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How do You Make a Dragon Laugh? Bilingual Book Best for Spanish Immersion Students

Pairing a Bilingual book with Voice_Oveer_Audio a key to engaging English and Spanish Language Learners in Spanish Immersion Programs

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How Do You Make a Dragon Laugh? for Spanish Immersion Students
Pairing  a bilingual book with Audio may be key to engaging English and Spanish Language Learners in reading
There is a shortage of bilingual adventure stories for ages 4 to 8. A bilingual interactive storybook published in March of this year, How do You Make a Dragon Laugh? may excite kids in Spanish Immersion Programs and cause the kids’ love of reading to soar.

How do you Make a Dragon Laugh? is about an adventurous, imaginative girl named Lia who is invited by space aliens to visit a fantastical zoo in the faraway planet Eleuthera to help a melancholy Dragon laugh. When she arrives at the faraway zoo, Lia is dismayed to find an unhappy Perry the Dragon huddled in a tiny cage because he acted out a bit. Lia has great empathy and tries to treat others as she would like to be treated. At the Eleuthera zoo, large animals run free
and frolic by the sea. Lia is determined to help Perry the Dragon run with them, and be happy, safe and free.

Susan Coursey, Editor of has posted A free Voice-Over-Audio professional prepared  on the author’s website  as an example of the benefits of pairing an audio with an adventure story like “How do you Make a Dragon Laugh?” Coursey states the Voice-Over-Audio of the interactive talking storybook can “read” to the child and adults.including a daycare provider or grandparents to help them learn the story that excites the child.

Benefits of Pairing a Voice-Over-Audio with a Storybook
Special benefits to pairing an audio with a good story like How do You Make a Dragon Laugh? include:

  • Add special effects to customize the story to make it come alive for the young reader
  • Adjust the tempo of the audio to use the audio in Read Aloud mode, sounding out each word
  • Add definitions with pronunciation of  important words.
  • Help a child retell the story, a fun activity that builds confidence

·         For English Language Learners (ELL) the benefits may be even greater. Many young ELLS have parents whose English is limited who are hesitant to read stories to their children.

  • A parent or relative can read the Spanish version of How do You Make a Dragon Laugh? first and then listen to the free audio. The audio “reads” to a child while the child reads and turns the  pages.
  • Engage grandparents and other relatives in reading activities; grandparents do not need to read or understand English. The audio reads to them so they will be engaged in an exciting story.
  • When children and adults understand the story, parents and children can discuss the plot and expected outcomes.
  • Reading a book at night while cuddling the child is a bonding experience.

How do You Make a Dragon Laugh? is an excellent bilingual book for Spanish Immersion Programs for English and Spanish Language Learners.. Pairing the Voice-Over-Audio with the bilingual book makes a great combo and may a key for reading success for children in the Spanish Immersion Program. Parents who read to their child just fifteen minutes a night may see child’s reading skills soar..


 Make a Dragon Laugh
 Lia’s Magic Dragon
 interactive storybook
 Spanish Immersion Program

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