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Elena's Birthday Surprise
Elena's Birthday Surprise
Elena's Birthday Surprise
by Alphabet Kids

The Alphabet Kids books follow the adventures of Allegra, Elena, Isaac, Oni, Umar and Yang, a group of children having fun while learning about the diverse aspects of their cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The stories are intended to help children love who they are, and realize that people who are different can be very good friends.

Age: 3 Year-olds | Title: Elena's Birthday Surprise  |  Author: Alphabet Kids  |  Publisher: Alphabet Kids

The Alphabet Kids books follow the adventures of Allegra, Elena, Isaac, Oni, Umar and Yang, a group of children having fun while learning about the diverse aspects of their cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The stories are intended to help children love who they are, and realize that people who are different can be very good friends.

Elena is one of the Alphabet Kids, a group of kids from the Alphabet Afterschool Center who have fun learning about the languages, celebrations, food and music of one another's cultures. In this story, Elana is celebrating a birthday! Since Elena is also Spanish, she uses several Spanish phrases throughout the story, including buenos dias, vamos, hola, pinyata, feliz cumpleanos, and fantastico! The illustrations are high gloss, computer-colored pictures with vibrant, fun color contrasts. The book is also a convenient small size, perfect for taking on outings.
 
The Alphabet Kids do activities and chores that your little one will be familiar with, such as drawing, building with blocks, setting the table, playing with toys, and reading. They also clean up after themselves and help one another clean up too - a great point to make with your child.  Birthdays are always a fun conversation topic for toddlers. Does your little one remember his or her last birthday? Do they know how long until their next birthday? Elena wears a pretty dress and bow in her hair for her birthday; what does your little one want to wear?
 
My three year-old friend Sam picked up the Spanish phrases very well, particularly 'muchas gracias.' When I first read Elena's Spanish 'thank you' to her friends for the wonderful party, Sam asked what 'muchas gracias' meant. After defining it for him, he started saying frequently throughout the day. His mom was so impressed the first time he said 'muchas gracias' when she gave him dinner!
 
--Audra

Allegra Joyce Kassin is the creator of the Alphabet Kids concept. She is a devoted mother of five and grandmother of seven. With a strong belief in family values and deeply committed to multicultural understanding, she brings unique vision, clarity, continuity and extraordinary leadership to the Alphabet Kids team. She is involved in every aspect of development of the Alphabet Kids characters and their stories. She has brought them to life to share with the children of the world! Allegra Joyce has been engaged in wide ranging philanthropic activities from childhood well-being and health to community development and educational enrichment for over thirty years.

Patrice Samara is co-author of the Alphabet Kids books and Executive in Charge of Development. An Emmy Award-winning producer and United Nations NGO Representative, she has with over twenty years expertise in communications and entertainment. She has won over fifty awards for creativity and excellence including two Parent’s Choice Awards and the 2010 Global Citizenship Award for Helping Humanity from Orphans International. Patrice combined her dedication to educational equality, literacy, and multiculturalism utilizing her global resources to make the Alphabet Kids a virtual celebration of diversity.

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