Las aventuras de Isabela by Karen Rowan
Las aventuras de Isabela
by Karen Rowan
Isabela Huffman is a precocious 8-year-old girl who can't seem to keep herself out of trouble on a visit to Guanajuato, Mexico, with her mother. She wants to be the president when she grows up. Or a ballerina. Or the president and a ballerina. She's dramatic. She sings on the bus, screams like a baby after putting chile powder on her fresh mango and convinces her mom to buy five pair of new shoes for a big family. No matter how many times her mom asks her to just sit down like a normal little girl, she just can't help getting up to take more pictures of her adventures. When will Isabela ever sit down?
Las aventuras de Isabela is the first novel in a new series for true beginners. It uses a vocabulary of only 200 Spanish words to tell a 2,200-word story. It is repetitive and simple and uses many cognates to make the book comprehensible to beginning adults and children.
Las aventuras de Isabela Blog entry
Yo no soy normal. Letting Isabela be Isabela. by Karen Rowan
Las aventuras de Isabela, available on Teachable $49.99
includes non-downloadable PDF of reader and audiobook for teacher use
New song and lyrics by Greg XS included!!
Karen Rowan is fairly certain she has taught this book more than any other person, since her crash courses are 3 days long. This guide contains everything she does to teach the reader, including stories, photos, exact TPR lessons and a video demo of her teaching that you are welcome to play for your students asynchronously.
Read the blog entry for teachers Letting Isabela Be Isabela on Why to teach las aventuras de Isabela.
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January 6, 2017
My 7th grader had to get this for her Spanish class at school. I love that her teacher is teaching in a useful way, not just conjugating verbs.
Fun book to help with Spanish fluency
August 12, 2015
Bought this for my daughter as she was finishing up high school. She needed this for a spanish class she was taking. It is a cute little story and a fun way to help with Spanish fluency.
Andrea M P Harris
I love how easy it is for my students
October 19, 2015
I love how easy it is for my students. I also really like that it lists the key vocabulary in the back of the book.
October 3, 2012
What a great little book! I'm self-teaching myself Spanish, and only about half way through a basic Spanish book. I needed something to read that used simple vocabulary "in context" instead of in lesson format, and this fit the bill nicely. The plot was meant for children, but this 60 something grandma thought it was fun to read.
August 29, 2015
The book used repetitive language with cognates. Even my students who have never taken Spanish can understand some of it. It's very motivating to beginners because they can be successful reading a book with very little Spanish instruction. I've seen others criticize this book due to the repetition: this is exactly what beginners need! The repetition is essential to remember the structures. I wish I could afford an entire library of this series, in Spanish and French!