March 3, 2011

Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle by Nicole Weaver

Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle

By Nicole Weaver

About the book: This story is about the love that developed between a little girl named Marie and a stranded sea turtle. The story tells the struggles Marie had as she helped the sea turtle back out to sea.

What I enjoyed: I loved that the story is told in three languages, English, Spanish and French. Many families are bi-lingual and this story allows the native language speaking parent/grandparent to sit and read with the English speaking child. And it exposes that child to a third language.

The illustrations are lovely, with bright colors and lots of action.

About the author: Nicole Weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish.

Nicole’s schedule is jammed packed with teaching, writing, reading, reviewing, reading and more reading.  I was very thankful to Nicole for carving out a little time to answer some questions.  Let’s click our fingernails on those keys and give a warm blogview welcome to Nicole!

The tri-lingual component of this book is what lured me in.  Nicole, tell me, what benefit(s) do you feel a child gains from being exposed to bi or tri-lingual books during this stage of their young reader lives?

Nicole:
Children are like sponges they learn very quickly.  Studies have shown children have a unique ability to pick up a language faster than adults.  In my experience, I have found this to be very true.  I taught a group of Mexican children in Houston Texas, at the end of the school year they were able to communicate very well.   Later on, I decided to teach at the high school level, students encountered a lot more difficulties mastering the language.


What resources to you suggest for parents who want to include exposure to another language in their child’s early years development?

Nicole:
The local library is a great place to start.  Look for places where classes are being taught by native speakers.  The Alliance Fran├žaise is a good place to start.  Most big cities have an Alliance Fran├žaise.


Nicole is excited to announce that Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle will be available on Kindle for the low price of $4.99. Nicole, what can a Kindle reader expect if they purchase this book? Are the illustrations included?

Nicole:
All the illustrations are included.  The only difference is the Kindle edition is not in color.


What is next for you?

Nicole:
I have a second trilingual book due to be published summer 2011.  I am currently working on revising several manuscripts that I will be submitting to publishers.


Where can our readers find out more about you and your books?

Nicole:

Thanks for stopping by Strands of Thought, Nicole.

Lovely readers, don’t forget, Goodreads is hosting a giveaway of The Weaver this month. Be sure to enter to win and add it to your to-read shelf. 

9 comments:

  1. I've seen the great difference learning more than one language at an early age can make for children. Besides being a touching story this book should help inspire kids to do that.

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  2. This is a lovely review about a great book. Congratulations to you both. One of my favorite topics in a kid's book...

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  3. Wonderful review and what a neat looking blog, too!

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  4. Wow Nicole! Exposing kids to 3 languages. That's great!
    Blessings,
    J. Aday Kennedy
    The Differently-Abled Writer & Speaker
    Children's Author of Klutzy Kantor & Marta's Gargantuan Wings
    www.jadaykennedy.com

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  5. Thanks ladies for stopping by and for the kind words!

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  6. Very nice interview, Kai. And what a terrific idea to convey the story in three languages, Nicole---now you have me intrigued to see if I can remember enough Spanish and French from my youth to follow the story.

    While stationed in Thailand in the early '70s, a few of us connected with a grade school in a nearby Thai village to help teach English to the children. We got a chuckle during the assembly as each class demonstrated our read-and-repeat English lessons for all the teachers. My class had a distinctive southern accent and my buddy's class sounded as if they were right out of the Bronx.

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  7. Hi Kai,

    I just got home from parent teacher conferences. Thank you so much for posting the review/interview. I also want to extend a thank you to all who took time to leave a comment. Your support brings joy to my heart.
    Nicole Weaver
    http://marieandherfriendtheseaturtle.blogspot.com

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  8. Bill, that's a great story! I never thought about that before. So funny! Thanks for sharing that with us.

    Nicole, it is a pleasure to have you here with us. Thanks so much for stopping in.

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  9. Thanks! for sharing this great review.

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