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5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun Learning., 2 Nov. 2012
Usborne's "First Thousand Words" series are great teaching aids especially for working with children. Whatever the language, the pictures are the same, and the family illustrated are a slightly caricatured version of an "Anglo-Saxon" style family. If you want insights into the landscape or culture of the target language country, these books are useless. But if you want to practise and learn vocabulary, especially if you are teaching somebody whose mother tongue you do not know, then these books are ideal. Every page has a picture full of colour, action and incident, with lots of humour. For the little ones, there is the fun of looking for the "little yellow duck" who is featured in each scene. (In the kitchen scene, he is to be found revolving behind the porthole of the washing machine, poor thing !) They are great for practising such questions and answers as "What colour is ....?", "How many ...can you see?", "What is X doing?", "What is Y going to do?" etc. etc. I must confess that I prefer the larger edition; the mini edition is rather small to appreciate all the detail in the pictures, perhaps, though far more convenient to carry about.
Adolescents would probably be snooty about these books as being too childish, but for younger children and for adults, these books are great.