Bilingual Book Review: Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Illustrated by Annie Kubler
Hardcover
Ages 0-3
Review by Maureen Pugh

This sturdy, oversized (it runs a little over 8 inches square) board book brings the classic song to life with a couple of giggle-producing twists – at least they made my 5-year old giggle!

The text runs through the classic poem three times, changing the ending the second and third times through. Toddlers will love the last verse, which has the reader row the boat to the “shore,” and then ends with ”if you see a lion, don’t forget to roar!”

Although this book is targeted to the under-three crowd, personally I have found that dual language board books have served me well beyond the toddler years. The repetition helps reinforce the language skills I am trying to teach, and sometimes it is nice to have a shorter book to read.

The book’s bigger size allows for the larger eye-catching illustrations, which depict babies of different races rocking to and fro together. The back cover shows the notes to the song in case you might want to play it on an instrument.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat is a vailable in English with translations in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog , Urdu and Vietnamese.

If you’re interested in purchasing this book please visit the webpage at www.languagelizard.com/Row_Row_Row_Your_Boat_p/row.htm

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