I want my daughter to enjoy the benefits of learning a foreign language. After reading The Bilingual Edge, I decided to introduce Spanish, since I’m proficient, and Russian, since I know a little and it is a heritage language for us.
Anya tells us, in both Russian and English, about her love of dancing. Although I wish she wasn’t wearing theatrical make-up and a pink glitter costume (and I wish they had included panties in her outfit), Anya provides a fun way for us to interact in Russian. The child’s voice is cute without being annoying, the accent is clear, and the phrases fit well into a toddler’s natural routine.
We respond to Anya’s questions, have her jump and dance as she names those moves, and count along with her.
All these Language Littles Dolls are available at Kazoo Toys ($37).