Title: Counting Ovejas
Author: Sarah Weeks
Illustrator: David Diaz
Recommended for: Preschool and early elementary students, either in their native language or a language they are learning. Students of any age who are beginning to learn English or Spanish.
Pages: 32 pages
Call Number/Link: SPA E WEEKS, S.
When increasing numbers of sheep in a rainbow of colors appear in a boy’s bedroom as he tries to fall asleep, he must resort to more and more elaborate means of removing them. What do you do when you can’t sleep? Count sheep in Spanish and English, of course! But what happens when those rascally sheep get a little too close for comfort? Well, if you’re anything like the sleepy little hero in this clever tale, you might just tire yourself out trying to get rid of them!
I love this book for a few reasons. It is bilingual. The author provided a pronunciation guide under each sentence in Spanish. It is both a color book and a counting book. And the illustrations are cute, especially the sheep.
It can be read to children just for fun OR to help them learn a new language. (Adults and teens are more likely to read it to learn basic vocabulary in their second language – it’s always good to know colors and numbers!)