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Conoce a / Get to know Gabriela Mistral



Title: Conoce a / Get to Know Gabriela Mistral

Author: Georgina Lazaro Leon

Series: Personajes del mundo hispanico

Recommended for:  grade 2-5 

Pages: 29

Call Number/Link:  SPA J B MISTRAL, G.

Synopsis: A quiet, shy, and humble little girl grew up to become a very important writer. How important was she? She was the first Latin American writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, the most prestigious award given to writers in the world!

Thoughts:  I like how these books are bilingual and are illustrated very nicely.  They are attractive to the eye and present the information in a storybook form while giving excerpts from their body of work. For a biography it was interesting and told their story fairly quickly and would be a great use for book reports or personal information.  We only have a few books in the series so they would have to be held and brought over from other libraries.

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Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Historical, Juv, Non-Fiction, Spanish


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My Colors = Mis Colores

My Colors = Mis Colores cover

Title:   My Colors = Mis Colores
Author:   Rebecca Emberley
Series:   not named, but a series of bilingual board books that teach basic English and Spanish vocabulary
Recommended for:  Babies and toddlers who are first learning their words, children and adults who are learning English or Spanish as a second language
Pages:   unpaged (about 19 pages)
Call Number/Link:  SPA E TINY EMBERLEY, R.

Rating:   *****





Ilustraciones etiquetadas introducen colores y sus nombres en inglés y Español, junto con las palabras de varios objetos de colores brillantes.
Labelled illustrations introduce colors and their names in English and Spanish, along with the words for various brightly colored objects.
I absolutely love My Colors = Mis Colores and the other books in this series.  I wish I’d owned them when I first started taking Spanish class.  It would have been a much more entertaining way of learning vocabulary words than my method of using flashcards with the English word on one side and the Spanish word on the other.  (I made the flashcards myself so did not have cute illustrations or consistently legible handwriting.)
Over the years, I have paid special attention to books and materials that introduce the reader to a different language due to my interest in learning other languages This series is my absolute favorite.
It is a great choice for babies and toddlers who are first learning to talk, in either English or Spanish.  (Or both!)  It is an excellent choice for children and adults who are in their first (or second) Spanish or English class.  It works well for children and adults who would like to teach themselves Spanish – and works equally well for ESL students.
The words are written clearly in big letters that are easy to see (and read),  There is a boldly colored accompanying picture that illustrates the vocabulary word being taught.  The author has selected basic words that are among the first words that one learns when studying a foreign language.
The book My Colors = Mis Colores has a slightly different format than the others in the series.  In My Colors = Mis Colores, each color being taught has a two-page spread.  The background of the left page is the color with the color’s name in the middle of the page (English above Spanish).  The right page has a picture of an item of that color and gives the English and Spanish words for the item.
The other books in the series usually have one page per vocabulary word with the English and Spanish written words and corresponding illustration on the same page, although there’s the occasional two-page spread.
Other books in this series:
My School = Mi Escuela; My Animals = Mis Animales; My Clothes = Mi Ropa; My Food = Mi Comida; My Toys = Mis Juguetes; My Numbers = Mis Numeros; My Opposites = Mis Opuestos; My Shapes = Mis Formas.
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Posted by on February 2, 2016 in Concepts, Spanish


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Counting Ovejas

Counting Ovejas cover

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.

Rating:    ****




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!)






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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Picture Books, Spanish


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