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Author: Nancy Hooper

Illustrator: Raymond Betancourt, translation: Jacqueline Quinones

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Publisher: Omni Arts, Publishing, Inc., ½2003

Material: hard cover

Summary: Puerto Rico is a tropical island, home to coquis (singing frogs). A group of coquis who lived in the rain forest annoyed the parrots. They hopped away and went to a bunch of different places. Eventually, some returned to the rain forest because the parrots wanted them back. This is a bilingual picture book that blends information about Puerto Rico into a story with a moral.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Read by a 15-year-old student at Menchville High School for the Use Your ABCs program.

Young Reader Reaction: I liked the book. The colorful cover is what attracted my attention. It was interesting and showed you the cultures of Puerto Rico. This is a good book for reading to young children (preschool, Kindergarten).

Adult Reader Reaction: We tried multiple times to engage our preschooler with this book, but were never successful. We thought it was a nice story. We liked the bilingual format, where English is one half, then you flip the book to read the Spanish version. You have to be very comfortable with your Spanish-speaking ability to read that version.

Pros: You can learn about Puerto Rico, its animals, culture, and food in this picture book for young children.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice book to read, but unless you have a connection to Puerto Rico (e.g., vacation, heritage) it isn't one you would call a classic.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ON THIS BEAUTIFUL ISLAND (EN ESTA HERMOSA ISLA)   MOOSE AND MAGPIE   TIME For Kids: FROGS! (Science Scoops, Developing Reader)

Educational Themes: There are several layers to this book, with broad themes like Puerto Rican culture and animal habitat, or more direct lessons in diversity and acceptance.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, bilingual, Spanish, animal characters, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2008

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