Think about curling up with your little ones as they’re tucked into bed, ready to read a nighttime story. Wouldn't it be amazing if you could use this valuable time to teach them a new language or little life lessons?
Malty the Blue Tiger is a line of dual language children's books that makes practicing Spanish or French vocabulary easy for both new learners and bilingual families. These charming bilingual books feature color-coded vocabulary words, illustrated glossaries, and informational sections about blue tigers in either English/Spanish or English/French. They are rich in sight words and repeated phrases for easy learning, and teach categorizing skills, spatial vocabulary, counting, colors, animal names and sounds, sentence structure and rhyming, and important social lessons.
The story stars a female protagonist named Malty, a blue tiger who goes on a journey to make new friends — only to be criticized for the sound of her roar along the way. Yearning to fit in, she attempts to mimic every character she meets: yellow birds, purple monkeys, and even a red truck. It is only when she is lost and alone that she discovers her true sound, and her true identity, are what will help her reach her destination. This tale stresses the importance of diversity and staying true to what makes you one-of-a-kind.
Malty the Blue Tiger books can be found in classrooms around the world, including those in the United States, Europe, and Asia. They have also been used by Albuquerque Public Schools as a statewide training tool for teachers. Amazon reviewers have called the book “a delightful read for both children and adults alike” and “the very special children’s book the world needs today.”