreads Firstreads promotion.
This is an adorable board book for young children. But it goes way beyond your average baby words, It teaches them a few Spanish words, and introduces them to the story of Don Quixote at the same time. The illustrations are fantastic as well. What a clever way to start your child on the road to learning, reading and the classics!
Lauren White
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free through goodreads first reads giveaway.

Very cute text for small children. Uses the basics of language to convey the classic story Don Quixote. Awesome that it is a Spanish one which allows children to experience bilingual texts young. Vivid and engaging pictures and type.
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Don Quixote is a Spanish language primer, which contains words in English and Spanish. The pages are opposite of each other in color, orientation, and language. For example, friend is el amigo and there is a picture of Sancho Panza and windmills are los molinos de viento. It's a clever book, but not a very useful one as most of the terms are too specific and advanced. ...more
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: birch-s-books
I absolutely adore the BabyLit books. The artwork is bright and colorful, keeping my 18 month old's attention. And the topics are things I would like to introduce him to, in this case some Spanish words and the story of Don Quixote. The back of the book even gives pronunciation guides for the Spanish, which really helps. This isn't my favorite BabyLit book, but it is a good one. ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love all of the Jennifer Adams - incredibly clever and delightful - board and picture books that repackage classics for kids and others, however, this one may be my favorite, because it makes me laugh so hard (I'm not sure I'm supposed to laugh that hard, but I do!). ...more
Jillian Eliza
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This sturdy board book is adorable! The photos are cute and colorful, and I love how it mixes in classic literature. I also own the Romeo and Juliet from the series, and it is just as cute as well.

I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.
Matt Miles
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This is probably a better introduction to Spanish than to Cervantes' brilliant novel, but that's to be expected. The art is still great, as always, with some nice inside jokes thrown in for good measure. ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: jns
Who knew that Spanish horses say "relincho"?!? Jackson enjoyed the brightly colored illustrations in this one. ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, the extra half-star being for the animal noises in English and Spanish.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love it! A classic clothed in cuteness! Full review on my blog Guiltless Reading ...more
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
These books are just so adorable! I love the illustrations and the fun opportunity to share the classic story with children along with simple Spanish words.
Oct 02, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2018-aria
Little bilingual word book for kids of literature nerds.
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Jennifer Adams is the author of more than forty books. Her bestselling BabyLit board books (published by Gibbs Smith) introduce small children to the world of classic literature and have sold 1.5 million copies. Her new series of board books My Little Cities (published by Chronicle Books) includes London and New

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