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Author: Ginger Fogelsong Guy

Illustrator: Ren

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

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: playtime reading, read aloud book

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

Interest Level: 0 to 5

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 ¿Qu

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BABY EINSTEIN: Wordsworth's Book of Words; A Bilingual Book of Words   BUENAS NOCHES, LUNA (Good Night, Moon)  

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

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - math, bilingual, Spanish, counting

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2003

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