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Baby's First Steps in French (Living Language Series) [Abridged] [Audio CD]

Erika Levy

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Book Description

20 Sep 2001 Living Language Series
Baby's First Steps in French is a great way to invigorate babies' minds and give them an extra edge for learning down the line.

Created by an expert in linguistics, this program is based on well-known and proven principles of language development in young children. Babies and toddlers have a natural gift for languages. They learn them effortlessly, and, unlike adults, they can make the sounds of any language in the world.

The audio CD surrounds babies with the sounds of French through soothing lullabies, songs, rhymes, words, and phrases. The accompanying book for parents is entertaining, informative, and explains exactly what's going on in their baby's head. Best of all, the program is easy and relaxing--perfect for new parents with so little time (and energy) to spare.

Key Features:
* The program is based on established and accepted research in child language development
* For newborns to 24 months
* The book is fun and easy, and requires little time
* The CD can be used in baby's nursery or on the go

60-minute audio CD, 80-page book and 16-page lyric sheet

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD! Highly recommend 23 July 2004
By Herve Bronnimann - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter is starting to struggle with three languages (French from me and Japanese with her mother, living in English-speaking New York City). And so when it comes to getting help, this CD was one of the best. She was fascinated with a few songs (notably Sur le Pont d'Avignon), but mostly (and this is one of the goals of the CD) she was exposed to a variety of French sounds, esp. the rolling R, which she does beautifully now. Given that I'm the only French speaker around her, and her grandparents visit only so often (at most twice a year for a few weeks), this CD was invaluable.

I couldn't care too much with the booklet that came with it, but I read it and it wasn't uninteresting, only I was familiar with the theories explained. But it serves as a nice reminder of how to best expose your child to sounds from another language, and should help English-speaking folks who want to use it for their children. The songs include various classics (Frere Jacques, Pont d'Avignon, Savez vous Planter les Choux, A la Claire Fontaine, and also spoken rhymes and more creative ones) in beautiful tones (nice electronic instrument, appropriate for children, and yet with a rich harmony). This is a CD that I also enjoy listening to, and also to remind myself of the lyrics---I'm afraid I'll have to learn them all over again. And I surprised myself humming them many times on the way to the playground.

Now we're going to start playing it again for her little brother.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Program We've Found 13 Dec 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
We have a huge collection of French materials for small children, and this is by far the best. The music is good, the singers/speakers are natives, and the whole presentation is lively and fun. Our 18-month-old has been listening to this for a year and loves it. (Yes, she's actually learned some French words!)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding collection 16 Feb 2002
By Holly Hobby - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fabulous collection of rhymes and songs that are pleasant for both kids and adults to learn. My daughter is 2 and takes French at a language school. The teacher was very pleased to have this available as there is so little available for toddlers learning a foreign language
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and best value 9 Jan 2007
By K. Wan - Published on Amazon.com
I have used a few French learning CDs for my 3-year-old daughter, including this one and the Beth Manner CDs. My girl likes them all but I find this one the best in terms of quality of recording, clarity of speech, authenticity in accent, and being entertaining even for adults. I agree with the other reviewer that the thick booklet about learning theories is less useful (because I don't need to be convinced about the benefits of starting a foreign language early). The CD and the script book are wonderful tools for learning French while also being entertaining. This is the only CD among many I've used that I truly enjoy listening to repeatedly (even though I already speak quite fluently and am just using it for my girl). The songs are outstanding--the music and singing are of professional quality and I'm amazed this whole set (including 2 booklets and a CD only cost about $10). The French poems, songs, rhymes, etc. are all very authentic and beautifully recorded by native speakers who did such a fine job in making everything fun and exciting to listen to. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who loves the French language.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit disappointed 3 May 2007
By Prisca Hakimjee - Published on Amazon.com
I just got this item yesterday and have not had a chance yet to go through the book but my first reaction is a little bit of disappointment.

I may not have read the exact description of the product but I was expecting a board baby book with lyrics and pictures and not a guide for parents that I am sure is nonetheless very interesting. We have another CD with a board book and it is truly amazing; The book is colourful and some of the songs are interpreted by children which is the second thing I was expecting from this product. It is so much fun to listen to those cute little voices instead of those quite boring adult voices.

The only thing I like about this CD is that it has a lot of songs and rhymes that I grew up with and I am glad that my son will be able to learn them because for most of them I had forgotten the lyrics.
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