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¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish is the perfect ticket to introduce a young child to the adventure of learning another language. If you know no Spanish, don’t feel intimidated. Along with the child you will learn more than a salpicado of words: greetings, a basic dialogue, numbers, days of the week, short phrases to express emotions, and a potpourri of words that can be used any time. You will find good ideas to put to use what was learned such as creating a treasure hunt, a skit, and planning a birthday celebration where you can bring all out. You may even want to boast by singing along the authentic piñata song.

No need to reach out to your smartphone and google translate. It’s really easy to figure out the words which are woven into a narrative that carries the reader and the listener/s along for the ride.

Bring ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish home and lead your child into a new, different and exciting cultural experience.


Anahi Walton Schafer, Spanish teacher


Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

In¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Pages and Make New Friends by Judy Martialay, Pete the Pilot takes kids on a new adventure aboard his magic plane, and this time the destination is Mexico. He has a lot in store for kids. They will learn about Mexico, about the interesting Mexican culture, the children of Mexico and, most importantly, they will learn Spanish. As they follow the exciting story of Panchito the jumping bean and his adventures, kids will have a chance to learn about life in Mexico with helpful tools to help them understand and memorize Spanish words and phrases they will come across throughout the story. 

¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Pages and Make New Friends by Judy Martialay is a children's language book unlike any other. It is an easy, fun, and exciting way to give kids a head start in Spanish or widen their already existing vocabulary. The book also teaches kids other important social values like making new friends and how to introduce themselves to new people. The style in which the book is written sets the agenda from the very start by using both English and Spanish right from the table of contents. By introducing just a few Spanish words at a time and blending them into the story, Judy Martialay ensures that kids are allowed time to internalize these words without hindering the flow of the story, thereby keeping it fun. The book also includes several useful and exciting tools to help kids memorize, understand, and put into practice the new words and phrases so far learned.




Format: Paperback Five Stars: Rich in Spanish Exposure w/Free Online Audio Stream

Review by Maura Ann Rubies, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer Vine Voice

This children's paperback sends you on a flight with Pete the Pilot as he takes his magic plane to Mexico. It opens with a fun story about Panchito--a Mexican jumping bean. You follow him on a brief adventure from his field, through market, to fiesta. Along the way, you meet people and experience new things while learning beginning Spanish words and phrases.

The drawings are simple yet colorful with a few color photographs included. The font is nice and large, with the story being bigger in size than the rest of the book. It's all very comfortable on the eyes, especially since EVERY Spanish word appears in bold.

One of my favorite aspects of the book, is that you can easily stream the audio version for free online at the website (provided in blue on the back of the title page). The author Judy Martialay narrates (with native speaker, Maria Fernanda Pardo who says the Spanish words/phrases). It's a must-have for learning the pronunciations. Play this for bedtime, bath time and/or mealtime to get as much exposure to the language as possible.

"UNA MASCARA/A Mask" is a craft project project with templates for making both male and female masks to decorate with beans. I love that there are photographs of completed samples. This inspires children to want to make one (or more) of their very own. You could then use these (or simple puppets made of popsicle sticks or paper bags...) to act out the characters as you reread the book. Note: An actual skit (Where is Panchito?) is located in the following chapter.

"TE TOCA A TI: It's Your Turn" is a chapter that provides activities to enable you to work with the Spanish words/phrases found in the story while adding many more into the "mix." You'll practice introductions, choose responses, identify items, place nouns in locations, hunt for specific people/things listed in Spanish, perform a skit and study expressions...

In "RINCON CULTURAL/Culture Corner," you learn some aspects of Spanish culture, including practices that inspired this story, like a song that is sung when trying to break a piñata and the mystery behind what a "jumping bean" actually is!

At the end of the book, you'll find "PALABRAS/Words" containing all the Spanish words organized by which section they were first introduced.

This is an excellent book that demands a sequel--you can't help but learn some Spanish from this rich experience.

*Complimentary paperback provided by the author for review purposes.





Amazon, Goodreads

In her book for littles aged 6-10, former French and Spanish teacher Judy Martialay takes kids on a spirited adventure to Mexico where they meet Panchito, a Mexican jumping bean who does not want to end up in a pot with other frijoles.

Since this is a book for kids, and I have two of those, I downloaded the ebook and set up shop to take them through Panchito's tale. Full disclosure, my kids are younger than the recommended age group, but they stuck with the story portion of the book. The Spanish words are interspersed into the English copy in such a way as to teach not only the sound of the words but also the context.

In addition to the story section, Ms. Martialay includes practice word lists as well as cultural sections to educate her readers about the places where Spanish is spoken. My children lost interest in this section, but again they are below the recommended reader age.

We reviewed an ebook copy in PDF, so it's difficult to see how the illustrations played into the general layout of the book, but for us, we wished there were more illustrations.  Ms. Martialay could easily break out the Panchito portion of the book, extend the illustrations and create a version of this book for the pre-reader set.

In addition to the book, Ms. Martialay has created a full section of resources including online recordings of the book so you don't butcher the pronunciation (in case you either never took or don't remember your high school Spanish).

All in all the book is a great resource for those hoping to help their little ones become multilingual.

Overall rating: 4 Stars

Stacie Berdan Facebook page

For those parents looking to introduce their children to Spanish -- but don't speak the language or have languages in their elementary school -- "Let's Learn Spanish" by Judy Martialay, a former world language teacher in NY, is a good starting point. The book incorporates Spanish and language, and engaging illustrations on every page bring the stories to life and serve as a visual aid. For some fun and to extend the learning beyond the book, Martialay includes cultural explanations for Spanish language, Mexico, "la pinata" and even shows how to make a mask, "la mascara". The objective of the book seems to be is to inspire curiosity and excitement for learning Spanish in both parents and children - a very worthy goal! The audio version of the book can be downloaded from the website.http://www.polyglotkidz.com/

Stacie Berdan, author of Raising Global Children


This review is from: ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends (Paperback)
We read this book at Christmas to my 3 month old granddaughter. Although she probably did not appreciate it now, she certainly will in the future. My daughter-in-law is a speech language pathologist in Nashville, and was very impressed by the book. I was a Spanish teacher for 34 years and truly enjoyed Ms. Martialay's book. It is filled with useful vocabulary, a cute story, and so many other activities for children to enjoy in addition to many cultural experiences. I especially enjoyed the Treasure Hunt page and Daily expressions. There is even a skit at the end for the children to act out or a pinata to create. Ms. Martialay is certainly a very talented writer and I hope that she continues to create more books of this kind.

Books DirectonLine

The author uses some clever tricks to help readers learn the Spanish language. Pete the Pilot takes us with him on a virtual trip to Mexico, teaching us a few basic Spanish words on the way. We are also introduced to some phrases in the text with Spanish translations in bold. In Mexico, we meet Panchito the Mexican jumping bean. We visit the bean field, the market, and a child's birthday party. More phrases are introduced in context throughout this silly story, which is sure to hold your child's attention.
The words and phrases learned in the story are then reinforced in a segment called "It's your turn", with practical exercises designed to get children talking to their friends and family in Spanish. Then we go on a "Treasure Hunt" to physically find the objects in question; this activity further reinforces memory retention. Also included is an "expression diary" to keep track of how many times a week we use a selection of Spanish phrases. Further activities include a short skit that will get the children acting and speaking in Spanish, cultural facts about the Spanish language and Mexico, the words to a piñata song in both Spanish and English, and a fun craft activity making a mask. Also included is a full list of all the Spanish words used, along with their English translations in alphabetical order by chapter; this list would be more helpful in straight alphabetical order, not separated into chapters.
The cute, colorful, hand-drawn illustrations throughout the text will appeal to children of all ages. They are supplemented by a few color photographs.
The author presents a fun and innovative way for children to learn a new language. A pleasure to read. Un placer.



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Perfect for anyone of any age learning Spanish. Visit New Places and Make new friends with Pete the Pilot and Panchito. Stories in English with Spanish words embedded, songs, art projects, vocabulary and more. This is a fun way to get exposure to the Spanish language.

Bilingual Fun Maestra Jen Blog

I had the pleasure of reading Hola !  Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay.  As a bilingual educator, I am  always on the lookout for quality resources that enhance children’s learning and development of Spanish.


This fun, interactive story is a great tool for elementary age children who are being exposed to the Spanish language.  Throughout the story, kids will have a variety of language exposures through vocabulary, culture, and song.  What I like most about this book is that there is an audio version that can be downloaded so parents and children can follow along with the story.  You can hear the audio directly on the website, and it can also be downloaded as a MP3.   


The cute story follows Pete the Pilot and the friends he meets as travels to Mexico.  Mrs. Martialay is a language educator with many years of experience teaching foreign language, and her background is evident in the way the book is structured.  It is  full of meaningful activities, reinforcements, and interactive lessons to help kids make connections and absorb the language.


I look forward to using this book with my elementary Spanish students this summer for our Culture and Travel unit to Mexico!

For more information, please visit  Polygotkidz.com


Bound 4 Escape

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author.

¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish is a children’s book that starts to teach Spanish to children. It begins with a few words that are going to be in the story and then the story is about children being taken to Mexico by Pilot Pete to learn about Mexico as well as the Spanish language. The children meet a jumping bean and follow his adventure. After the story, are more words, many activities, and customs of Mexico.

Included in the book is a link to an audio version. It is narrated by the author, who speaks the English parts, and another lady, who speaks the Spanish parts. It’s a great addition to the book to help parents and children know the correct pronunciation of the Spanish words. 

¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish is a great resource for parents and teachers to help children learn Spanish.

Espanolita sobre la marcha blogspot

Designed to introduce children between the ages of six and 11 to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture, this book would make a great addition to your home library. Here’s what I love about it:

  1. Child-focused and friendly – Although it’s meant to teach children basic Spanish words, phrases, and cultural knowledge, it’s written in a way that you, the parent, could simply give it to your child to read on her own. There are colorful illustrations, craft ideas, and a fun story of cultural exploration and adventure (meet Pete the Pilot and Panchito!).
  2. Designed for the non-native speaker of Spanish – I can already think of several non-native Spanish-speaking family friends of mine who I’d love to pass this book on to, families that are eager to expose their children to introductory Spanish. I would feel totally comfortable giving this book to these parents (who don’t speak the language themselves) because it presents the language in a natural and non-threatening way. For example, the story about Pete the Pilot and Panchito is written in 90% English with one or two Spanish words sprinkled throughout each paragraph.
  3. Culturally sensitive – It’s clear that Judy took her time to research México, the culture highlighted in the book. There is a section entitled Rincón Cultural, in which she explains in clear, child-friendly language the type of Spanish used, typical food, customs, and celebrations.

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I love it


Book Review: Stacie Williams

Great book for kids 6 to 10 years. It's a very neat learning book. Parents can learn from it too. A great tool for school work in Spanish class at school if a kid is struggling or just wants to learn better at home. I would recommend to all parents.

Website An unconventional Librarian

“The whole world does not speak English”

Think about that statement for a second. What do you mean the whole world doesn’t speak English? Well, if you’re a kid, you might not have ever thought about that. And if you’re not a kid, maybe you didn’t realize it either. Regardless of your age my new friend Judy wants to help you learn Spanish.

And I think learning Spanish is a great idea. I learned French growing up and while it was fun to practice the language in France, I rarely use it. I lived in Texas for 10 years and would realized how much better off I would have been if I’d learned Spanish instead. So, here I am, a grown up, trying to learn Spanish.

Fortunately, my friend Judy has this great book called Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish.

Hola! Let's Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

I love this way of learning because along with a book there’s a website to help you practice your Spanish speaking. So, if you’re a visual learner or an listening learner, you’re sure to learn from this book. The lessons are given in story form: Pete the Pilot takes you on a journey to Mexico and teaches you the things you’ll need to know in order to function on your trip. On the website: http://www.polyglotkidz.com/ you will hear Maria, a native Spanish (Mexican, not Spain) speaker, pronounce the words for you.

It’s a super easy way to learn Spanish! I love the book because the story contains friendly, child like illustrations, and easy sentences with words we will actually use if we were in Mexico. During the book, we attend a party with a pinata filled with los caramelos and meet a new friend, Panchito, the jumping bean. So much cute! The back of the book is like a glossary with conversational skill practices to help you use the words you heard in the story.

I had a jumping bean when I was a kid so meeting Panchito in the story was a cute little bit of nostalgia. The back of the book also contains vocabulary words, geography, and other resources to extend your learning.

It’s muy bien!

Texas Librarian website

This review is from: ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends (Paperback)


Meet Panchito, a Mexican jumping bean, and enjoy a story that blends English and Spanish into a story that is a great read aloud. The author inserts Spanish words throughout the story and either explains the word or uses it in a context that children can interpret on their own. Panchito is looking for friends, but also has to escape some situations that he doesn’t like such as being cooked in pot of beans and being a prize in a Piñata!

Readers are given instructions about how to practice some Spanish terms and phrases with a short play and a song. A weekly chart to keep up with practice is also included. Crafts, such as how to make a mask, are also included as part of the information about the culture of Mexico. A map of Mexico supports the text.

The cartoon-like illustrations are full color and support the text. The paperback book is printed on heavy, slick paper. The author includes a website for the audio version of the book and more activities.

Parents and teachers seeking books to introduce Spanish to young listeners will enjoy Panchito’s adventure.

- See more at: http://www.texaslibrarian.com/book-talks/hola-lets-learn-spanish-by-judy-martialay/#sthash.exAmeh7t.dpuf


Elaine Sloane, Texas Librarian

Website blog Mommy Maleta

Who else would like to visit fascinating places and make new friends? While we can’t always hop on an airplane to make this happen, we can always open a book. That is why I heartily recommend cracking open the pages of ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends.*

¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay is a beautifully written book that introduces children to Spanish. Kids ages 6-10 will enjoy reading the adventures of Panchito, a Mexican jumping bean, who teaches them about Mexican culture and introduces them to Spanish vocabulary.

A great feature is the audio version available online. Native speaker Maria Fernanda reads the Spanish text, so children can hear her beautiful pronunciation. Kids will also enjoy a skit, song, craft, treasure hunt, supermarket and daily expression activities.

I give !Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish a big thumbs up. This is a book that helps children visit fascinating places and make new friends by presenting language, culture, and characters. It is a kid friendly adventure that is perfectly suitable for non-native Spanish speakers. Your kids will thoroughly enjoy it.

Scifi and Scary Blog

My Review of ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

My 7-year-old and I read this book together, listening to the accompanying audio that’s found (for free) onwww.polyglotkidz.com .  I found the book to be perfectly suited for the age range, with simple illustrations that add color to the page without distracting the reader from what they’re reading. The small story about Panchito is written in an easy, flowing way, that help the kids figure out the Spanish words by context and mostly subtle repetitions or hints in English.

The book contains the aforementioned Panchito story, some activities like making masks, vocabulary words, and a skit. My child had an easy time following along, liked going through some of the activities with me, such as responding where she would find certain things (by Spanish name, location), and enjoyed the Panchito story more than I thought she would.

Overall, this was a good read and having the free audio was nice. However, the natural pauses the narrators gave could have been a bit longer. Oftentimes, my child would be in the middle of trying to repeat one of the Spanish words, and the story was already moving on. Even an extra second or two would have been nice. (I got in the habit of pressing pause myself, which isn’t a big deal, but still. Independently, that would have been a pain for my child.)  It was interesting, and definitely kept the 7-year-old’s attention.

Kid’s Review:

Well, I really liked it. Panchito was a really funny name. Panchito was a jumping bean.  I liked the little jumping bean story and the activities too! We looked around the house for stuff, and pretended we were at the grocery store!  The pinata song was fun.

It teaches you about Spanish. If someone, like me, didn’t know how to speak Spanish they should get this book. They would be able to look up how to say words in it. The audio portion mommy played on the computer was pretty cool and I liked that Judy Martialay had us repeating the words, but it went a little fast sometimes.

I do want to visit Mexico one day.

Children's Bookwatch, April 2016

"HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish Visit New Places and Make New Friends!" introduces children ages 6 through 10 to the Spanish language and provides an enjoyable experience learning the language as well as to teach them a useful skill. "HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish" begins with an introduction, where Pete the Pilot invites children aboard his magic plane for an imaginary trip to Mexico. On board, children are given some basic words and expressions to learn. It is thoroughly 'user friendly' in content, organization and presentation, making it especially useful for parents who are home schooling their children, as well as an ideal language studies elementary school classroom curriculum text. Very highly recommended for school and community library Spanish Language Studies instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.99).

Children's Bookwatch, May 2016

"Hola! Let's Learn Spanish" is a fun introduction to the joy of learning to speak a new language, with the assistance of Pete the Pilot and Panchito, a Mexican jumping bean. Pete the Pilot greets children with his plane and explains his job is to fly kids around the world to visit new places and make new friends. Today, Pete is taking his plane to Mexico to visit a sunny bean field. Pete starts with a list of simple expressions in English and Spanish and the children are off. What follows is a lovely story about a wandering jumping bean, written in English but embedded with expressions in Spanish, which are printed in bold. Comic, colored illustrations bedazzle the tale, and in the end the children participate in a birthday party or fiesta with a pinata full of caramelos to be broken and shared. What happens when the pinata is finally broken is a surprise for all (Que sorpresa!). The story of the jumping bean in the pinata ends with some added ideas for increasing Spanish fluency. In "Te toca a ti (It's Your Turn), kids are encouraged to act out a skit with friends, with lost of Spanish vocabulary in a treasure hunt, at the supermarket, and the Expresion diaria, list of daily expressions. A section titled Rincon cultural, or Culture Corner teaches about varieties of frijoles, counting in Spanish, pinatas, and inspires with a song, la cancion, about breaking the pinata, Dale, Dale, Dale. Next a chapter project of making a mask (una mascara) decorated with beans extends the exciting journey to Mexico. Finally a list of Palabras, or vocabulary words in Spanish and English lists the words that were introduced in the book, organized by chapter. "Hola! Let's Learn Spanish" is a creative, appealing invitation to explore the world of fiestas, frijoles, and caramelos awaiting travelers to Mexico.

Nerdgirl Official Blog

  ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends by Judy Martially is a fun way for young children to learn Spanish. The book is geared to children ages six to ten. Ms. Martialay has compiled a variety of activities and approaches through which children, and their parents, can quickly learn some basic Spanish words and phrases as well as learning about the culture. There is an audio narrative that is to be used in conjunction with the book.

Hola starts with an engaging story about a Mexican Jumping Bean. The author reads the story in English while another narrator enunciates some of the words and phrases in Spanish. Students can easily determine the meaning of the words through the simple sentence context. The story is quite cute, and it will appeal to you children. 

After the story, there are a variety of lessons such as introductions, conversations, and things found in and around a home. A skit is provided for students and parents to act out. The physical activity of the skit reinforces the words learned. Furthermore, there are age-appropriate cultural lessons. I enjoyed learning about jumping beans, bargaining in a market, parties and pinatas. Lastly, there is an interesting lesson on masks that includes a craft project.

The combination of stories, skits, crafts and lessons provides a wonderful introduction to Spanish language and culture. I would have loved a resource such as ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends when my children were starting school.

Thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which was done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official:


Julie Galvin, Nerdgirl Official



Comfy Reading Blog

¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay is a fun, yet education look into the Spanish language. I have taken five years of Spanish, so when Judy asked if I would review this book I was more than delighted! Though it may seem like it’s a little bit much to take on, this book is actually very interesting and it makes learning Spanish fun.

We meet Pete, who is going to take us on a trip to Mexico so that we can learn what Mexican people do, and how they speak. We learn phrases such as ¿Que Tal? and Te llamo…. Plus there are many different ways of learning in this book, for example we learn the days of the week, and we also learn about Mexican and Spanish culture. You can also learn how to make a Mexican mask, and even songs. It’s more than just a “text book” it’s a fun work book that can be read over and over again.

If you are a person that isn’t versed in Spanish, but still want to check out this book, there is a website that parents, teachers, librarians, or anyone can go to in order to read along with the book, learn the phrases and words, before you try and teach your child. The website is http://www.polyglotkidz.com. My son and I had a lot of fun looking at this book, and I think that you will too. He’s a little young for it now, but we will definitely keep this book for a long time and re-visit it as the years go on. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, it was really fun and it actually taught me a couple of new words and phrases too!

Kerrie Irish, Comfy Reading  May 20

Kirsty Bookworm 1102

I was given a ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends is a book aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 10. The purpose of the book is to help children to learn basic Spanish.

The book consists of a story about Panchito, a jumping bean. Words are introduced first in English, with the Spanish written alongside in bold. If the word is repeated later in the story, the English is not there, but the word is replaced by Spanish, still in bold. This aims to help children remember the word they had previously learned.

After the story, there is a chapter entitled ‘It’s Your Turn’, which uses examples from the story to encourage children to talk to friends and parents in Spanish.

‘Culture Corner’ teaches children about Mexican culture, using both English and Spanish, and also shows children how to make their own mask.

The final chapter is an index of all the words learnt throughout the book, in Spanish with the English written right next to it, organised by chapter.

The book was really colourful, with lots of pictures throughout the book. This holds children’s’ attention whilst using visual aids to aid memory.

I like the fact that the Spanish was written in bold, to make it stand out, and that the Spanish gradually replaced the English, encouraging children to remember what they had learnt.

There is also an audiobook available online for free that you can download and listen to whilst reading along at the same time, so you can hear the correct pronunciation (http://polyglotkidz.com/listen).

This book is perfect for learning basic Spanish. I even learnt some new words myself!

I rate this book 4/ 5 stars!



Kirsty, Bookworm1102

Sand Castle Academy Website

Let’s go to Mexico on a plane! Who might we meet?  You’ll be surprised to meet Panchito the Mexican Jumping Bean!  He’ll take you on an adventure during which you will learn about the Mexican culture, including some Spanish.

This book is more than just a story book.  The story is written mostly in English, with various words throughout written in Spanish, making for sentences that are a combination of both languages.  You can download an MP3 file from the Polyglotkidz website so that your children can listen to the story as they follow along in the book.  This is something that I wish more language books would include.  As I could try to pronounce the Spanish words, certainly my accent would be totally off and leave the children confused if they did ever try to speak it using my ‘version.’

The concept of  ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish (affiliate link) by learning a few words at a time while enjoying a story and activities is interesting.  There is more emphasis on ‘fun’ than on ‘learning’ so it will appeal to kids.  And with the recording, it will also appeal to adults.  I’m sure there will be some parents walking about the house naming items as they go…which will only reinforce the vocabulary for both parents and children.


Mrs. Mommy Booknerd website

Mrs. Mommy Booknerd April 13
A great book that allows both children and adults to jointly learn some simple Spanish. I recommend that you use the website as well, as it will aid the in the correct pronunciation of the Spanish words. The pictures that accompany the story are interesting as well and help aid in understanding what is happening in the story.  4 stars  

Storytime blogspot

So this week, I have brought you all a couple multicultural books, so I thought…what better way to end the week, than to bring you another one! :) Hola: Let’s Learn Spanish, by Judy Martialay, is a beginner book put together for children to start learning Spanish words. In the first part of the book, it starts out with a story based in Mexico and transitions from English to Spanish words. In the rest of the book, it continues to provide pages and a glossary of different words that are translated from Spanish to English, so that children may understand. It also gives a few pages into the culture in Mexico, by talking more about the food and activities that they do.

I thought this book was very creative and is a great beginner book for kids and even adults to begin to learn Spanish. I was a little confused at the beginning of the book where the story is, where it had certain words that transitioned from English to Spanish. For me, it was a little confusing the way it was portrayed throughout the story part of the book. I think maybe if the Spanish words were put in a parentheses, that would have helped with the confusion, but that’s just my opinion. Other than that, I thought this book was very informative and creative. It does a good job of not just introducing simple English words and phrases into Spanish, but also how it tells more about the Mexican culture. It even has a couple pages where it goes into detail about the Mexican masks in the culture and then gives two patterns for masks if children wanted to make one themselves. I thought that was very educational and well thought through.

The illustrations throughout the book were very simple, but good. Children will be able to relate to the drawings and colors that are portrayed.

So if you are looking for a beginner Spanish book, I’d check this one out. This book is not just for children and parents, but I think for teachers as well. This book would be excellent in a classroom setting. :)



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 Alyssa Steward, Everread

Here are my thoughts about the book:

I like that it reminds me to speak Spanish with Levi. I like that it has so many fun activities in it, and not just a story. We've done the treasure hunt, made some masks, and we're definitely planning on putting on the skit and making a piñata. 

I think the book is correctly targeted for ages 6-10. Benjamin, who is eight, was also listening to the story and getting involved.

I'm not super impressed with the illustrations and the design of the book. The author is a retired Spanish and French teacher, and she illustrated the book herself. Levi doesn't mind that it's not going to be winning awards for illustration. That doesn't bother him a bit. What he cares about is the story, which is fun, the activities, which are enjoyable, and the time he gets to spend with me, which is priceless to both of us. 

I'm glad we have ¡Hola! Let's Learn Spanish. I think we'll continue to use it and learn from it, and it's a nice start to our collection of bilingual books. We've had My Food Mi Comida by Rebecca Emberley for ages, but I think that's the only other bilingual book we own.

Atelier Storytime

On sait très bien qu’on n’apprend pas de langue étrangère si on n’est pas curieux! Donc cette fois nous vous proposons de partir vers le Mexique avec “¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish” de Judy Martialay.

C’est la première fois que nous vous proposons un livre pour apprendre l’espagnol, mais en effet il s’agit d’un livre un peu particulier: il s’adresse normalement aux anglophones qui veulent s’initier à la langue espagnole, ce qui est assez courant aux États Unis, vu la proximité avec le Mexique.

Pour les enfants non anglophones, pourtant, c’est une belle occasion d’apprendre l’anglais et quelques mots d’espagnol. Ce qui éveillera la curiosité des enfants qui apprennent l’anglais langue étrangère, c’est le fait de voir que les anglophones aussi apprennent une deuxième langue!

Le livre est conçu comme une histoire: l’histoire du pois sauteur Panchito (“un saltarín”, en espagnol, “a jumping bean” en anglais) qui découvre le Mexique. Les traditions les plus connues du Mexique sont illustrées, le but étant celui de découvrir le pays et d’apprendre un peu de vocabulaire.

Conny Withay for Book Pleasures

What ~
This thirty-six-page paperback targets children ages six to ten years old and their parents who want to learn Spanish. With no scary scenes, the tale contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Colorful but sophomoric illustrations are on most pages. A website with a downloadable audio for correct word pronunciation is available.

This book teaching about Mexico and its culture, people, and language provides a story as well as educational tools. When Pete the Pilot flies the readers to the country, they meet Panchito, a Mexican jumping bean which is in a bean field, taken to market, sold in a store, and placed in a piñata to be found by friends.

The rest of the book covers practicing Spanish words, learning about people and things Panchito saw, making a mask out of beans, reiterating words in the language, and ending with acknowledgments. The readers get to converse, answer questions, have a treasure hunt, show daily expressions, read details about several objects, and sing a song.

~ Why ~
I like that this book promotes learning through a story, following it up with reiteration, repetitiveness, and practice. Having all Spanish words in a bold font makes them easy to locate.

~ Why Not ~
Due to the long paragraphs on the pages, it would best be read out loud to some children as it may frustrate some readers. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words. Some may find the book either too hard or simple to understand regarding Spanish words.

~ Who ~
A retired teacher of elementary, middle, and high school, Martialay was born in New York. No information is available on the illustrator, so it is assumed it is the author.

~ Wish ~
I wish it had more detailed illustrations throughout the book, such as having the jumping bean stand out so young ones could search for it quickly on every page. I do not know if Page 19 was left blank intentionally.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beginner book on learning Spanish from an English perspective, this may be a good choice. This would make a good start to a series on languages and cultures around the world.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for this book to read and review.



We lived in Costa Rica for many years and my youngest spoke Spanish with ease. But after living in Asia and Hawaii for years he seemed to have lost it. So when offered this cute book at a discount in exchange for writing a review I was thrilled to try it out. For starters it is a beginner book, some basics in the language and made into a cute book in order to get kids excited about a different language. For that purpose this book is excellent. It covers the basics and my son loved it!

It comes with a free audio as well which works nicely for my older son who is more interested in listening than reading. They go nicely together. Both my 5 and 8 year old loved it and keep asking to read some more. I even caught them chatting in some scattered Spanish last night so I know it is at a minimum making them interested. Great buy if you want to introduce a new language. I hope it expands to other languages too!
Mary Hickox
Bohemian Travels

Mama Bear Reads

Next we have Hola! Let's Learn Spanish, by Judy Martialay. This is another great book for
homeschoolers, because it's like having an entire unit study in one book. No more searching for ages on Pinterest for early Spanish worksheets! (Am I the only one who does this?) There's a story to read that's filled with vocab, but also songs and activities to work with in the back. Coming from someone who took French in high school (and doesn't know much Spanish at all!)-this is fantastic as an intro to the language! Judy has made it so simple and completely hands-on. I plan on using this as a group activity with all of my kids. This book has everything that you need! I love it!


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As my family and I travel to different places we are always excited to interact with others who speak a different language! The most common language around us besides English is Spanish. I have often wished that my children would be able to learn the Spanish language. I have wondered how I could do this when I myself only know a few Spanish words. I have the pleasure of sharing with you a fun, interactive, and educational way to introduce the Spanish language to your children. It's a children's book designed for children around the ages of 6-10. 
I enjoyed sharing this book with my 7 year old daughter. She is especially motivated to learn Spanish and we had fun reading together. What I loved is how many different ways this book helps you to learn the language. First you have a fun imaginary trip to Mexico with Pete the Pilot and then you get to meet Panchito the Mexican Jumping Bean who takes you on fun adventures. After the story you get a chance to practice some of the words you learned. There are many clever ways that this book introduces new Spanish words to it's readers and I loved this unique aspect of the book. You also get a cultural lesson which is very educational! Do your kids like art projects? There is a fun craft section in the book that helps you make a fun traditional Mexican mask! This book is full of wonderful ways to encourage your children (and yourself) to enjoy learning Spanish!
Don't worry if you don't know any Spanish, there is a website where you can download the audio version of the book! There are resources on the website that provides advice and articles on language learning for children! What a wonderful way for kids and parents to share in learning a new language. We highly recommend this book for you and your family! I give this book 5 STARS!



By Robin Lee TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 29, 2016
Format: Paperback
I found this "Hola! Lets Learn Spanish POD ": Visit New Places And Make New Friends by author Judy Martialay to be excellent and very creative in teaching beginners Spanish to children ages, starting 6 to 12 . We first went to the site provided and downloaded the audio file as an MP3 ... It just works better with the book along the way. You get 30 pages with fun filled, activities, cultural stories songs and some history of Mexico that will definitely keep you child interested at the same time speaking short Spanish words or Phrases.. With use of constant repetition. Since, being little and exposed to it , plus taking it in college for my Nursing Degree, I already recognized and could say these words with my tween (10 ) , daughter.

After a couple of times reading, because we did a section at a time.. I didn't want it as a forced lesson because at that developmental stage they often start to rebel. She was then running around the house now driving my Husband insane with "Hola" or Por Favor.

( I still remember Sesame Street and it's constant repetition of one or two words I picked up as a 5 year old .. Back in the 1970's . My favorite word I learned was Entrada, Entry or Enter. I would drive my parents insane )

The opening page you meet Pete the Pilot that is going to take your child on a trip to Mexico. Explanation of new friend they will meet , that the weather is warm and 15 short basic , introduction phrases , such as Hola, Muy Bien , Gracias, Si', Adios. ( I and my daughter found this part to be very fun and simple to learn these words )

The on page 4 is the story of Panchito , the Mexican Jumping Bean which I found hilarious because the Panchito hops a ride into town and that could be a big mistake for him. He may just end up as a delicious dish of "frijoles"..

Page 14 is Te Toca A Ti : It's Your Turn . With new words, just constant fun repletion and silly illustrations. Page 16 : Is a treasure hunt at Home and the Supermarket. Page 17 : Learning the 7 days of the week and making a cute diary.

Page 18 : Starts "Rincon Cultural " Which covers the location of Mexico , where Spanish is spoken, common foods , learning the 10 numbers , what is a "Pinata". Plus, a sing-along-song.

Page 24: How To Make A Popular Culture Mexican Mask which is used in religious /ceremonies or festivals , such as, my daughter is already familiar with the "Dia de los Muertos " ( Day Of The Dead ) from my cultural studies and Sugar Skulls all over the house.

Then pages 28 to 29 cover a glossary or index of all the English to Spanish words in the book.

This book is a mix of , silly , colorful illustrations and real photography. ... I feel this will help your child's critical thinking skills, and enhance their speech, make them culturally diverse or aware of others around them. I found this book to be also, a great start simple start for Adults who want to learn basic Spanish words used everyday. I use right at the Hospital with other co-workers .

Highly Recommended ... Have some fun with your child ... Adios

Paperback copy given for a possible review by author.

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When Judy Martialay, a retired French and Spanish teacher, asked me to review her book, ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish, I was surprised and delighted at the same time.  The reading of her book was a lovely surprise for me. And I must say that I really enjoyed it.
Aimed at children aged between 6 and 10 years of age, her book aims at making them discover the Spanish language in a children-friendly manner. The book is not a bilingual book, as many would imagine them. It is different and it opens to the discovery of a new language, Spanish. It all starts with an imaginary plane ride to Mexico. There the children meet Panchito the Mexican Jumping Bean and follow him in his adventures. Judy Martialay gives the reader a chance to discover Spanish words as they read through the story and discover the Mexican culture. This book is different from the many bilingual books I have read is such a way that it is not a translation of the story from English into Spanish, but allows the young reader to discover the Spanish language is a fun way. The addition of Spanish words in the story looks like using words in one language when you speak another one; and it is a great way to get the basic of the language, especially for young children who are not necessarily bilingual.
Extremely children-friendly, the book aims at teaching children basic Spanish words and phrases, at giving them a taste of the language. It is a fun book to read with colourful drawings and a lot of information. The pronunciation of the Spanish words can be found of the site: Polyglot Kidz (http://www.polyglotkidz.com).
This book is much more than just a story using Spanish words within the story. Judy Martialay goes further and offers an activity section where children can try the Spanish they discovered in the story and see whether they can use it.  She really encourages them to use the language in everyday situations, with for example a treasure hunt around the house for some objects. Judy Martialay does not forget the culture linked to a language and has a cultural section that has been well researched. It is explained clearly for children to understand and discover another culture of the world. Children discover the type of Spanish used in Mexico, they learn about local food, customs, markets and piñatas.
Children like to sing and Judy Martialay does not forget it and present a song with its translation and music score; it is the traditional song that children sing when they go breaking a piñata.  There is a craft section where children can create a mask made-up of beans, a very Mexican tradition.  She ends up with a short memo of vocabulary.
When Judy Martialay, a retired French and Spanish teacher, asked me to review her book, ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish, I was surprised and delighted at the same time.  The reading of her book was a lovely surprise for me. And I must say that I really enjoyed it.
Aimed at children aged between 6 and 10 years of age, her book aims at making them discover the Spanish language in a children-friendly manner. The book is not a bilingual book, as many would imagine them. It is different and it opens to the discovery of a new language, Spanish. It all starts with an imaginary plane ride to Mexico. There the children meet Panchito the Mexican Jumping Bean and follow him in his adventures. Judy Martialay gives the reader a chance to discover Spanish words as they read through the story and discover the Mexican culture. This book is different from the many bilingual books I have read is such a way that it is not a translation of the story from English into Spanish, but allows the young reader to discover the Spanish language is a fun way. The addition of Spanish words in the story looks like using words in one language when you speak another one; and it is a great way to get the basic of the language, especially for young children who are not necessarily bilingual.
Extremely children-friendly, the book aims at teaching children basic Spanish words and phrases, at giving them a taste of the language. It is a fun book to read with colourful drawings and a lot of information. The pronunciation of the Spanish words can be found of the site: Polyglot Kidz (http://www.polyglotkidz.com).
This book is much more than just a story using Spanish words within the story. Judy Martialay goes further and offers an activity section where children can try the Spanish they discovered in the story and see whether they can use it.  She really encourages them to use the language in everyday situations, with for example a treasure hunt around the house for some objects. Judy Martialay does not forget the culture linked to a language and has a cultural section that has been well researched. It is explained clearly for children to understand and discover another culture of the world. Children discover the type of Spanish used in Mexico, they learn about local food, customs, markets and piñatas.
Children like to sing and Judy Martialay does not forget it and present a song with its translation and music score; it is the traditional song that children sing when they go breaking a piñata.  There is a craft section where children can create a mask made-up of beans, a very Mexican tradition.  She ends up with a short memo of vocabulary.
When Judy Martialay, a retired French and Spanish teacher, asked me to review her book, ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish, I was surprised and delighted at the same time.  The reading of her book was a lovely surprise for me. And I must say that I really enjoyed it.
Aimed at children aged between 6 and 10 years of age, her book aims at making them discover the Spanish language in a children-friendly manner. The book is not a bilingual book, as many would imagine them. It is different and it opens to the discovery of a new language, Spanish. It all starts with an imaginary plane ride to Mexico. There the children meet Panchito the Mexican Jumping Bean and follow him in his adventures. Judy Martialay gives the reader a chance to discover Spanish words as they read through the story and discover the Mexican culture. This book is different from the many bilingual books I have read is such a way that it is not a translation of the story from English into Spanish, but allows the young reader to discover the Spanish language is a fun way. The addition of Spanish words in the story looks like using words in one language when you speak another one; and it is a great way to get the basic of the language, especially for young children who are not necessarily bilingual.
Extremely children-friendly, the book aims at teaching children basic Spanish words and phrases, at giving them a taste of the language. It is a fun book to read with colourful drawings and a lot of information. The pronunciation of the Spanish words can be found of the site: Polyglot Kidz (http://www.polyglotkidz.com).
This book is much more than just a story using Spanish words within the story. Judy Martialay goes further and offers an activity section where children can try the Spanish they discovered in the story and see whether they can use it.  She really encourages them to use the language in everyday situations, with for example a treasure hunt around the house for some objects. Judy Martialay does not forget the culture linked to a language and has a cultural section that has been well researched. It is explained clearly for children to understand and discover another culture of the world. Children discover the type of Spanish used in Mexico, they learn about local food, customs, markets and piñatas.
Children like to sing and Judy Martialay does not forget it and present a song with its translation and music score; it is the traditional song that children sing when they go breaking a piñata.  There is a craft section where children can create a mask made-up of beans, a very Mexican tradition.  She ends up with a short memo of vocabulary.


¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay, paperback, 30 pages, published by PoliglotKidz Press in 2015.

Ride along with Panchito (a Mexican jumping bean) and Pete the Pilot to learn some basic Spanish. Go from the bean fields to the markets and then off to a party, learning Spanish all the way.

My complete Spanish repertoire prior to reading this book was gleaned from Dora the Explorer episodes, so basically I could count to three and say hello. ¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish was perfect for a total beginner such as myself. It is a fantastic resource for children and adult beginners alike, with its engaging and interactive method of introducing the language. You can also go onto the Polyglotkidz website and download the audio files. This allows for listening to the correct pronunciation of the Spanish words, and provides an opportunity to practice speaking the language.

I liked the story of Panchito, which was fun and I picked up a number of words as I read. It was easy to see the translation of the Spanish words. I felt like I was learning Spanish straight away! There is a glossary of words at the end of the book for quick reference, which was handy for checking words I wasn’t sure about.

I really enjoyed the Culture Corner section of the book. The information was interesting, relevant and age-appropriate. I did not know that a jumping bean is not a bean at all! It even included the words and tune for the song which is traditionally sung during the striking of the piñata.

Activities designed to strengthen language retention were a useful addition to the book. Suitable for children of all ages these activities could be done in a group or individually. I really liked the idea of doing a treasure hunt as part of the language learning experience. There was also a short play which would be fun to act out.

¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish is suitable for primary school children, but can be used by anyone wanting a fun way to pick up a little bit of Spanish. I would like to see more books like this for other languages in the future.


*I received this book from the author, who asked me for an honest review of this book. I did not receive any other remuneration, and the review is composed entirely of my own opinions.


Epic Book Reviews,The Reading Room, Goodreads, Amazon

In this fun and imaginative book by foreign language teacher Judy Martialay, Pete the Pilot takes readers to Mexico, where they meet Panchito the Mexican jumping bean. Adventures abound as Panchito explores the Mexican culture, learning lots of Spanish words and phrases along the way.

Panchito’s adventure begins in a bean field, when he hops into a basket of beans and is whisked away to the market- el mercado. After exploring the many sights and sounds of the village, he finds himself at a birthday party –fiesta de cumpleaños– where he makes lots of new friends and learns even more words to say in Spanish.

What a fantastic book! Kids will love to follow along with Panchito through his many antics and adventures which make language learning fun. Full of adorable illustrations, the story is so entertaining that you don’t feel as though you are practicing language lessons or drilling vocabulary. Each new word is introduced with the English translation, then repeated throughout the book so that readers can practice them multiple times.

Included in the back of the book are several activities for kids to continue practicing what they’ve learned, including a quiz, a skit to perform with their friends, interesting facts about the Spanish language and Mexican jumping beans, a song about a piñata, and more. Readers can go to http://www.polyglotkidz.com for the audio accompaniment to the book. ¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish is a engaging and wonderful way to get kids interested in learning a second language, highly recommended!

Rating: 5 stars


I really loved this well-thought out book.
It is engaging and informative.
I can see how useful it will be in the classroom or at home.
Spanish is one of the most popular languages spoken in the world. It's also a relatively easy language for English speakers to learn.
Why wouldn't you want your child to learn it?
Ms Martialay has done a fine job with the book, its content and not to mention, those great illustrations.
I also really enjoyed listening to the free audio version.
This book will inspire any child to want to learn and love speaking Spanish


For the purposes of this review over Hola! Let's Learn Spanish, I was sent a paperback copy of this book.

The story itself is cute enough for young kids; I have a daughter that is 5.5 years old and when I tried to go over the storyline with her she kept seeming like she was not really following the overall story. She was more interested in looking at the small illustrations that were in the book. This is recommended for young kids ages 1-5 and for me there are too many words/ too much writing on the majority of the pages. With so many words and sentences for the story I think that this is more acceptable for older kids.

The part of the book that I found the most helpful; for older kids as well, was the back of the book. The words and days of the week breakdown was more beneficial overall. I'd still recommend this for older kids and not so much a 5 year old as my daughter had a very limited amount of Interest in the book overall.

I based my rating on the book as a whole, the value and the ease of reading. I have rated it 4 stars and I can recommend it to customers on Amazon.


Excellent introduction to Spanish for young learners.


This book gives you an easy way to try out the Spanish language.  Spanish is spoken a lot in New Mexico, and I don't know any of it.  I did know some of the words introduced here and I learned some new ones also.  If your child hasn't tasted the language yet, this is a fun way to learn!

The author graciously sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

I enjoyed the presentation.  There was a mix of English and Spanish through out.  Some words were shown as illustrations.  You learn how to count to ten, common greetings and common items around the house.  You learn about Amigos, jumping beans, frijoles and more.

The story covers traveling to Mexico, hitting a pinata, playing together and more.  In just a few pages you get very good coverage of the basic beginning of the language and how to use it.  There's a vocabulary at the back of the book, too.

Why not practice with your child and see how you do?  The more languages you know, the better off you will be.  My grandfather from Czechoslovakia managed to become a US citizen because he fought in WWI with the US and could speak eight languages.  Who knows where your knowledge might take you?

Jo Ann Hakola
The Book Faerie
4225 Harrison St
Las Cruces, NM  88005
Proud Member of IOBA, Independent Online Booksellers Association

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HOLA! Students of Spanish, I've always wanted to say that...! No, I'm really not a Spanish teacher at all, but I did find a good Spanish book to help my own children grow on the subject that I would to share with you!

Hola! Lets learn Spanish is a children's book that includes several learning tools for children. The book starts with an imaginary trip that takes the reader to the land of Mexico where they meet a funny little Mexican jumping bean named Panchito, who introduces them to his land as the book explains basic words and situation that one might find in his environment. After the story is completes the book goes into a section that includes words and sentence learning structure. Later the book also includes a cultural sections which introduces more common and fun items one might experience in Mexico.

After sharing this book with my 3 children's that range in the ages from 7 to 13, they all let me know that they enjoyed the book, however, each one gave me their different take on "Hola! Let's Learn Spanish"

Adalynn's our now first grade, "oh how time flies..." has learned a bit of Spanish in her pre-k and loved Dora the explorer when she was a little younger almost as much as she still loves Olaf. When she first opened the book she looked long and hard at the pictures knowing they were telling her a story that she wanted to under stand. Though she could read all the words, the book really came to life when, we as a family, read it together and explained each situation. She really had fun with the story segment of the book, and enjoyed listing to us pronounce the fun sounding Spanish words.

My 5th grade daughter also enjoyed the the book but could appreciate it herself. Though she enjoyed the story, she really enjoyed learning more about the pinata and the whole family enjoyed the "Dale Dale Dale' the pinata song! There is actually a lot of details that can be absorbed in the book for children of all age levels and she probably leaned the most out of all three children.

My 8th grade son in actually taking first year high school Spanish and he is familiar with the language. As he read the book he found that he enjoyed seeing how the words were being used in context to the story. He knew most of the vocabulary but reading the story with mixed English and Spanish was enlightening to him. He also complemented the book as a learning aid for using the primary and important words that are currently being used in his class.

As for the family we enjoyed chatting about the story over dinner. "Hola! Lets learn Spanish", will continue to be used as a fun learning aid for the language in our home.

And one more thing, there is an audio version of the book a[...]and it can be downloaded before beginning so that you can hear the authentic Spanish pronunciation by on of the Authors Spanish speaking friends!

Oh and here is a little background on our talented Author.

"Hola, Lets Learn Spanish" was written by Judy Martialay, a long time veteran of not only the Spanish language but the French language as well. As for Judy, she is also a member of the Public Advocacy Committee of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, the National Network for Early Language Learning, as well as several other very well know organizations. Judy has written a fun book to entertain and educate all at the same time, and being that I have three children of my own that all enjoyed the book I think you will too!

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A copy of ¡Hola! Let's Learn Spanish was given to me in order to be able to write a review. As an only partial Spanish speaker, I found the book fun and a good length to use as a supplement for an elementary school Spanish class or as a supplemental reader for elementary school students.
The illustrations are bright and inviting and the character, Panchito the Mexican jumping bean, is cute. Seeking other friendly bean friends, he leads the reader through an adventure starting with a bean field full of unfriendly beans, to a market place, ending at a birthday party complete with pinata.
The book is not overly long and does not feel like an academic book, much to its credit. I think for the intended reading population, 6-10 years old and their teachers, will find many fun stories and activities, such as the mask activity, complete with printable pages and suggestions for decorations with beans/frijoles and a short play.
I like the way the author paired English words with their Spanish equivalents, eliminating the reader's need to look elsewhere for translation during the reading. She has also included glossaries for vocabulary and an introduction to Mexican culture.
I would recommend this book as a supplement to a formal as well as an informal introduction to Spanish for young readers.


Que mono! Judy Martialay has created a wonderful party that is also a book. Filled with everything from a neat little story, to activities, games, and work sheets, she has managed to make reading this book into a Spanish experience. She leaves nothing out and makes this a fun learning tool for both parents and children. Any person reading this with their child, can direct the book to the appropriate age group. Whether your child is very young and you want them to become familiar with the sound of a new language, or you are interested in pushing it up a notch, this is a wonderful example of every aspect of leaning about Spanish culture. I asked to review this book and the author send me a complimentary copy.

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JoAn Martin, Lifestyle,The Baytown Sun, October 16,

!HOLA! Let’s Learn

Spanish by Judy Martialay,

published by Poliglot Kids

Press, Paperback, 2016,

Ages 6-10

Pete the Pilot says, “Fasten

your sear belts.” His

job is to fly kids around the

world with stops in different

countries. His efforts to

learn the language in each

country helps him make


The first story is about

a Mexican jumping bean.

Panchito is lonely in the

bean field. He sees lots of

beans, but they don’t talk or

play like Panchito, the Mexican

jumping bean does.

When Mr. Villa picks

the beans and puts them in

baskets to sell at the market,

Panchito jumps into the

basket. He does not want

to be left behind. He continues

to enjoy adventures,

even gets to go to a birthday


Throughout the story

text, the reader is offered

Spanish and English words.

Most 6-10 year olds will

absorb the two languages

effortlessly. When the player

has a turn trying to break

the piñata, everyone sings

the catchy song, “Dale,

Dale, Dale.”

Judy Martialay uses rebuses

(pictures stand for

nouns} that are an easy trick

for learning familiar words.

At the supermarket, food is

named in both languages.

There are patterns for the

craft of making

a traditional



that the children

will enjoy.

She has

combined a



a fun activity


culture corner helps the kids

learn about life in Mexico

and compares it with life in

their home country.

The audio version of the

book can be downloaded so

children can hear the correct

pronunciation: www.

polyglotkidz.com A downloadable

game is available

to play and a glossary.

!HOLA! is a start in learning

the language. This colorful

book introduces children

to Spanish as well as

opens doors to a fascinating

world. The format is kept

simple so learning Spanish

will be a pleasant experience.

Judy Martialay has taught

languages in elementary,

middle and high school.

She promotes parents and

children asking schools to

present the opportunity to

learn languages as young as


JoAn Martin is a retired

teacher with five published

novels. Reach her at Josbook@

mindspring.com or

at www.josbooks.com.




A Simple Life, Really?

I believe children are more apt to learn another language a lot easier and quicker than adults. I think this can be proven through the television shows that are now available to us that show them that they too, can speak another language. Not only is it neat but it can be lots of fun, as well.

My children being home schooled, know a few words already but with this book entitled, Hola! Let's Learn Spanish they were able to learn more words which resulted in tons of fun. The started using it in their everyday conversations.

This is just the sweetest book. Instead of the author just throwing words at you and your child. The author shows you Spanish, conversation style. I think this way is better because it teaches them how to use what they learn.

Pete the Pilot is the leader of this Spanish journey and he takes you to Mexico to learn more about the culture and the language. The author also provides you with a short and precise teaching lesson. Not only that but if you go to this link, you get an audio of the book so that you can hear how to properly pronounce the words you are reading. Specifically, geared towards the 6-10 age group, but most anyone above that age would not have trouble learning from this book.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.


"I received a copy of this book from the author, in return for an honest review.

In ¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish, the reader follows the adventures of Panchito, the Mexican jumping bean. While Panchito’s story will certainly entertain children ages 5-10, it also provides an introduction the Spanish language and Mexican culture.

What I liked about the book:
• It has an online audio option, so the reader / listener, can hear the correct pronunciation of the Spanish words. The link for the audio can be found on the Copyright Page.
• The Spanish words are repeated throughout the story to assist with retention and understanding.
• The author provides information on Mexican culture.
• The author discusses the fact that Spanish is spoken in many different countries.
• The format is simple and easy to follow.
• The illustrations were relevant to the lesson on each page.

What should be added to the book:
• The author says beans are very popular in Mexico, so I think a recipe on a popular bean dish would be helpful. (A bean dish without Panchito of course).
• A brief discussion on how some Spanish words can vary in different counties, or regions within the same country, just like English does.

Overall impression:
I am left with a favorable impression of this book, and I would recommend it to families with young children."





Maria Heeks-Heinlein

Children's Librarian

Sully Branch Library

530 Webster Avenue
Rochester, NY 14609 


Hola! Let's Learn Spanish is a fun way for kids to learn Spanish! As kids follow the adventures of Panchito the jumping bean, kids will learn everyday Spanish in a fun way that will stick with them to help them learn the language. With the book going from English to Spanish, kids will be speaking the language like a natural!

I was truly amazed with this book and how well it teach's somebody the Spanish language but in a fun kind of way that you won't be thinking that this is a lesson. I would recommend going to the website before starting this book to get audio while reading the book so the words would make more sense. I so wished that something like this was out when I was taking Spanish for school that it would have made learning so much easier and you get to have a little bit of fun as well!

Thank You to Judy Martialay for coming out with a Spanish book for kids to adults that makes learning Spanish a little bit easier!!

Niki's Book Reviews


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hola! Let's Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

¡HOLA! gives children 6-10 an early and fun start in learning Spanish. Parents can use it with their children, whether or not they know Spanish. Please go to the audio page at polyglotkidz.com for your free download of the audio version. Follow the book along with the audio to learn the pronunciation. Kids take an imaginary trip to Mexico where they meet Panchito the Mexican Jumping Bean. They follow his adventures while being drawn into the culture and learning Spanish. Activities follow to practice Spanish. They include a treasure hunt and a skit. Culture Corner give more ideas for practicing Spanish while learning more about Mexico, including the song for breaking a piñata. Children can follow directions for making a traditional Mexican Mask. Parents should go to Parents' page on website for more advice on how to use the book.
It's important to download the audio version so that you can stop and return to parts that you want to hear again.
A great easy read for anyone, not just children. Lots of colorful illustrations. This book is not just about language. It's about culture all around. Music. Reading. People. etc. Great book!
Thanks for letting me read and review this book Ms. Martialay!

From the Author

¡HOLA!.. is a start in learning the language. My hope is that parents and children will be enthusiastic about learning Spanish and will ask their elementary schools to implement programs for learning languages. Currently, only 15% of elementary schools here in the U.S.offer any form of foreign language instruction.  
Please see that your child continues the study of Spanish. If your local elementary school doesn't offer FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School), please ask your Board of Education to implement a program so that your child and others can enjoy the benefits of learning another language.
It takes many years to master a language, which expresses all the complexities of human thought. Your child will have a truly useful skill with amazing benefits after studying the language throughout grade school and college.

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¡Hola!: a great new book for children to learn Spanish

¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish with Pete the Pilot and Panchito by Judy Martialay is a fun and adventurous story through Mexico as the reader is introduced to vocabulary in Spanish. Panchito is a Mexican jumping bean and he is on an adventure to find friends. As he travels through various locations in Mexico, he introduces the basics of conversation, names, places, food and much more. The Spanish words are in bold and the English words are presented only at the first time a new word is introduced. Each time after that, only the Spanish word will be used. The book has fun games and puzzles to further teach the readers the Spanish words. For instance, a Treasure hunt can be played to find the items in Spanish around the house as well as a skit to practice a conversation in Spanish. The book also includes an online resource for pronunciation help and a Parents page for downloadable versions of the games for further practice.
I was approached by Ms. Martialay about reviewing ¡Hola! and I jumped at the chance. My husband and I have been trying to teach our daughter Spanish. I’m currently learning while my husband grew up speaking both Spanish and English. I have been looking for new ways to introduce Spanish to my daughter. While the book is recommended for children ages 6-10, my daughter, who is 4, enjoyed hearing the story as Panchito searched for new friends. I enjoyed the presentation of the Spanish words and the resource of an online Audio pronunciation help. I loved the games that the book presents as a great way to integrate the Spanish words into the reader’s everyday life. I highly recommend ¡Hola!for any family and classroom libraries. It is a great resource for children and adults who wishes to learn because you are never too young or too old to learn a new language.
¡Hola! is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble


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At the request of the author, Judy Martialay I received said paperback, but larger than usual paperback; it was also sent to me at no charge for my honest opinion.


It’s books like these I enjoy the most. Maybe I’m a kid at heart, and at the same time thriving for more education no matter how old I get, and in this day and age it’s a good thing to learn a second language as you go out in the world, and what better language to start with than Spanish.  So let’s get down to the fun stuff.  May I also add here first that there’s a audio version at:  http://polyglotkidz.com …

This book is for the teachings of children who want to learn.  Possible age range 6-10, and their parents whether they know Spanish or not.  The purpose for the book is to ease into the learning of Spanish and how fun it could actually be. With the audio version parents and children could follow along in making it super simple by hearing how the word is pronounced and you can start, stop as many times as you like until you got it… is that cool or what!!!!  It also contains advice for parents on the “Parents Page”, on how to use the book as well as links to interesting articles on language learning for children.  There’s even a downloadable game to play as a review when you finish the book.

Talk about making homeschooling can give parents and children an experience in language learning which can be followed up with long-term language programs designed for homeschool use when they become much older.  They’ve got a step up on the game already!

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As you all know I have four children and eleven grand-children and one great grandson.  I know what a crew,  huh?  Well, I worry about their education and what they get at school, but this book is something parents can teach them at home and it’s something fun and to even make a game out of it.  Children get to meet Pete the Pilot , who takes them on an imaginary trip to Mexico.  During the trip, they learn some basic Spanish.  Their are so many Spanish speaking children at my grandchildren’s school… heck, it was that way when my children were growing up and they would come home speaking some Spanish phrases and I was amazed… and answered back… WHAT???  Children bring their Spanish back home with them to practice with friends and family in the activities section of this book.  In the culture corner, they learn more about life in Mexico and have more opportunities to practice Spanish.  Finally, they follow simple directions in the craft section to make a traditional Mexican mask…. FUNNNNNN!!!!!!

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¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends Kindle Edition

This book was also highly entertaining as well as educational.  The author definitely has a way with words to hold your interest, and I hated to put the book down when I had to stop for a moment for the real world’s chores.

The pictures in the book only added to the indebtedness of the subject.  Nothing elaborate to take away from the book itself. They were a perfect addition.  Christmas would be a great way to open up a new world for your child or relative/friend. Stocking stuffer? Definitely. Birthday present? Of course. Just because you care? Most assuredly. This holiday season pick up a copy of  HOLA “Let’s Learn Spanish”, and give it to Santa. He knows a lot of people, and children that could use a break from the real world, and put a smile on everyone’s face with fun and learning.

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My Review:

Learning a new language (no matter how old you are) can be tricky but in this book, Judy Martialay makes it fun to learn Spanish. Pete the Pilot, is our tour guide and his job is to fly kids around the world. He’s a friendly character and explains how kids love to do the same stuff as you or me. Along the way, we meet Panchito, the Mexican Jumping Bean. What unfolds is a delightful story of Panchito and what his life is like, as well as Mexican customs and traditions.


Each page is filled with adorable, colorful illustrations any child can relate to along with plenty of Spanish words to learn. Because it’s told in a story, it’s easy to learn the Spanish words. I found myself speaking Spanish before long and laughing.


While this book is geared for primary school-aged children (6-10), adults can pick up Spanish, too. Before long, the whole family will be speaking Spanish.


Martialay has a passion for teaching children foreign languages and it comes across in the book. I loved it and plan on buying the French one next. An excellent resource for teachers, parents, educators and even grandparents. A must own!


My Rating:  5+ stars


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I don’t usually review books but when I was asked to review Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish I was happy to oblige! Our family is trying to learn Spanish and we have been for a while now. Living in Mexico makes it easy but learning in the home is difficult. It is only natural to use your native language when you are in your nest!



A “learn Spanish” book that I could read to my boys was appealing because I thought we could try to spend a little more time in the home learning Spanish together. Our sons are three and six and they are picking up the language simply by living in the country but a little help reading with Mom won’t hurt either ;-)

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Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish was written by Judy Martialay. Here is a short description via Judy:


“The book gives children roughly aged 3-10 a fun and easy introduction to Spanish. You can download free audio for the book.

Children take a ride to Mexico on Pete the Pilot’s magic plane.

There, they meet Panchito, Mexico’s favorite Jumping Bean, follow his adventures, learn Spanish, and soak in the culture.

The book contains several fun sections:

  • Story
  • Skits you can perform for family and friends
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Culture Corner where you learn about bargaining at a Mexican market
  • Song
  • Craft with directions for making a Mexican mask
  • Word Index

There’s also a downloadable game to play as a review when you finish the book.

Please see the parents page on the website for tips on how to use the book, resources, and links on learning languages.”


Judy’s book can be found online at Amazon in a paperback edition or a Kindle edition. Visit this link to learn more about Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish.

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¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish, by Judy Martialay, is a book containing a cohesive learning experience that packs a punch, with an enjoyable story, Spanish words and phrases, fun activities, and a song.
In the story, Pete the Pilot takes readers on a journey to Mexico, where they are introduced to Mexican culture. They soon meet a new friend, Panchito, who is a charming and adventurous Mexican jumping bean. Panchito is lonely so he sets off to find someone to play with. After landing in a precarious situation, will he manage to find new friends?
But los frijoles don’t answer. They don’t talk or play. They are not jumping beans like Panchito. ~Excerpt
There’s a link included in the book, guiding readers online to listen to an audio version of the book, as well as view recipes, a parent’s page, and more. The audio version allows children and parents to hear the correct pronunciation of the Spanish words as they read along.
Curiosity leads to knowledge, and educating our young ones on cultural and language differences provides a great opportunity for growth. (The younger the better!) This book provides a wonderful opportunity to learn commonly used Spanish words, phrases, customs, and activities, while being entertained at the same time.
Where is Panchito? (¿Dónde está Panchito?) ~Excerpt
I love children’s books that are educational. With interactive activities, learning opportunities, and an adventurous tale, this book holds much more than just entertainment value. Parents might learn a thing or two from this book as well. ¡Fantástico!
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Target Age: 6-10
Publisher: Polyglotzkidz Press
Pages: 60
ISBN: 978-0991132409

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This review is from: ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends (Kindle Edition)
Review of Hola! Let's Learn Spanish
by Judy Martialay

This is exactly the style and content that I would wish for teaching young children a language. This book guides young learners into Spanish, and a similar guide to learning French is planned. Enclosing Spanish vocabulary in a cute story arc, children (and I think adults too!) absorb the Spanish vocabulary by seeing it in context. Additionally, the author provides exercises, music, and a cultural corner, so the book is a neat total experience. I look forward to further language study books from this publisher, Polyglot Kidz Press.

The author generously provided me with a print copy for review.


¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish

          By Judy Martialay

               Reviewed by

         Elizabeth Varadan


A fun learning journey for children . . .


This is a delightful introduction to Spanish language for children, and it can be used as a learning tool in a variety of ways: For the very young (five-ish or so), I would recommend it as a family read, with the parent reading aloud and then the whole family sharing words they have learned. (The author gives several engaging activities for practicing the vocabulary in the book.) For older children who can read on their own, it’s an excellent way to immerse them in a story that highlights basic vocabulary while supplementing a Spanish class at school.


The story is told first through the character of Pete the Pilot, who takes the reader on a trip to Mexico to learn a little about some experiences of children in Mexico. The story picks up through the character of Panchito, the Mexican jumping bean, who gets swept up in a basket of beans being taken to market, makes his escape into a basket of candies, and ends up inside a piñata at a birthday party. It’s a cute story, and Spanish vocabulary is introduced in small doses in context. The follow-up sections offer opportunities to practice vocabulary learned in the story—a song in Spanish, a game of hide-and-seek, mask-making, etc.


In addition to the story and activities, you can download an audio version of the book for free from the authors website, www.//polyglotkids.com, and listen to the correct pronunciation of each word. My only suggestion here would be to have the audio version in separate sections, so that a listener can focus on particular applications of vocabulary. (Otherwise one has to listen to the whole book each time.) I heartily recommend this book as a first step into the richness of the Spanish language.


An additional note: At the author’s website, one can also order Bonjour, Let’s Learn French. And, from the line-up illustration of young people saying, “Ciao,” “Salut,” etc., it looks like more languages are in the works.


This book was offered to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.



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Overall I am very impressed with how new words are presented, so that kids understand how they not only SHOULD be used, but how to exchange the English word for the Spanish one. Growing up in Southern California, this was really how we learned Spanish BEFORE we learned Spanish! Most of us spoke 'Spanglish', mixing words in the same sentence, from both languages with ease. And this is what the book reminds me of. It is an easy way to get your kids used to hearing the different words contextually, while allowing for additional exercises and vocabulary tests, via the games, to check their retention. Miss Grace is quite hooked and the book is also allowing for reading out loud opportunities, making it a dual purpose book- something homeschoolers all love!
The book is available on Kindle (and Nook), and in print, offering you multiple choices, that best work for your child's learning style. Miss Grace likes being able to follow along in the book, so for her the print works best. There are even some recipes, and more cultural information, on Judy's website, allowing for more educational resources! We're looking forward to the future French book, and I know once you check out this book, you will be too!


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It’s been a goal of mine for the last couple of years to improve my Spanish language skills and help my girls to become fluent Spanish speakers. See, I have a basic understanding of Spanish and even enjoy watching shows in Spanish (with English subtitles that is), but my ability to hold a conversation is quite lacking.

After living in Puerto Rico for 3 years I picked up a bit, but much of it is a mix of Spanglish and slang. I studied French in high school and have no formal understanding of how Spanish sentence structure or grammar works. I learned all my Spanish from daily interactions at the grocery store, food trucks, quick hellos in the parking lot, and my frequent trips to the fabric store. As many of you know, I would love to return to Puerto Rico one day and settle down. So of course, learning Spanish is at the top of my to do list all of the time. Currently we’ve been using Rosetta Stone and doing our lessons over breakfast. The girls are really picking up words and using them throughout the day to ask for things like “agua” and reply with “si, mama” when I ask them questions.

This year I’ve been working on more intentional ways to bring Spanish language into our home in the form of entertainment. Books are my favorite way but I’ve also been switching any Netflix show (well really their only show, The Magic School Bus) to Spanish without any English subtitles.

I recently received a really cute book in the mail called, Hola!, Let’s Learn Spanish. It was sent to me by the author Judy Martially and she asked if I’d review the book for her. As many of you know I’ve reviewed other books in the past, and I was especially excited to open up this one since it was so timely to our family’s current season where we’re trying to really buckle down on Spanish.

The book, Hola!, Let’s Learn Spanish is a little adventure book. Kids are taken on a plane ride to Mexico with Pete the Pilot and meet an a array of characters and discover what it’s like to live there.

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It’s written primarily in English but along the way Spanish words are sprinkled in, making it very easy for kids to stay focused but also catch little bits Espanol. For those who don’t yet know Spanish you will use context clues to recognize the word and hopefully pick up how to use it in a sentence. It’s really a great way to begin reading in Spanish. Since there aren’t long sentences with lots of accents to know you can easily read this to your child and emphasize the new words you’re learning without feeling overwhelmed. You can also visitPolyGlotKidz website and listen to an audio version of the book where you’ll learn the pronunciation of the words.

The back of the book also has a Culture Corner with activities, songs, and a list of frequently used Spanish words and phrases. This is perfect for a mama looking for lessons to do with kiddos, whether you’re focusing on Spanish in particular or simply wanting to mix up your homeschool studies. You could easily invite over a few mama friends with their kiddos as well and host a Spanish themed playdate!

Are any of you learning a new language or trying to teach your children a language? Let’s chat in the comments section. I always reply.

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Let's Learn Spanish is a great, educational book for teaching kids about another language. Even if you've never spoken a word of Spanish, the book makes it easy to learn.

You follow Panchito, a Mexican jumping bean, as he goes on adventures throughout the book. My 10 year old son seemed to like the book, even though he struggled with some of the pronunciations. The book does include a link to audio so you can hear how to pronounce the words, which is helpful. There are also a variety of activities, as well as information on Mexican culture, as well as a map of Mexico.

Overall, I found Let's Learn Spanish to be a nice refresher course for me (I took two years of Spanish in school), as well as a nice, simple way to introduce kids to a new language. I rate it 4 stars.

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In our house, Spanish words were often used in substitution for English ones -- they call that Spanglish -- and it wasn't until adulthood that I realized how blessed we were to have grown up with that exposure. In our home, we teach both Latin and Spanish. We teach them in school, but also go out of the way to use the vocabulary and phrases in everyday life, for better retention. We also find that reading stories helps with better retention.

One of the Spanish stories we recently struck upon is ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish! It's designed for younger children (under 10) and at once both a living story and a base curriculum rolled up into one. ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish is a great introduction to the language. This is part of a series of books that teach basic foreign language skills and cultural awareness. In this episode, Pete the Pilot takes us to Mexico and we follow a jumping bean, Panchito, from field to fiesta! Spanish phrases, vocabulary, and culture is introduced throughout the text.

Things we really like:
There are several color illustrations, and the text is larger print than a typical book. These things make it easy to follow along, visually, as you go through the book. Also, all of the Spanish words are in bold print – making it easy to pick them out – and typically either just before or just after an English translation (though not always).
You can download the audio version of the book for free to read along. The author narrates, which helps with learning pronunciation, while you can follow along in your book.
As a parent, if you know no Spanish, don’t feel intimidated. You won’t need Google translate…everything you want to know is in the glossary at the back! You and your child will learn greetings, basic phrases, numbers, days of the week, short phrases to express emotions, and a handful of other words.
There are printable worksheets to accompany the sections for added practice.

Sections of the book include :
The story itself : Pete the Pilot and Panchito (the jumping bean) take you on an adventure through Mexico
It’s Your Turn : activities for practicing Spanish words & phrases
Culture Corner : learning about Mexican culture and more in-depth explanations of parts of the story (eg, all about the piñata)
Hands-On Projects : three projects, including a craft project, complete with templates, for making masks to be used with the second project – a skit to act out, and a song (complete with sheet music) to go along with it
Glossary : Spanish words organized alphabetically by section and translated into English

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¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish: A Book Review

¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish: A Book Review

Introduce kids to new cultures through language, literature, and fun activities with ¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay. This book is great for parents and educators teaching Spanish to young children, regardless of their own Spanish skills. Additional resources to support the book and your Spanish language instruction are included on the PolyglotKidz website. Find tips for using the book, recipes with Spanish conversation practice, and a game/juego to download and play after reading the book.

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Here’s a peek at all that’s offered in this interactive book.

¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish Visit New Places and Make New Friends

!Hola!/Hello! The adventure begins with Pete the Pilot telling readers they will be leaving on an imaginary trip to Mexico. He introduces some basic Spanish words and greetings to practice before landing in a sunny bean field !en un campo de frijoles!  

Panchito Meet and follow the adventures of  an energetic jumping bean named Panchito. Learn about Mexican culture as Panchito heads from the farm to the market and then to a birthday party where he meets new friends. Readers are introduced to additional Spanish words and phrases woven which are woven into the story and repeated often. New vocabulary is translated in English only the first time it is introduced in the book, encouraging readers to apply what they are learning.

For example, “At el mercado, vendors call out their wares, ‘Hats, tomatoes, beans! ¡Sombreros, tomates, frijoles!‘” (El mercado had been introduced on the page before.)

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Note: An audio version of the book is available on the website and can be downloaded for continued practice. Follow along with the book and hear the correct pronunciation of the Spanish words. This is so helpful, and highly recommended!

Te toco a ti/It’s Your Turn Time to practice what you’ve learned with conversation and vocabulary activities, including a treasure hunt and a skit. Find more fun ways to practice what you learned with the activity sheets available for download on the website.

Rincon Cultural/Culture Corner Learn more about the topics introduced in the story (like what exactly is a jumping bean?!), and practice the pinata breaking song.

Una Mascara/A Mask Follow simple directions to make a traditional Mexican mask out of … frijoles!

Palabras/Words The final section is a handy glossary of words that were introduced in the book and are organized by chapter for easy reference.

Download our FREE Picture Vocabulary Cards. Write and draw Spanish words and expressions to practice.

Judy Martialay has experience teaching Foreign Language in elementary school, middle and high school. Her dream is to give all children the opportunity to experience a foreign language, as early as possible. Follow her blog here.

!Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish is available in print and Kindle on Amazon.

Coming in October 2017: Bonjour! Let’s Learn French

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A great resource for learning Spanish! While it's geared toward teaching grade school kids (Ages 6-10), the adults reading this can stand to learn just as much! Only knowing a few words in Spanish, I found this to be a fun and educational read! Told as a story, the words are used in sentences accompanied with colorful pictures to help make the learning easy and fun.

Using food, a song, and fun masks to teach about the culture as well as teaching Spanish words along the way, make this an interactive and interesting way to learn a new language!

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A great resource for learning Spanish! While it's geared toward teaching grade school kids (Ages 6-10), the adults reading this can stand to learn just as much! Only knowing a few words in Spanish, I found this to be a fun and educational read! Told as a story, the words are used in sentences accompanied with colorful pictures to help make the learning easy and fun.

Using food, a song, and fun masks to teach about the culture as well as teaching Spanish words along the way, make this an interactive and interesting way to learn a new language!

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¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish introduces children to Spanish with seven stories fill with tradition, culture, music and language. This book is more than a regular book. It is a manual easy to read that gives children a fun learning experience of a new language.
The book begins with Pete the Pilot who invites children aboard his magic plane for an imaginary trip to Mexico. When the children arrive, they meet Panchito, a Mexican jumping bean who opens the doors to a new words and adventures. When children return, they bring back their Spanish traditions and culture with fun activities.
In the activities and culture corner, children can enjoy a treasure hunt of people and objects, put on a skit with their friends, sig the Piñata song, make a traditional Mexican mask with dried beans.
This book offers an audio version where you can read and practice Spanish pronunciation. Visit: http://polyglotkidz.com.
Created by Estella Mejia
I recommend this book for age 5-10 years old and for Foreign Language classes in Elementary School or adults who are learning Spanish Level 1-2.
Congratulations to Judy Martialay for this excellent source to learn Spanish while reading a have story.
Book available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C32FEWQ/                          

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¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish! (ages 6-10) Review by Karen Waide

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I enjoy finding new resources to help the children and I learn foreign languages. Recently we have been focusing on Spanish, so I was thrilled to get a chance to receive ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish! from Polyglotkidz.com. This book is written by Judy Martialay, a retired foreign language teacher who advocates for foreign language education for all children. It seemed like the perfect book to share with the children as they are all in, or close to, the recommended age range. My youngest son is 5 ½, while the girls are 7, 9, and 10.

We received the soft cover, 30 page book to read, plus there is access to the audio of the book on their website. I downloaded this audio as recommended so we could have the book read to us, and have the opportunity to hear the Spanish words read by a native speaker.

There are six sections in the book, plus an acknowledgments page at the back of the book. The sections are as follows:

  • ¡HOLA! (Hello!)
  • Panchito (Panchito)
  • Tetoca a ti (It’s Your Turn)
  • Rincón cultural (Culture Corner)
  • Una máscara (A Mask)
  • Palabras (Words)

The first section, ¡HOLA! (Hello!), is an introduction to the children from Pete the Pilot, who is taking the reader on a “trip” to Mexico. Included in this section is a list of 15 common words/phrases, along with their translation. It is suggested to practice these words before “arriving” in Mexico. You and your child will practice such words/phrases as: hello, my name is…, please, yes, good-bye, and the numbers 1-5.

After this two-page introduction, you will find the bulk of the book, the story titled “Panchito.” Panchito is a lonely Mexican jumping bean who we first meet as he is jumping around the bean field looking for a friend. When he sees some workers filling baskets with beans and loading them onto a truck, Panchito jumps in so he isn’t left out. So begins his adventure that takes him to a market and on to a house where a birthday party is soon to be held. He ends up inside the piñata, until a child breaks it open, of course. His search for friends is finally over, and the story ends as Panchito becomes friends with the children.

The neat thing about the way this story is presented to the children is that Spanish words are included in the story, in bold letters. When each word is first introduced, it is included along with the English translation. Each word continues to be used in the story; however, the translation is no longer provided, requiring the reader to recall what was previously learned. Most words are used quite a few times, providing lots of repetition. When listening with the provided audio, there is a pause after the lady reads the Spanish word(s) so that the reader/listener can repeat the word(s).

The next section, TeTocaATi (It’s Your Turn), provides activities for more practice with the words already learned, plus quite a few new words and phrases. Children can practice introducing themselves and asking how someone else is. They can talk about what they would like at their birthday party. Then they can talk about where they can find different objects. There are treasure hunts, where children are to try to find the things listed, both at home and at the grocery store. And there is a chart where children can record how many times they use a specific Spanish expression during the day, a different one for each day of the week. Finally, there is a skit to act out, written in Spanish, with the English translation alongside it.

The next section is called Rincón Cultural (Culture Corner) and it delves into some more details regarding the culture of Mexico. Children will learn where Spanish is spoken, what a jumping bean actually is, more information about dried beans, markets, and piñatas. Also included is a song to be sung while trying to break the piñata: Dale, Dale, Dale (Hit it, Hit it, Hit it).

The section titled Una Máscara (A Mask) is mainly a craft for making a mask using dried beans, though it does give basic information about masks in Mexico as well. Templates for the masks are included.

The final section, Palabras (Words) lists each of the almost 100 Spanish words learned in the book, along with the translations.

The children and I enjoyed gathering around the computer while listening to the story multiple times. I really appreciated the chance to have someone else read the story to the children. And having a chance to hear the Spanish pronunciation was wonderful, seeing as I do struggle quite a bit with knowing how to pronounce words in foreign languages. After we had heard the story a couple of times we completed the activities. I will say, the children have been exposed to simple Spanish conversation before, so some of this was a review for them. We haven’t had a chance to make the masks yet, as I would like to buy a variety of beans before doing so.

Though we read through the skit, we really haven’t acted it out yet. I would love if there was a downloadable copy of the skit and the Daily Expression chart so each child would be able to have their own in order to make completing these activities easier.

I do love the way so many Spanish words are introduced to children through a story. I thought this was an ingenious way to help these words “stick” in our minds. We got to hear them multiple times, and I know how important repetition is for learning things. I do wish the additional words that are introduced in the skit had actually been included in the story. To me, it would have been better to have more practice time with these words before having to act out a skit. There are so many new words, that we have to listen to the skit over and over before we are able to act it out on our own. One of the sentences was said so quickly, using words not heard before, that it is still difficult for me to try to repeat it.

I would love to see a follow up to this book, where children (and parents) can practice the words learned while learning more and perhaps getting some lessons in the grammar that is being used.

¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish! is a neat introduction for elementary age children who are learning Spanish. Children can listen to a cute story and start memorizing Spanish words right from the beginning. There are multiple activities to help reinforce the vocabulary, and children can learn about Mexican culture.


- Product review by Karen Waide, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, January, 2018


Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish is written and illustrated by award winning author, Judy Martialay.  Now, if her names sounds familiar, it could be because you just read her fascinating Guest Post the other week right here on this blog!  You can see it again here at http://eugeniachu.com/2018/01/21/special-guest-post-by-award-winning-author-judy-martialay/.

Now, back to Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish.  This book, about a jumping bean named Panchito, is SO MUCH MORE than just a story!  It’s also an activities workbook for kids to practice speaking and reading Spanish, and includes such fun things like treasure hunt games, a skit for friends to perform, songs (in Spanish and English) and masks to make.  What a fun way to introduce Spanish and a little Mexican culture to children!

The story itself, even without all the amazing extra learning/playing guides, is adorable and educational.  Pete the Pilot flies us to Mexico and introduces some common Spanish words/phrases which will be used in the story.  Upon landing in a bean field, or en un campo de frijoles, we meet Panchito, a cute little Mexican jumping bean!  He is lonely and is looking to make friends, but the other regular beans, or frijoles, do not talk or play.  Panchito goes through a series of events, told in English with some Spanish woven throughout, and ultimately ends up at a child’s birthday party where he makes lots of new friends!  I love happy endings!  And I love the way Judy weaves Spanish and Mexican culture into the story in a way that flows naturally and is understandable, even if you don’t speak any Spanish!  And if you are in doubt, all the Spanish words and phrases, which are bolded throughout the story, are defined in the back of the book.  And if that’s not enough, there’s also an audio version of the book on her website so you can listen to the correct pronunciation of each word.  Judy has thought of everything to make this a fun and interactive way to learn Spanish!  I can’t wait to share it with my son, who is learning Spanish!

If you are interested in this book, there is a direct link to Amazon in the menu column on the left.  Please note that I am an Amazon affiliate which means if you buy anything through my site, I get a very small kickback at no cost to you.  Happy reading!

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These books are a little bit different, in that they are sold as the books, but then you are encouraged to download the audio to go alongside. This is what I tried to do, but I ended up with technical issues, so I resorted to downloading the audio onto my laptop whilst the books were on the iPad. Once I had this work-around tested, I joined in with the boys to read the books. They are written with a mixture of English and either French or Spanish. The audio was very helpful, as we were able to take time to pause and repeat at any point. Also there are useful pages for both books aimed at parents on the website.

So son2 chose to review the Spanish book. This is his first full year of learning Spanish at school, although he did study it for one term only in both the preceding two years. In comparison, I don’t really know more than a few words of Spanish. He really enjoyed this book and is looking forward to being the best Spanish speaker on our holiday this summer. This is what he said about this book.
I liked it because it translated some words into Spanish and at the end it has lots of translations.

Highly recommended by son2.

This is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are mine and my son's own.


¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay is a fantastic way to learn some Spanish and experience a little bit of the culture in Spanish-speaking countries. The best part of the book is that readers don’t have to know any Spanish to enjoy it. At the beginning, Pete the Pilot introduces Mexico and a story about Panchito, a Mexican jumping bean. It’s written in English with key words written in Spanish. The next time those words appear, they are written only in Spanish. This gives readers a chance to practice remembering what the words mean. In the “It’s Your Turn” section, readers learn a few new words and how to ask basic questions in Spanish while the "Culture Corner" section has interesting, fun facts to read. The book also has a skit that can be acted out, a Spanish song that can be sung, and mask patterns with instructions if readers would like to do a fun Mexican craft. The book ends with lists of all of the Spanish words that appear in each chapter and what they mean.

The book becomes an educational kit when readers explore the website and download the audio file that goes with it. www.polyglotkidz.com has all sorts of information about how and why we should learn languages at a young age. It has recipes, activity sheets, and even a board game with questions that can be printed out. The audio has Mrs. Martialay reading with a native Spanish speaker while guitar music plays on and off. Everything works together to create a special real-life Spanish experience. The web site also has information about Mrs. Martialay’s book for learning French if anyone is interested in that.


I had the best time reading and studying ¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish. It’s written for kids ages 6 to 10, so they can have a fun language experience. Even though I'm 13, I still think it’s a great way to take a break and “play around” with learning Spanish. I liked the simple, colorful pictures on every page as I read about Panchito, the Mexican jumping bean, traveling from a farmer’s field all the way to a piñata at a child’s birthday party. Reading the book, thinking about the food in the recipes on the web site, and listening to the audio made me feel like I really was part of Spanish culture. Most importantly, this book helped me realize being able to speak Spanish so people can understand me is just as important as recognizing what is said in the written words that I’ve been studying on my own for over a year now.


Hola! Let's Learn Spanish, by Judy Martialay is a beautiful children's book. The book is colorful, bright and inviting. In the book, readers are introduced to characters Pete the Pilot and Panchito the Mexican jumping bean. The book is written for children ages 6-10+ who are interested in beginning to learn Spanish. In the back of the book there are several activities to do at home (or in the classroom) and a small dictionary of words that were introduced in the book (organized by chapter). I found the dictionary helpful to revisit, to practice new words. The book is a great way to introduce children to Spanish.

The story introduces young readers to Pete the Pilot, who is on his way to Mexico. While enjoying the plane ride, readers begin to learn basic Spanish. Once the plane arrives to Mexico, we meet Panchito the Mexican jumping bean and follow him on his adventures. 

Martialay's book also includes a website (www.polyglotkidz.com) with an audio page - this includes an audio version of the book (which can be helpful with pronunciations). The website also includes: tips for parents, downloadable activity sheets, family friendly recipes, downloadable games, and downloadable info-sheets on the benefits of learning a second language.

I highly recommend Martialay's children's book, Hola! Let's Learn Spanish for all children interested in learning a second language.