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La Fiesta de Fritzi (Fritzi's Party)

La Fiesta de Fritzi (Fritzi's Party)

Fall 2012 DVD
Ages: 2 - 7 yrs.
DVD Price: $19.99

La Fiesta de Fritzi is part of the Parents' Choice Award winning Whistlefritz foreign-language DVD and CD series. The program, which requires no prior foreign language training, is designed for beginners and targets children ages 2 to 7.

The Whistlefritz series, including La Fiesta de Fritzi, utilizes language immersion, a method which relies entirely on communicating in the foreign language, without any translations. The program blends live action, animation, interactive songs, and puppetry to convey word and concept meanings so little viewers will have no trouble following the gist of the simple storyline. In La Fiesta de Fritzi, friends plan a party for adorable animated mouse Fritzi, and the Spanish-language lessons focus on party-related words with which kids are already familiar. These include balloons, toys, colors, and more. This DVD also includes a booklet with song lyrics and a chart with English translations for many of the key words used in the story.

The 30-minute program is shot in HD, mixing live-action elements with bold but simple animation (reminiscent of the children's program Blue's Clues), providing a backdrop for personable host Maria and friends. Maria's got a bright smile and a personality infused with enthusiasm that shows as she encourages very young viewers to read or repeat the vocabulary words.

The Whistlefritz website also includes free downloadable materials making La Fiesta de Fritzi an entertaining and educational resource for teachers, homeschoolers, and parents interested in introducing very young children to Spanish.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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