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Author: Ginger Fogelsong Guy

Illustrator: René King Moreno

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Publisher: Harper Festival, a Division of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. ©1996

Material: board book

Summary: The children are walking around the market in search of things to fill their piñata. They celebrate with a fiesta (party) at the end. The book focuses on object identification and counting in Spanish.

Type of Reading: family reading

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 8

Age of Child: Read at 23 months

Young Reader Reaction: S/He didn’t express a lot of interest in this one.

Adult Reader Reaction: A cute story, with a subject every toddler loves: parties. While we have other Spanish books that also offer help in counting and object identification, this was the first one built around a story. Not sure why it wasn’t a hit.

Pros: The illustrations are colorful and the story is fun: collecting special items for a party. The objects go beyond the norm, and its an opportunity to expand vocabulary. You’ll find English and Spanish on each page.

Cons: You need to know more than rudimentary Spanish. While the object associated with the number is identified (dos trompetas), the subsequent page asks ¿Qué Mas? Yet offers no vocabulary.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It’s fun, but has its limits in long-term appeal and utility. There are plenty of Spanish books with counting and object identification that will give you variety and teach, too.

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Educational Themes: The illustrations more than the prose offer opportunities to create an engaging story about shopping in the marketplace.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - math, foreign language, Spanish

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2003

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