122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing. Too superficial and lacking concrete advice.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Bilingual Family (Paperback)
As a parent trying to bring up a child as bilingual, I found this book disappointing. The main negative point is the lack of useful tips and advice on bringing up bilingual children, which is what I was hoping to find. The book seems rather aimed at parents who have not yet decided whether to bring up their child as bilingual or not (there is a whole chapter on this decision, but little to help those who have already taken it). The first couple of chapters contain too much superficial introduction to basic linguistic concepts not directly linked to bilingualism. Part II of the book - brief case studies of bilingual couples and children - is often interesting, and Part III ("an alphabetical reference guide") contains some useful material, along with much that is less useful and relevant. On the whole, the quantity of really useful information in the book was limited. I found the books on bilingualism by G. Saunders of much more practical use.